An historic win for Girona in the Spanish capital! They were exceptional in the second half and they could have scored more than just two! Real Madrid, on the other hand, have allowed Barcelona to establish a commanding lead at the top of La Liga once again.
- 2nd Half
- Stuani (P)65'
- VázquezVinícius Júnior58'
- 1/2 Time
- 1st Half
Real Madrid - Girona FC
Liga - 17 February 2019
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Real Madrid 1-2 Girona
COURTOIS... wide! Wow! That would have been a story. Courtois was up for a corner kick, he got on the end of the cross, but his header bounces just wide of the far post. That should be it.
Is there one last chance for a Real Madrid equaliser left in this match? They are slinging crosses into the opposition penalty area, but Girona are repelling everything thrown at them.
It must be said, that seemed a rather harsh decision. Ramos went for the overhead kick an caught an opposition player, but there's no doubt that they was going for the ball. Bit harsh.
Four minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
- Red cardSergio RamosReal Madrid
SENT OFF! Real Madrid have been reduced to 10 men late in this game, with Ramos shown a second yellow card for an aerial challenge when up in the Girona box. He'll miss the Clasico now!
- Yellow cardCasemiroReal Madrid
Casemiro enters the book. That had been coming, as is the case in every single game he plays.
Bono saves from Bale! The Welsh winger got a toe to a bouncing ball, but the Girona goalkeeper came off his line to smother the shot. He just got his body in the way of that one.
Chance for three! Lozano was picked out six yards out from goal with the freekick delivery from the right side, but he puts his header over the bar when he should have struck a third goal.
- OffPortuGirona FC
- OnValery FernándezGirona FC
It is in fact Valery who comes on for the away side, with Portu coming off for the final five minutes.
It looks like Eusebio might be about to make a change and it's the on loan Manchester City winger Roberts who is about to come on for Girona. What a moment this will be for him.
Real Madrid now have less than 10 minutes to save themselves here. They had drawn in Barcelona at the top of La Liga, so this would be a huge missed opportunity for them.
PICTURE: Girona's players celebrate at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Another Vinicius effort! Odriozola's cross from the right side bounces all the way through to the Brazilian, but he puts his shot wide of the post when he should have hit the target.
Vinicius takes it on himself! The Brazilian teenager drives with the ball at his feet and surges into the penalty area, but his effort on his right foot flashes over the crossbar of Bono.
This match has turned into a nightmare for Real Madrid. They looked to be coasting to another victory to close the gap on Barcelona to six points, but now they have 13 minutes to save themselves.
- GoalPortuGirona FC
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 1 Girona 2 (75 mins - Portu). Can you believe this? It's all gone wrong for Real Madrid in this second half! Lozano's curling shot is saved by Courtois and Portu was quickest to the rebound to squeeze the header home at the near post. Girona have a 2-1 lead at the Santiago Bernabeu!
- OffDani CeballosReal Madrid
- OnMariano DíazReal Madrid
Another Real Madrid change and Ceballos comes off for Mariano as the hosts go for it.
Real Madrid have missed Modric in this second half. The Croatian midfielder is out with a one match suspension and they have missed the control he brings in the centre of the pitch.
As impressive as he has been in recent weeks, Vinicius hasn't been able to get into the match since coming off the bench for Real Madrid. The hosts need their Brazilian teenager right now.
This is quite astonishing. It's as if complacency got the better of Real Madrid in this second half and now it's Girona who look the more likely of the two teams to win this game.
Portu hits the post! That was inches away from being a second Girona goal! They are getting a lot of joy down Marcelo's side and from a tight angle Portu strikes the woodwork!
All of a sudden, Real Madrid are up against the clock. They should have been out of sight in this match, but now they need a winner in the final 20 minutes. They look a bit rattled.
Real Madrid want a penalty! Ramos and Bale are claiming that they should have had a penalty for a push in the area from a Kroos freekick delivery, but the referee shakes his head.
- OffMarco AsensioReal Madrid
- OnGareth BaleReal Madrid
Here comes Bale for the final 20 minutes of the match, although the home fans don't seem too convinced by that.
- Goal by penaltyCristhian StuaniGirona FC
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 1 Girona 1 (65 mins - Cristhian Stuani pen). It's the Uruguayan striker who steps up to the penalty spot and he converts to draw Girona level at the Santiago Bernabeu! Real Madrid have failed to make the most of their chances and Girona have now made the most of that.
