Ronaldo-less Real stunned late by Espanyol

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The primary focus for Real Madrid continues to be the UEFA Champions League, and Zinedine Zidane made that choice clear on Tuesday with his lineup selection.

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Unfortunately, that decision came back to haunt Los Blancos.

Espanyol pulled off a last-gasp victory against Real, 1-0, at the RCDE Stadium behind a 93rd minute strike from Gerard Moreno.

Real, who opted to rest stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and other starters from the beginning, remains 14 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Although it seemed as like a point was in the future of the Madridistas on the day, Moreno’s top-corner volley in second-half stoppage time was the dagger on the afternoon for the visitors.

Espanyol, who currently sits 15th in La Liga, has beaten Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and now Real Madrid this season, despite only being nine points above the relegation zone.