Soccer Football - Liga Santander - Girona vs Real Madrid - Estadi Montilivi, Girona, Spain - October 29, 2017 Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo looks dejected after Girona scored REUTERS/Albert Gea
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Real Madrid suffered a backlash on the field rather than from an expected hostile atmosphere amid political turmoil in Catalonia as they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona Sunday.Goals from Cristhian Stuani and Portu in four second-half minutes cancelled out Isco's opener for Madrid as Real fell eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after just 10 games.As a reported one million people joined a rally in Barcelona in favor of Spanish unity on Sunday, just over 100 kilometers away in the pro-independence heartland of Girona, the visitors were expected to receive a hostile reception.Chants in favor of independence and "freedom" reverberated around the 13,500 capacity Montlivi in the 17th minute as is common at Girona and Barcelona home matches to mark the fall of Catalonia in the Spanish War of Succession in 1714 .Just four minutes later, Girona were in dreamland as Maffeo's driven cross was flicked home by Portu and the goal was allowed to stand despite the striker appearing to be in an offside position.
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