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Girona stun Real Madrid on Santiago Bernabeu

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Girona won their second game against Real Madrid since the promotion of the Catalan club in top-flight Spanish football, in 2017.

Real Madrid and Girona played another entertaining game on Santiago Bernabeu today. We’ve seen 27 goals in their last five games, and today’s result made the tally 30 goals in six matches.

Los Blancos, welcomed Girona after finally got their best form back, winning seven out of the last eight matches. With the victory over their city rivals Atletico, they closed the gap on six points behind the leaders Barcelona.

It was Casemiro who scored the opening goal of the game in 25th minute heading the ball into the net after Toni Kross’ corner kick. Marcelo thought he’d made it 2-0 shortly before the break, but his effort was correctly disallowed for offside following a VAR consultation.

Santiago Solari’s side looked on track for a sixth straight victory in the league, as they had control of the game at the start of the second half.

In the 64th minute, Sergio Ramos played with his hand in Real Madrid’s box and Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez awarded a spot-kick for Girona. The referee booked Madrid’s captain for the handball.

Christian Stuani sent his penalty straight down the middle and equalized for the visitors, with his 13th La Liga goal of the season.

Girona were in front 10 minutes later thanks to Portu, who beat a sleeping Marcelo to head home at the back post after Thibaut Courtois had kept out Anthony Lozano’s effort.

The visitors defended very well in the last 15 minutes of the game, as Gareth Bale was denied by Yassine Bounou in the biggest chance Real Madrid get to level the score.

Sergio Ramos was shown a second yellow card for his acrobatic overhead effort deep in the injury time, which the referee saw as a dangerous challenge. He was sent-off for a record-breaking 19th time in La Liga.

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Real Madrid’s goalkeeper, Courtois had the last chance of the game, but his header flew wide in the 95th minute.

The game finished 2-1 in favor of the visitors after the sensational second half come back. Real Madrid suffered a big blow in the title race with their biggest rivals, Barcelona.

The Catalan side won their first La Liga match since their victory over Espanyol on November 25. They were on a miserable streak of 13 games without a win in all competitions, losing all of the last six matches, including two defeats against Real Madrid in Copa del Rey.