MADRID – Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Girona on Sunday in the Spanish league, chasing their first defeat of the season in all competitions.
Madrid ended their unbeaten run in the Champions League on Tuesday with a 3-2 defeat by Leipzig.
Going into Sunday’s game, Madrid had won 10 of their first 11 Spanish league games, including a 1-1 home draw against Osasuna in the seventh round.
The result cuts Madrid’s lead over Barcelona to one point, who beat Valencia 1-0 on Saturday for their 10th win in 12 league matches.
Third-placed Atletico Madrid, who lost 3-2 at Cadiz on Saturday, are nine points behind Madrid.
Girona, promoted this season, had one draw and four defeats in their five away games in the league this season before facing Madrid. It has not won in seven consecutive league matches and sits just outside the relegation zone.
In the 70th minute at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, Madrid forward Vincenzo Jr. opened the scoring from close range after Federico Valverde’s cross.
Girona equalized with a penalty kick converted by Cristian Stuani in the 80th after video review ruled a handball by Marco Asensio in the area.
Madrid forward Rodrigo thought he had scored the winner in the 89th but the referee called a foul by the Brazilian when he was controlled by the goalkeeper.
Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos was sent off with a second yellow card in stoppage time.
Both teams used the woodwork in the first half.
Madrid were without Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, who missed his third straight game with muscle strain. Coach Carlo Ancelotti said Benzema does not feel fit to return this weekend.
Osasuna led the way to a 2-0 home win over Valladolid with goals each in the first 20 minutes from Chimi Avila and Moy Gómez.
It was the second win in three games for Osasuna, who moved into sixth place and into the European qualifying places.
Valladolid, who had won two in a row, remained in 11th place.