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Gerard Moreno scored an injury-time victor as Espanyol beat Real Madrid for the first time in over a decade.

Real had won their previous five games, but played poorly in Barcelona and are now 14 points behind Barcelona in La Liga. Atletico hosts Leganes today and Barcelona visit Las Palmas tomorrow.

It was Real's first defeat by the Catalans in 11 years after the latest in a long line of insipid displays without Ronaldo that highlight how important the evergreen 33-year-old - who has scored 12 goals in his last seven appearances - is to the side.

"We performed better in the first half than we did in the second", Varan said after the match.

Marcelo has returned to training with Real Madrid, providing Zinedine Zidane a fitness boost ahead of next week's Champions League last-16 trip to Paris Saint-Germain.

No sooner had Madrid impressed on Saturday against Alaves by winning five fixtures in a row for the first time in 2017-18 than suffered another setback and it is really the story of their season.

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However, his decision to also rest French striker Karim Benzema and play Gareth Bale as a center forward backfired.

Instead, Espanyol sustained their momentum at the start of the second half, with Keylor Navas able only to watch as Sergi Darder's header plopped onto the top of the crossbar.

Instead it was Gerard who stole the show as Espanyol scored a deserved win that sees them climb to 13th in La Liga.

However, their 1-0 defeat at Espanyol now opens up the real possibility they will have to give Barcelona a guard of honour when the two sides face off at the Nou Camp. "This result restores our confidence after a series of poor results".

Benzema did come on as Madrid pushed for a late victor, only to be caught on the counter when Sergio Garcia's cross allowed Moreno to score in the third minute of added time.

Fourth-placed Valencia could overtake Real with a win at Athletic Bilbao last night.

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