- Yellow cardSergio RamosReal Madrid
The referee takes a long time to review the incident using VAR and Ramos is shown the yellow card for the handball. He will miss Real Madrid's next Liga game.
PENALTY KICK TO GIRONA! Stuani struck the post with a header and then the referee spotted a handball by Ramos which stopped the rebound from finding the back of the Real Madrid net.
PICTURE: Fans at the Santiago Bernabeu in the glorious Madrid sunshine.
What a miss that was from Garcia. He should have found the back of the net. That was a warning for Real Madrid. They have been on top, but they are still in a game here.
Should have been an equaliser! Courtois makes the save from Lozano's header at the back post, but then Garcia somehow skies his shot when he was unmarked from just seven yards out!
Solari is now looking to kill off this match by bringing Vinicius off the bench. The teenage Brazilian gets a huge ovation from the home fans inside the Santiago Bernabeu as he comes on.
- OffLucas VázquezReal Madrid
- OnVinícius JúniorReal Madrid
Real Madrid make their first change of the match and Vazquez comes off for Vinicius.
Luiz has been better for Girona in this second half. The on loan Manchester City man is now playing in a deeper position and that is allowing him more time on the ball to pick passes.
Girona have struggled this afternoon, but as long as the scoreline stays like this they have a chance of claiming something from this match at the Santiago Bernabeu. Still only 1-0.
Into the side netting! That was an opportunity for Benzema. Asensio staged a cross up to the backpost, where the Frenchman was free. But he only found the side netting with his header.
It looks like Real Madrid have emerged for the start of this second half with the intention of putting this game to bed as early as possible. They have cranked up the intensity of their play.
BENZEMA... just wide! A freekick from Asensio bounced out to the French striker, but his powerful shot is deflected just wide of the far post. There must have been only inches in that.
- Yellow cardAnthony LozanoGirona FC
He's only been on the pitch for a few minutes, but Lozano has been booked for fouling Odriozola.
A first half highlight.
- OffPedro PorroGirona FC
- OnAnthony LozanoGirona FC
And the second change for Girona sees Lozano comes on for the second period.
- OffPere PonsGirona FC
- OnAleix GarcíaGirona FC
Eusebio has made a couple of changes at the start of the second half. Garcia comes on for the away side.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! Real Madrid have a 1-0 lead over Girona.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Real Madrid 1-0 Girona. Casemiro's header is the difference between the two teams at the break. Solari will be satisfied with the performance his team has turned in so far.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... NO! Marcelo finishes with a neat right-footed shot after being played clean through, but the flag was up for offside and VAR confirms the call.
This has been a decent showing from Real Madrid in this first half, although they have only created a handful of scoring opportunities. Ceballos and Marcelo have been impressive.
Couple of chances! First, it's Granell who lashes a shot towards the Real Madrid goal, but sees his effort flash wide. And then Benzema sees a powerful shot saved by Bono.
Marcelo gets the shot away! That's something that Marcelo offers Real Madrid over Reguilon. He cuts inside and gets the shot away with his right foot, but it flashes over the bar.
Pons is back on the pitch and seems fine to continue. That was a sore one and the Girona medical staff checked the midfielder for concussion. They're satisfied he's okay.
PICTURE: Casemiro celebrates his opener for Real Madrid.
There's a break in play at the moment as Pons receives some treatment for a head knock. He was going for a header, but then actually headed Varane right in the shoulder.
The opening goal, ICYMI
As comfortable as Real Madrid have looked, Benzema has struggled to get into the game. He has been in exceptional form of late, so is he missing the influence of Vinicius down the left?
Solari will surely be quite pleased with what he has seen from his team in this first half, especially when taking into account the number of key players he has rested for this one.
Girona need more from Granell in the centre of the pitch. Real Madrid are controlling things in midfield, but Granell is one of the few players the visitors have who can change that.
Just ahead of Benzema! Great ball from Odriozola. He played the pass right across the six yard box, but Benzema just couldn't stretch far enough to get on the full back's delivery.
With Modric not involved for Real Madrid today, Ceballos is starting to make a real impression as the midfielder charged with driving the ball forward into the final third of the pitch.
