2/27/2018 11:24:15 PM (GMT+3)

Espanyol shock Real Madrid 1-0 in La Liga

Espanyol shock Real Madrid 1-0 in La Liga

Madrid: The decision to rest Cristiano Ronaldo backfired as Real Madrid slumped to their fifth Liga defeat of the season when they lost to Espanyol 1-0 here on Tuesday.

Gerard Moreno struck late to secure Espanyol’s first victory over the Spanish and European champions in 11 years.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane rested Ronaldo ahead of next week’s visit to Paris St-Germain in the Champions League, but it turned out to be a bad decision as the reserve bench didn't live up to his expectations.

Real stay third on 51 points from 26 games, seven behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who host Leganes on Wednesday, and 14 adrift of Barcelona.