Girona forward Portu (right) scored one of the two goals in the 2-1 win over Real Madrid.
Girona forward Portu (right) scored one of the two goals in the 2-1 win over Real Madrid. ANDREU DALMAU

Madrid shocked by Catalan minnows in La Liga

REAL Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has blamed his side's lack of concentration after a shock 2-1 defeat to Catalonian outfit Girona.

"We did well in the first half but football is about details and the first goal was from a throw in and we weren't focused,” Zidane said.

"I don't think we played badly, we didn't lack intensity or effort, we just lost focused at the most important moments and that's why I'm annoyed.

"We're eight points behind but it won't change anything, we can pick ourselves up, we'll have better days than this and our rivals are going to drop points.”

Madrid had never played at Girona in La Liga and this visit came with increasing tensions surrounding the Catalan bid for independence from Spain.

The visitors had looked set for victory when Spanish midfielder Isco tapped in a rebounded shot from Cristiano Ronaldo to open the scoring in the 12th minute.

The home side struck the woodwork twice before the break before Uruguay international Christian Stuani fired them level in the 54th minute.

Forward Portu then turned in the winning goal four minutes later.

Real are third in the standings on 20 points, four behind second-placed Valencia, while unbeaten leaders Barcelona have 28.


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