Madrid beaten without Ronaldo

February 28, 2018
Espanyol Gerard Moreno, centre, scores against Real Madrid's goalkeeper Diego Lopez during their Spanish La Liga match at RCDE stadium in Cornella Llobregat, Spain, yesterday.

MADRID, Spain (AP):

Real Madrid couldn't overcome the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters yesterday, losing 1-0 to Espanyol in the Spanish league to see their five-game win streak come to an end.

Gerard Moreno scored three minutes into injury time to give Espanyol the victory against the defending champions. The result left Madrid in danger of losing third place to Valencia, who are two points behind going into their match at Athletic Bilbao today.

Madrid stayed seven points behind second-place Atletico and 14 points behind leaders Barcelona. Atletico hosts Leganes today and Barcelona visit Las Palmas tomorrow.

"We didn't deserve this goal in the last minute," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "We played well, created chances, but things didn't go our way in the end."

Ronaldo, who scored eight goals in his last four games, was rested by Zidane to make sure he is fully fit for the second leg against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League next week. The European champions won the first match 3-1 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Madrid host Getafe in the Spanish league on Saturday in their final game before the match in Paris.

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