Girona pulled off an astonishing comeback, coming from 1-0 down to claim a famous 2-1 win at the Santiago Bernabeu to deal a devastating blow to Real Madrid’s La Liga title hopes.
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.
The hosts coasted through the first half, with Casemiro scoring the opener after 26 minutes, powering home a header from a Toni Kroos cross. Marcelo also had a goal chalked off for offside at the end of the first half as Real Madrid controlled the match.
All that changed in the second half, though, as Girona equalised from the spot. The referee spotted a handball by Sergio Ramos after Cristhian Stuani had struck the post and the Uruguayan striker stepped up to convert the penalty.
Portu then hit the woodwork as Real Madrid rocked before putting Girona ahead, squeezing home a header following a Thibaut Courtois save from substitute Anthony Lozano’s curling, right-footed shot.
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid is shown a red card by referee during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Girona FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 17, 2019 in Madrid, Spain.Getty Images
Lozano could have made it three with a header of his own before Ramos was sent off late on for a dangerous overhead kick which saw him shown a second yellow card. The result eases Girona’s relegation fears and keeps Real Madrid in third place.