Girona are struggling to string passes together after losing that opening goal. Their confidence has been knocked. They need to make sure they don't concede a second before half time.
The cameras show Solari celebrating on the touchline. He doesn't always react in that way, but seems pleased with Real Madrid getting their noses ahead in this one. 1-0 to Real.
- GoalCasemiroReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 1 (26 mins - Casemiro) Girona 0. There's the breakthrough and it's Casemiro who has grabbed it for Real Madrid! The first corner kick was cleared, but then the delivery came back in and Casemiro got ahead of Alcala to power a header into the corner of the Girona net.
Should that be a penalty? Casemiro went down in the Girona box after being hauled to the floor by Granell, but the referee decides only to have a word with the Girona man. Strange call.
This started off slowly, but all of a sudden the match has exploded into life. Real Madrid are the ones forcing the issue, but Girona have threat on the counter attack. Good watch.
Straight at Courtois! Girona come away on the counter attack, with Stuani getting the shot off on the Real Madrid goal. But he didn't have the angle to beat Courtois, who saves.
Across the face! Asensio links up well with Ceballos down the left, but nobody in white was gambling on the fizzed pass right across the face of the Girona goal. Decent opportunity.
That's the first real scoring chance that Real Madrid have created. They are cranking things up and are now camped on the edge of the Girona penalty area as they search for the opener.
Would have been a fantastic goal! Wonderful from Vazquez, who controls a pass from Kroos, flicks the ball past the Girona defender to create the space, but Bono comes out to save.
We're still waiting for the first real goalscoring opportunity for either side. The two teams are just feeling each other out in the centre of the pitch. That's where things are being played.
It's been a decent start to the match by Marcelo. The Brazilian left back looks determined to turn in a good performance after what has been a difficult spell for him.
It's difficult to overstate the impact that Vinicius has made at Real Madrid in a very short space of time. They have become reliant on the teenager. Can they do without him here?
Vinicius had started 12 games in a row for Real Madrid before this match. On the early evidence, the European champions are missing the drive of the Brazilian winger down the left.
Real Madrid are in control of this match early on. They are seeing more of the ball than their opponents, but we are yet to see a clear goalscoring opportunity. All a little bit subdued.
Odriozola takes Real Madrid about 40 yards up the pitch down the right wing. The young full back has been excellent since making the move from Real Sociedad in the summer.
Marcelo is also back in the Real Madrid team for this game. The Brazilian has lost his place in the side to Reguilon in recent weeks, so this is a chance for him to remind us all of his quality.
This is a big chance for Asensio. The youngster has struggled to make an impression for Real Madrid this season, but Solari has placed his faith in the attacker for this game here.
There was a brief break in play there as Courtois received some treatment on his nose after saving that effort from Stuani with his face. He's back up and play continues now, though.
Real Madrid claimed an away win over Ajax in the Champions League during the week. Things have been looking up for the European champions over the past few weeks. In form.
Right in the face! Early chance for Girona. Stuani was played down the channel, he turned and got the shot away on goal, but Courtois makes the save with his face. That's a sore one.
There are quite a few empty seats at the Santiago Bernabeu for this one. Early kick offs are not the norm in Spanish football, but it is a lovely morning so you'd think they might come out.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Real Madrid against Girona in this La Liga fixture.
Okay, here we go. About to get started at the Santiago Bernabeu. Kick off is in just a few seconds.
On loan Manchester City attacker Roberts is fit again and is on the bench for Girona this afternoon. Might we see him at some point?
Not long until kick off at the Santiago Bernabeu. Looks like a lovely afternoon in the Spanish capital.
It's not just Vinicius who is on the bench for Real Madrid this morning. Bale is also there. The Welsh winger has been struggling for form of late and has dropped out of the team.
Real Madrid come into this match in good form, but Barcelona's win over Real Valladolid yesterday means that they need a win here to keep the gap at the top of La Liga at just six points.
Vinicius on the bench! Solari has taken the chance to rotate his Real Madrid team and after a run of games Vinicius has been dropped to the bench. Asensio has been given a start.
TEAM NEWS: Real Madrid - Courtois, Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Ceballos, Casemiro, Kroos, Vazquez, Benzema, Asensio. /// Girona - Bono, Porro, Ramalho, Alcala, Juanpe, Garcia, Pons, Luiz, Granell, Portu, Stuani.
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