Real Madrid slump to 2-0 defeat

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:50 IST

Real Madrid failed to take advantage of Barcelona's slip-up against Numancia when they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat away at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday.

Real Madrid slump to 2-0 defeat

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Real Madrid failed to take advantage of Barcelona's slip-up against Numancia when they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat away at Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday. Having just seen Barcelona held to a surprising 1-1 draw at bottom side Numancia, Real Madrid knew that victory away at Deportivo on Saturday night would see them move to within five points of the leaders in La Liga. But Real, missing forwards Ronaldo and Raul, as well as centre-back Ivan Helguera, looked even more uncomfortable than Barca on their visit to the Riazor, a ground they had not won at in over 13 years. Firing past They were a goal down just eight minutes in when Deportivo's Albert Luque fired a header past Iker Casillas after Sergio had whipped in a cross from the right. Luis Figo tested Gustavo Munua with a fizzing shot from the right in the 11th minute. But the home keeper proved up to the task. Three minutes later Madrid's evening got worse still, centre back Francisco Pavon looping a header over Casillas and into his own net after Victor had crossed from the right. Rude behaviour The match was marred by some disgraceful racist chanting from a section of the home crowd directed towards Real's Brazilian left-back Roberto Carlos - something that, sadly, is becoming all too commonplace in the Spanish game. In the 15th minute referee Jose Losantos Omar requested a loudspeaker announcement, asking spectators to show respect for the players. Spanish national radio has confirmed that it came as a response to the racial taunts. Injury woes To compound Real's misery, Zidane Zidane limped off with an injury before the half hour was up, and without their French playmaker, the visitors looked almost entirely bereft of creativity. Deportivo were only prevented from adding a third later in the half by two fine saves from Casillas, first tipping a lob by Victor over the bar and then turning a Diego Tristan shot away with his foot. Despite being forced to chase the game, Real barely threatened in the second half - and Depor came closest to adding to the scoresheet, Tristan again narrowly wide in the 80th minute. There was little to worry about for the home side, though, as they cruised to a win which moves them up to eighth place with 35 points. Real Madrid, meanwhile, are now eight points behind Barca at the top of La Liga. Third-placed Real Betis, who visit Valencia on Sunday, have 41. (AP)

Topics : Football Real Madrid
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