Real Madrid suffered their first defeat of the season in LaLiga after going down 1-0 to newly-promoted Cadiz on Saturday evening.
Madrid recalled Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Lucas Vazquez and Isco from the side that overcame Levante UD prior to the recently-concluded international break.
Real survived a big scare two minutes from kick-off when a goal-line clearance from captain Sergio Ramos pushed Alvaro Negredo’ shot on the turn to safety with Thibaut Courtois beaten.
Los Blancos were stunned on 16 minutes when a mazy run from Anthony Lozano left the defence for dead before going on to chip over the on-rushing Courtois.
Cadiz posed huge issues on the counter-attack and Lozano nearly made the hosts pay from this variation on the half-hour mark, but Courtois pushed to safety.
Courtois rushed off his line to thwart the visitors with Lozano once again ready to pounce after a cross into the area from Salvador Sanchez Ponce before halftime.
Four changes from Zinedine Zidane at the start of the second half signalled redemption as Marco Asensio, Federico Valverde, Carlos Casemiro and Eder Militao entered.
Madrid enjoyed huge of early possession in the second half and managed to break forward through Kroos in the midway stage in the second half, but the German fluffed his lines.
Another probing delivery from Madrid in the last 20 minutes saw Casemiro delivery a floating ball for Karim Benzema, who couldn’t profit despite getting a head on the supply.
Real looked for the equaliser late on through Benzema, though the Frenchman cracked the crossbar from the edge of the area leaving Los Blancos to defeat in the end.
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