MADRID, Spain, October 3 – Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Espanyol on Sunday as Carlo Ancelotti’s side followed a shock Champions League setback with their first La Liga loss of the season.
Real, who lost to Moldovan sheriff Tiraspol on Tuesday, missed an opportunity to get ahead of Atletico Madrid, who beat Barcelona 2-0 on Saturday to tie city rivals with 17 points.
Ancelotti said Madrid played “our worst game of the season”.
“I agree, we played badly,” added the Italian coach.
“We must now use the international break to reflect on why the attitude of this team has changed in the space of a week.”
Espanyol took the lead in the 17th minute at RCDE Stadium in Catalonia when Raul de Tomas found the net.
Aleix Vidal scored a sparkling second goal after hitting Nacho and crushing the ball in front of Real keeper Thibaut Courtois 15 minutes into the second half.
The defeat leaves Real winless in three games after being held in check by Villarreal in their previous league game.
Karim Benzema had the ball in the net at the start of the second half but the goal was ruled out for Luka Jovic’s offside.
As Espanyol looked set to extend their advantage again, Benzema scored a goal behind in the 71st minute, shooting into the bottom corner after the Frenchman recovered a pass from Jovic for his ninth goal in championship in eight games this season.
Espanyol had won just once in seven games this season, but they held on in five minutes of added time to take all three points.