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For the first time in its 121-year history: Real started a match without a Spaniard. And lost

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Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

Globalization in world football has also set a historic precedent in the great 121-year history of Real Madrid.

For the first time, the Spanish giants started a match without a single Spaniard in their starting line-up!

This happened when Villarreal visited in the first championship game of the year for both teams. A match that Real ended up losing 1:2.

It was the first home victory for Villarreal over the famous rival in the last 7 years, and the meeting was marked by a lot of chances and two penalties.

Villarreal took the lead with a goal from Jeremi Pino in the 47th minute. Karim Benzema equalized from the penalty spot after an hour of play, but in the 63rd minute Gerard Moreno was also accurate from the penalty spot for the final 2:1 in favor of the home team.

Thus, after the wrong step, Madrid remain in second place in the La Liga standings. They have equal points with the leader Barcelona – 38 each, but the Catalans have a game less.

At the Valencia Stadium, Jeremi Pino scored for the hosts in the 47th minute and Karim Benzema equalized in the 60th minute after a controversial penalty. Three minutes after the equalizing goal, Gerard Moreno gave Villarreal another lead – also from a controversial penalty.

Until the end, Real put serious pressure on their opponent, but even the 7-minute extra time given by the referee was not enough for at least an equalizing goal.

Photo by Mike: https://www.pexels.com/photo/aerial-view-of-soccer-field-1171084/

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