Espanyol end Madrid’s 25-game unbeaten streak in Spain


By Tales Azzoni, The Associated Press October 3, 2021.

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema reacts after missing a scoring opportunity during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between RCD Espanyol and Real Madrid at Cornella-El Prat stadium in Barcelona, ​​Spain on Sunday October 3, 2021. (AP Photo / Joan Monfort)

MADRID (AP) – After their third stumble in a week, Real Madrid are suddenly raising concerns.

Madrid lost 2-1 to Espanyol on Sunday to end their 25-game unbeaten streak in the Spanish league. The loss extended his winless streak to three games in all competitions after what had been an almost perfect start to the season.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side had just suffered a shock home defeat to Moldovan club Sheriff in the Champions League and a home draw against Villarreal in the Spanish league.

“We played badly”? ? said Ancelotti. “There isn’t much else to say. It was our worst game. We need to take a step back during the international break and think about why the team has changed their attitude this week.

Madrid had started the season with six wins in their opening seven matches in total before being detained by Villarreal and losing to Sheriff. He had thrived offensively, entering the weekend with the best offense in the league with 21 goals in seven games.

“It was a bad week” ?? Madrid defender Nacho Fernández said. “We have to keep working and make some adjustments, especially in defense. We have a team that can do a lot better than they have in the last three games.

Madrid haven’t lost a league game since a 2-1 home loss to Levante last season. He was undefeated in 18 straight games in the competition, one short of his all-time record.

Ancelotti’s squad have been marred with injuries recently and on Sunday the coach couldn’t count on Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy.

Madrid still lead the league thanks to a better goal difference than reigning champions Atlético Madrid and Real Sociedad. Atlético beat Barcelona 2-0 at home on Saturday, while Sociedad were held to a 1-1 draw at Getafe, last place on Sunday. The top three teams total 17 points in eight matches. Sevilla later on Sunday missed a chance to join them after losing 1-0 to Granada.

This is the second consecutive victory for the promoted Espanyol, who is 13th in the standings. He had won only once when he returned to the Premier League, and only once against Madrid in the past 14 years.

“It took a huge effort from our team”? ? said Espanyol forward Raúl De Tomós, a former Madrid player. “Real Madrid always make you work hard until the last minute.” ??

De Tomès opened the scoring for the hosts at close range in the 17th minute and Aleix Vidal added the lead in the 60th from inside the box after a strong run past the Madrid defense.

Karim Benzema saw a goal denied in the 67th for offside, but found the net again on a breakaway in the 71st after clearing two defenders and sending a low shot into the corner for his ninth goal in the lead. the league.

Eden Hazard saw a goal disallowed in the 84th minute because Benzema was offside.


Real Sociedad missed their chance to take the lead on their own with a draw at struggling Getafe, who earned their first point this season.

Sandro Ramírez put the hosts ahead in the first half and Mikel Oyarzabal equalized for Sociedad in the 68th.

It was the first time in the Spanish league that two official women were part of the referee team for a match.


Rubén Rochina scored what turned out to be the winning goal in the first half as Granada beat Sevilla for their first win of the season.

The team coached by former Spain coach Robert Moreno had lost two in a row.

It was Sevilla’s first loss in the league this season.


Levante sacked coach Paco López on Sunday. He had been in charge since 2018.

Levante has yet to win a league game this season.

He lost 1-0 to Mallorca on Saturday.


Darío Benedetto scored early in the second half as Elche beat Celta Vigo 1-0 to end a three-game winless streak.

Celta, who had won back-to-back wins, saw an Iago Aspas goal denied in the 89th minute due to handball.

Arnaut Danjuma scored a goal in each half as Villarreal beat Real Betis 2-0 at home to remain the only undefeated team.

Sunday’s results brought the struggling Barcelona down to ninth place in the 20-team standings.


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