Real Madrid all but surrender late title bid with shock defeat to Girona

From the home team’s point of view, every member of their defence, including Thibaut Courtois, ended up on a ‘minus points’ total.

Courtois was -2 while Marcelo, Raphael Varane and Alvaro Odriozola were all on -1. The worst performer, however, was club captain Sergio Ramos who was sent off in injury time after receiving his second yellow card.

Ramos’ grand total for the game? -3 points.

Real’s midfield anchorman Casemiro was their highest scoring player with just 3 points, thanks to the Brazilian international’s goal which actually gave the home side a half-time lead.

Toni Kroos was Real Madrid’s only other player with an increase in points thanks to his haul of 2!

Dani Ceballos, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez and Karim Benzema all finished with 0 points. Gareth Bale, Vinicius Junior and Mariano Diaz all came on as substitutes but only managed to add to the list of zeroes on the Real Madrid team.

For Girona, the two big winners were the goalscorers, Christian Stuani and Portu.

Stuani, the 32-year-old Uruguayan international striker equalised from the penalty spot after 65 minutes to get Girona right back into the game.

Ten minutes later, Portu scored the winner for Girona which gave the left-midfielder a total of 4 points for the game. Stuani was awarded the same total.
Anthony Lozano of Girona received -1 point thanks to his yellow card after he came on at half time for the away team.

The rest of the Girona eleven maintained their discipline throughout with Lozano’s yellow card the only one they picked up. There were no other points awarded to any other Girona players.

However, their goalkeeper Bono deserves a special mention after turning in a strong performance between the sticks as Girona fought their way to a memorable three points.

Real Madrid had been unbeaten in their previous eight fixtures in all competitions as it looked like Santiago Solari was finally managing to turn things around.

Girona’s performance and the result have certainly thrown a spanner in the works for Solari. It may also have a huge bearing on his hopes of a long-term role in charge at the Bernabeu.

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