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Real Madrid 1-2 Girona: Sergio Ramos sent off in shock La Liga defeat

By Michael EmonsBBC Sport
Cristhian Stuani
Cristhian Stuani played for Middlesbrough for two years before joining Girona in 2017

Real Madrid missed the chance to go second in La Liga as Girona came from behind to record a surprise away win.

Casemiro powerfully headed in from Toni Kroos' deep cross from the right wing to give the hosts a first-half lead.

Cristhian Stuani's penalty made it 1-1 after Sergio Ramos' handball and Girona's Portu then hit the crossbar.

Portu netted the winner with a diving header after Anthony Lozano's shot had been parried, before Ramos was sent off in injury time for two yellow cards.

The defender had been booked when he conceded the penalty, and received a second caution when he attempted an overhead kick but caught Girona's Pedro Alcala.

The red card was the 19th of Ramos' career in La Liga, more than any other player in the Spanish top flight.

It was another controversial moment for the Real captain, who faces a Uefa investigation into whether he deliberately got booked late on in Wednesday's 2-1 win at Ajax in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie - to receive a suspension now and not later on in the competition.

Ramos had been quoted as telling reporters he would "be lying if I said I didn't force [the booking]", but later posted on social media that he had "not forced the card".

Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos has been sent off once and booked seven times in his past 14 matches

Changes backfire for Real boss Solari

Real, who started the weekend in second place in the table, are now third, nine points behind leaders Barcelona, who won 1-0 against Real Valladolid on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid are now second, two points clear of city rivals Real, following their 1-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano.

Real boss Santiago Solari made six changes to face Girona, with Wales forward Gareth Bale among the substitutes and midfielder Luka Modric missing through suspension.

Away keeper Yassine Bounou denied Lucas Vasquez before Casemiro's header gave the hosts the lead. Karim Benzema and Marcelo had further chances saved, and Benzema also headed into the side netting as Real pushed for a second.

However, the visitors - who had not won in their previous 13 matches - fought back. Aleix Garcia wastefully shot over from six yards out and Stuani headed against the post before Ramos charged down the follow-up shot with his hands and Stuani equalised from the spot.

Bale came on in the 67th minute, but was unable to prevent his side losing their grip on the match. Portu hit the crossbar and then scored a 74th-minute winner to severely dent Real's hopes of becoming Spanish champions this season.

'A fair result' - what they said

Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari said: "Girona were better in the second half, they caused us a lot of problems. We've been on a good run and today we did not do the same things.

"We tried to increase our energy levels with our changes but we did not achieve it - we have a big squad and a lot of good players.

"We did not take our chances when we had them and it was really difficult for us in the first 25 minutes."

Asked if they still had a chance of winning the league, Solari added: "Always. We are always in it. We need to get good results as soon as possible, but we're still in three competitions."

Girona manager Eusebio Sacristan said: "It's really important for us to win at the Bernabeu - for our fans, for our team.

"Maybe they were thinking they would get a second goal, but we were slowly getting back into it and getting more confident. At the end of the game it is a fair result.

"We had not won for a few games and had a tough few weeks. But we showed our attitude, and what better ground to do it in."

Line-ups

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Courtois
  • 19Odriozola
  • 5Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 90mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 24CeballosSubstituted forMarianoat 74'minutes
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 88mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 17VázquezSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 58'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 20AsensioSubstituted forBaleat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Navas
  • 2Carvajal
  • 6Nacho
  • 7Mariano
  • 11Bale
  • 15Valverde
  • 28Vinícius Júnior

Girona

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Bono
  • 4Ramalho
  • 5AlcaláBooked at 86mins
  • 15Ramírez López
  • 14García
  • 12Douglas Luiz
  • 24PorroSubstituted forLozanoat 45'minutesBooked at 48mins
  • 8PonsSubstituted forGarcíaat 45'minutes
  • 6Granell Nogué
  • 9Portugués ManzaneraSubstituted forFernándezat 84'minutes
  • 7Stuani

Substitutes

  • 1Iraizoz
  • 17Roberts
  • 19Lozano
  • 21Planas
  • 23García
  • 34Fernández
  • 35Paik
Referee:
Guillermo Cuadra Fernández
Attendance:
68,170

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamGirona
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home19
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away0
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 1, Girona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Girona 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Thibaut Courtois (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jonás Ramalho.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mariano (Real Madrid) header from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a set piece situation.

  6. Post update

    Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Cristhian Stuani (Girona).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marcelo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Pedro Alcalá.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Mariano (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Pedro Alcalá (Girona) because of an injury.

  14. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

  16. Post update

    Pedro Alcalá (Girona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Douglas Luiz (Girona).

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Álex Granell (Girona) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  20. Booking

    Casemiro (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 17th February 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona24166261233854
2Atl Madrid24138334171747
3Real Madrid24143741291245
4Sevilla24107738281037
5Getafe249963021936
6Alavés2410682528-336
7Real Sociedad249783025534
8Real Betis249692730-333
9Valencia2461442420432
10Eibar2471073334-131
11Levante2486103643-730
12Leganés247892530-529
13Espanyol2485112737-1029
14Ath Bilbao2351262328-527
15Girona246992534-927
16Real Valladolid2468101929-1026
17Celta Vigo2466123643-724
18Villarreal2441192631-523
19Rayo Vallecano2465132741-1423
20Huesca2346132339-1618
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