Real Madrid could not overcome the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters on Tuesday, losing 1-0 to RCD Espanyol in La Liga to see their five-game winning streak come to an end. Despite the goal scoring opportunities, Madrid missed a bit everything and played a awful second half.
Marcelo has returned to training with Real Madrid, providing Zinedine Zidane a fitness boost ahead of next week's Champions League last-16 trip to Paris Saint-Germain.
Madrid battles Getafe CF at 2:45 p.m. on Saturday at Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid before facing PSG in a second game of a two game Champions League series at 2:45 p.m. on March 6 at the Parc des Princes in Paris, France. Zinedine Zidane made a decision to rotate his squad as he rested Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro for the away trip to the Cornella.
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It also ended Los Blancos' seven-match unbeaten run. And with La Liga lost long ago, Madrid lacked the urgency and the spark to dig out a win they would surely have managed last term.
Real Madrid defeated Gremio 1-0 to lift the FIFA Club World Cup for the third time in their history. But Zidane's XI still should have had enough quality to beat an Espanyol side with a awful record against Madrid in recent seasons.
With the game looking to end as a draw, Moreno converted Sergio Garcia's cross to win it for the hosts.
Catalan forward Moreno wasted a number of chances but his last-minute volley took a wicked deflection off defender Raphael Varane to secure Espanyol's first victory over Real in 11 years. "This result restores our confidence after a series of poor results".
Girona remained in the fight for a UEFA Europa League spot by defeating RC Celta de Vigo 1-0 at home, continuing their impressive debut season in the first division.
Fourth-placed Valencia could overtake Real with a win at Athletic Bilbao last night.