The consequences of the defeat against Sheriff in the Champions League did their part in Barcelona. Real Madrid suffered an unexpected defeat away to Espanyol, so they found themselves in a situation to lose the leading position in the eighth round of the Spanish Primera - 1: 2 (0: 1).
The Catalans took advantage of the moment in which the opponent is, as well as the omissions made by the defense of Carlo Ancelotti's team. With the goals of Raul de Tomas in the 17th minute and Aleix Vidal at the end of the game, they reached a huge advantage, and then somehow managed to defend it at the very end of the match.
It was not enough for Madrid that only Karim Benzema was on the level. The Frenchman equalized after an excellent action in the 71st minute, assisted by Luka Jović. He later tried to pull his team on his back. He set up Eden Hazard's goal in the 84th minute, but it was annulled due to offside.
Raul de Tomas could not have chosen a better way to take revenge on the Royal Club, where he spent almost his entire childhood, then played with the B and C teams, but he did not get a chance to play his dreams and play for the first team.
Whether they will regret it one day in Real, time will tell, but tonight they regret when the fast attacker used a good cross and scored after an amazing assist by Adrian Embarba. The home crowd experienced a real eruption of enthusiasm only in the 60th minute, when Aleix Vidal simply walked through Real's disoriented defense, punished Nacho Fernandez's poor judgment, and doubled his team's advantage.
Ancelotti was forced to react quickly, so he sent Jovic and Casemiro to the field instead of indisposed Modric and Kroos, and after Benzema's goal, Eden Hazard was off. Vicente Moreno's team was in big trouble in the very end, Real put serious pressure, but in the end, they somehow endured, so the young expert came to the biggest victory in his coaching career and with him many first-team players of the Catalan club.
Friday Bilbao - Alaves 1: 0 (1: 0) / Garcia 44 / Saturday Osasuna - Rayo Vallecano 1: 0 (0: 0) / Sanchez 90 + 1 / Mallorca - Levante 1: 0 (0: 0) / Baba 74 / Cadiz - Valencia 0: 0 Atletico Madrid - Barcelona 2: 0 (2: 0) / Lemar 23, Suarez 44 / Sunday Elche - Celta 1: 0 (0: 0) / Benedeto 49 / Espanyol - Real Madrid 2: 1 (1: 0) / De Tomas 17, Vidal 60 - Benzema 71