La Liga—Sunday, October 29, 2017
Score: Girona 2–1 Real Madrid
Half-time: Girona 0—1 Real Madrid
Goals/minute: Real—Isco 12, Cristhian Stuani 54, Portu 58.
Possession: Real 62%, Girona 38%
Shots at/on Goal: Real 15/6, Girona 15/6
Sound bite: Girona turns match around in five minutes.
Turning Point: Portu’s off-side goal at the 58th minute.
Formations: Real—4-3-3, Girona—4-4-2
Rosters: Girona—Bounou, Maffeo, Ramirez Lopez, Bernardo, Muniesa, Benitez, Portu (Kayode 82), Pons, Granell Nogue, Garcia (Timor 75) Stuani (Mojica 88). Subs not used: Iraizoz, Ramalho, Soares de Paulo, Garcia. Booked: Benitez, Mojica. Real Madrid: Casilla, Hakimi (Asensio 66), Varane (Nacho 45), Ramos, Marcelo (Vazquez 66); Modric, Kroos, Casemiro; Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs not used: Hernandez, Llorente, Ramos Wade, and Ceballos Fernandez. Booked: Modric.
FP La Liga ranking: Real—10, Girona—4
Head-to-head: Girona—1W this was the first La Liga match between them
FP CRI: Manchin—2, Zidane—2. Manchin got it right, Zidane blew it, again.
Venue: Montilivi, Girona, Spain
Weather: 18C/65F/dry, cloudy and comfortable
Pitch: Patchy but well-kept otherwise
Special: Real Madrid team arrives in unmarked bus, stadium gates remain closed until the team is in the locker room, as Catalan unrest necessitates security measures.
Referee Team: Referee—Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez, Teodoro Sobrino Magan and Jose Enrique Naranjo Perez assistant referees, and Jose Joaquin Gallego Gambin fourth official.
Fouls Committed: Real 22—30 Girona
Fouls Called: Real 11—21 Girona
Yellow Cards: Real 1—2 Girona
Red Cards: Real 0—0 Girona
Girona is for real, as we said in our pre-season preview. They are tough to play away and were better than Real at home today. Zidane was unprepared for the match, and despite a good line up and an early goal against the run of play, he is still not able to react to what is happening on the pitch in a timely manner. By the time the Real coach realized the hosts controlled midfield, were much more intense, and had greater speed on the wings, it was the 66+ minute and the damage had been done. Whatever he conveyed at half-time did nothing to deter Girona.