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Shock upset sees Real Madrid stunned by second-half Girona fightback

Real Madrid took an early lead through Isco, but a stunning second-half fightback from Girona dealt the champions their second LaLiga loss.

Cristiano Ronaldo looks down after another attempt on goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo looks down after another attempt on goal.

REAL MADRID SLUMPED to a shock second defeat of the Liga season as Girona staged a thrilling comeback to win 2-1 at Estadi Montilivi on Sunday.

Two goals in the space of four second-half minutes overturned Isco’s opener as the hosts claimed one of the most famous victories in their 87-year history.

Played against a tense political backdrop in Catalonia, Girona started brightly as their intensity and enthusiasm appeared to unsettle the champions.

Zinedine Zidane’s side looked to have calmed the storm when Spain midfielder Isco gave them a 1-0 lead at the break, but significant cracks in defence were soon pried open by the promoted side.

Cristhian Stuani equalised with his fifth league goal of the season before attacking midfielder Portu put Girona within touching distance of a victory in their first ever competitive clash against Los Blancos.

Spain Soccer La Liga Girona's Pablo Maffeo hugs team-mate Pere Pons as they celebrate defeating Real Madrid. Source: Manu Fernandez

And Pablo Machin’s men held on to end a three-match losing run at home in LaLiga in improbable fashion, leaving the visitors eight points off leaders Barcelona after just 10 matches.

Zidane recalled a host of first-team stars who sat out the midweek Copa del Rey win at Fuenlabrada, as only Kiko Casilla and teenager Achraf Hakimi held their places.

Girona were hardly overawed and went agonisingly close to a shock lead when Pablo Maffeo’s curling effort came back off the left upright.

The hosts’ frustration was immediately compounded by a blistering Madrid counter-attack. Goalkeeper Bono spilled Cristiano Ronaldo’s dipping shot at the end of the move, enabling Isco to bury the close-range rebound for a 12th-minute lead.

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