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Real Madrid fell 1-0 during its visit to Los Carmenes with an own goal against a reformed Granada. WATCH HIGHLIGHTS NOW!
The region of Andalucia is becoming a bit of a headache for Real Madrid after having fallen this season against Sevilla, Malaga, Real Betis, and now, Granada, all teams from the same geographical area of Spain. The home team beat the merengues 1-0, and added three very much needed (and unexpected) points.
Real Madrid visited Los Carmenes with second Captain Sergio Ramos and Angel Di Maria returning to the starting line of the merengues. Diego Lopez started under the three posts instead of Antonio Adan, who had benched Iker Casillas previous to his hand injury. Also, Raphael Varane, man of the match against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final was added as center back.
Granada's brand new coach Lucas Alcaraz armed its team, who jumped onto the pitch with an offensive attitude. The first dangerous situation for Madrid came after Xabi Alonso wrongfully returned the ball to Diego Lopez, and almost scored an own goal.
Granada made use of its winter acquisition, adding Nolito to the starting lineup, and it paid off for the local team. The ex-Barcelona threw a very precise corner kick that could have been an Olympic goal, but instead, Cristiano Ronaldo (21' OG) jumped and headed the ball far into the goal kept by Diego Lopez. It was the first time Ronaldo scored an own goal in his professional career.
The second time was all about Real Madrid attacking and Granada playing defense, and occasionally generating danger for the capital based team through counter attacks. But nothing could be done by Jose Mourinho and his squad, and they fell for the fifth time in an away game, four of which it lost against teams from the Andalucia region.
Granada coach Lucas Alcaraz debuted with epic win against a team it had never been able to beat. Moreover, it was the first time Granada beat the white house since 1972, and it's the first time in 35 year that a Real Madrid striker scores an own goal.
This result could potentially widen the gap between Real Madrid and Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid, who will play tomorrow.