Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Real Madrid stunned at home by Girona

Sergio Ramos Real Madrid Sergio Ramos finally breaks record he has sought for his entire career
Cassandra Castillo | 18 February, 2019, 18:55

Madrid took the lead in the 25th minute with Casemiro on target for the second LaLiga game in a row, the Brazil midfielder powering home a downward header from a Toni Kroos cross.

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

Bale was denied by Yassine Bounou and as Madrid chased a leveller, Ramos was shown a second yellow card after referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez deemed his acrobatic effort to be a risky challenge.

Sergio Ramos has been sent off 19 times in La Liga, more times than any other player in La Liga history.

Ramos received a yellow card during the first-leg tie, meaning he will miss the return fixture through suspension but will be eligible once more should Madrid make it to the quarter-final stage.

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".

Santiago Solari's side had closed the gap at the top of the table to just six points in recent weeks, but Barcelona now hold a nine-point advantage over their rivals after Real Madrid's surprise home defeat.

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The Catalan club hadn't won in the league since November and had entered the weekend one point above the relegation zone.

But they were level after 64 minutes when Ramos handled a Garcia shot and Stuani beat Courtois from the penalty spot, Ramos going into the book.

"It's really important for us to win at the Bernabeu - for our fans, for our team", said Girona coach Eusebio. "The match could have been won and in the end it's lost, we have to do self-criticism and see where we've failed". We lacked that brightness and energy in attack.

Santiago Solari's side looked on track for a sixth straight victory in the league following Casemiro's first-half header at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday. We are always in it.

The inevitable happened in the 63rd minute as Sergio Ramos picked up his fifth yellow card of the season in Real Madrid's LaLiga Santander clash against Girona.

Maybe they were thinking they would get a second goal, but we were slowly getting back into it and getting more confident.

He admitted after the game that the card had been premeditated, saying: 'Yes, the truth is that seeing the result... it's something I had in mind'.

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