A surprisingly strong Espanyol claimed a 2-1 victory over Real Madrid in the 8th round of Spanish top-flight La Liga. So, in surprising La Liga football news, Real Madrid suffer a shock defeat to Espanyol at the Cornella-El Prat stadium.
Espanyol managed to hold on to record a famous victory over Real Madrid, However, the Madrid side, despite suffering their first La Liga loss tonight, remain top of the table.
La Liga Football News – Real Madrid Suffer a Shock Defeat to Espanyol
Real Madrid started the game quite actively threatening the hosts’ side when Karim Benzema created two scoring chances.
Benzema tried twice within the first quarter of the half, only for his goalscoring efforts to meet a stern defense.
However, it was Espanyol who opened the score with a well worked team move. This play culminated with a Raul de Tomas tap-in making the score 1-0.
Confused by falling behind, Los Blancos continued to maintain their dominance but they did struggle in the final third.
As the half time approached, Carlo Ancelotti’s side looked desperate to restore the parity. But failed to do so, as Espanyol held out commendably.
The hosts doubled their lead with half an hour before the referee’s final whistle. Aleix Vidal left Nacho Fernandez in the dust crowning his solo run with a fantastic clinical finish.
Visibly shaken by this goal, Real Madrid almost conceded immediately again as Sergi Darder found himself one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois.
However, Darder’s shot went wide of the goal and the score remained 2-0.
Real Madrid’s Italian manager finally decided to bring the substitutes in as his side had no other choice left.
And indeed, it was not long before Karim Benzema scored one goal as at least a compensation for the visitors. Benzema secured a magnificent goal from the edge of the box.
Espanyol – Real Madrid 2:1
Goals: de Tomas 17’, Vidal 60’ – Benzema 71’
Elche – Celta 1:0
Goals: Benedetto 49’