MADRID: Zinedine Zidane made 4 substitutions at half-time on Saturday however couldn’t spark Real Madrid into life as his group slipped to a 1-Zero defeat by newly-promoted Cadiz in La Liga.
Sergio Ramos was the one enforced change on the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium as Madrid’s captain spent the second half within the stands with ice strapped round his left knee.
Madrid stated the harm was not severe however it places unsure Ramos’ involvement of their first Champions League recreation towards Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, in addition to the Clasico three days later.
If Barcelona’s gamers had been watching, they could nicely really feel this Madrid are there for the taking after they meet at Camp Nou subsequent weekend.
A chronic absence for Ramos would cap a deflating night time for the reignings Spanish champions, whose dreary show definitely fingers an early enhance to their title rivals.
Atletico Madrid had earlier crushed Celta Vigo 2-Zero, with Luis Suarez opening the scoring at Balaidos, whereas Barca had been about to face Getafe.
This is Cadiz’s first season within the high flight in 14 years and their first victory over Real Madrid in 29, but they may have gained by extra.
Their reward is second place within the desk, denied a spot on the high by their opponents solely on aim distinction.
Isco, Luka Modric and Lucas Vazquez had been the opposite three gamers to be hauled off by Zidane, who was reacting to an abject show from his facet within the first half.
Eder Militao, Casemiro, Fede Valverde and Marco Asensio got here on whereas a surprised-looking Toni Kroos additionally departed within the second interval, changed by Luka Jovic.
But Madrid’s efficiency hardly improved and by the tip that they had managed simply two pictures on track.
Cadiz might have been three up within the first quarter of an hour as Ramos prevented Alvaro Negredo’s end from rolling in earlier than Negredo created the opener.
His cushioned header put by Anthony Lozano, who skipped past Madrid’s sleepy defence and poked over the onrushing Thibaut Courtois.
Madrid may need equalised within the second half as Vinicius Junior headed broad of an open aim and Karim Benzema rattled the crossbar with a long-range shot.
But Cadiz weren’t overly troubled.