Catalan minnows Girona FC stunned Real Madrid on Sunday as they came from a deficit to claim a comfortable 2-1 win at the Estadi Montilivi.
All the discussion pre-match was about whether the unsafe political circumstance in Catalonia would in any way affect the game but when the match started every one of that was forgotten as the two sides served up an entertaining football at the Estadi Montilivi.
The home side started the game well and had a vociferous appeal for a penalty in the early stage, which was turned down when the ball seemed to strike Karim Benzema on the arm.
Not to be dispirited by the referee, Girona kept on squeezing, possessing and forced Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla to be on alert following an awesome free kick that almost stuns the visiting side.
Girona were inches far from taking a lead in 11 minutes when Manchester City loanee Pablo Maffeo, who famously kept Lionel Messi quiet in the Catalan derby prior to the season, chop onto his left foot down the right and sent a twisting strike towards the far corner, just to see it crash again into play off the post with Casilla beaten.
Second later, Girona were given a cruel lesson in as Real counter-attack. Karim Benzema spun past his man on the way before feeding Cristiano Ronaldo on the left, the Portuguese cut inside and shot at goal from the edge of the box and while Yassine Bounou parried, he could just palm the ball to Isco, who committed no error from six yards to hand Madrid the lead.
The second half Begins with a substitution as Nacho replaced Raphael Varane who suffered a groin injury towards the end of first half, Madrid almost got the second through Isco cross to Karim Benzema but it was scrambled off the line.
A messy play from Real Madrid in the defence saw Stuani displayed an incredible skill to put the Catalan outfit back to the game.
Real Madrid propelled an attacked by Toni Kroos could apply the completing touch and it brought about a counterattack but was effortlessly managed Madrid defence.
Girona got the second goal with hardly a pause in between after Real Madrid’s defenders failed to sort out their defence to keep Portu on offside position.
Girona’s fighting spirit couldn’t be smashed, nonetheless, and they staged an unimaginable comeback to record seemingly the most critical win in their 87-year history.