La Liga champions Real Madrid suffered an upset 2-1 defeat in their debut league visit to Catalan side Girona on Sunday, throwing away the lead by conceding two goals in quick succession and falling eight points behind leaders Barcelona.

Spain midfielder Isco tapped in a rebounded shot from Cristiano Ronaldo to open the scoring in the 12th minute in Real Madrid’s first visit to Catalonia this season amid the worst political crisis in Spain’s 39 years of democracy.

The home side struck the woodwork twice before the break but rallied in the second half and Uruguay star Christian Stuani fired the equalizer in the 54th minute.

Girona’s striker Portu turned the winning goal four minutes later to the delight of the 13,500 fans crammed into the Montilivi stadium.

In the second half of the game, Stuani came within inches of scoring again but a one-goal advantage was enough to give Girona their third win in their first campaign in the top flight and inflict a second league defeat on the mighty Real Madrid side.

Real are third in the standings on 20 points, four behind second-placed Valencia while unbeaten leaders Barca have 28.

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