Actual Madrid had been held to a 1-1 draw by Girona on the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday however the reigning champions maintained their unbeaten streak in LaLiga and maintain a one-point lead over Barcelona.
Either side had their possibilities in a goalless first half with Actual’s Rodrygo, main the assault within the absence of Karim Benzema, coming the closest for the hosts when his shot got here off the publish.
On the different finish, Girona threatened on the counter-attack, with skipper Valery Fernandez firing a header simply large whereas Yangel Herrera noticed his highly effective strike cannon off the crossbar.
Actual had been pissed off for greater than an hour however lastly made the breakthrough when their affected person build-up play allowed Federico Valverde to place the ball into the six-yard field the place Vinicius was readily available to faucet it into the online.
Marco Asensio practically doubled the lead two minutes afterward a Actual counter-attack, turning on the spot within the field and firing the ball at objective, however Girona keeper Paulo Gazzaniga made a spectacular reflex save to disclaim the midfielder.
Girona had been handed a lifeline when Marco Asensio dealt with the ball within the field and the referee awarded a penalty following a VAR test, with Stuani stepping as much as the spot and sending Thibaut Courtois the unsuitable solution to stage the rating.
Actual’s Rodrygo thought he had received the sport on the loss of life when he fought for the ball in a goalmouth scramble with Girona goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, however the referee disallowed his objective because the keeper was in command of the ball when the Brazilian bundled it in.
“[The referee] thought it was a handball and a penalty, and that is all. We’ve got to maintain going,” Dani Carvajal mentioned. “There’s nothing else to say, it was given. We did not win. We’ve got to appropriate at the moment’s errors and maintain going.
Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois mentioned: “I have never seen it, so I am unable to give my opinion. Marco [Asensio] says it hit his chest after which his hand, and in idea I believe that after a rebound like that it’s not handball. I do not suppose it will be given within the Champions League. At this time they determined it was handball. It is unusual, typically it is handball, typically it is not, you do not know. However we have now to have a look at ourselves too.”
Actual’s match solely bought worse when midfielder Toni Kroos was despatched off in added time after receiving a second yellow card. Girona, who’re sixteenth within the standings, got here away with a treasured level as their gamers sank to the bottom in aid.
“I believe it is a reward for all the hassle we put in … To return right here and get a consequence will not be straightforward and we deserve credit score for the best way we performed all through the 90 minutes,” Stuani mentioned.
“We needed to shut down areas, we all know if we give them area they’re unimaginable. We waited for our possibilities and so they got here, you all the time need to undergo right here [at the Bernabeu].”
“We could not get the win, however general we’re nonetheless on the prime, any staff would wish to be the place we’re,” Carvajal added. “We did sufficient to win, we had some possibilities. Their goalkeeper made an awesome save from Marco [Asensio]. [For Rodrygo’s goal] the goalkeeper mentioned he had the ball between his palms and the bottom, so it was a foul.”