Girona 2-1 Real Madrid: 5 Talking Points
Girona have done it. The Catalan club beat the defending champions Real Madrid 2-1 at Municipal de Montilivi stadium in their first-ever meeting. Isco started the scoring but twin second-half strikes in quick succession from Girona's Cristhian Stuani and Cristian Portu swung the game altogether in a different direction.
Both teams had chances in the dying minutes but Girona held their nerves and finished on top. Real Madrid started with almost full strength. Cristiano Ronaldo started up top with Karim Benzema. For Girona, Cristhian Stuani is back after a suspension to lead the line.
Here are the 5 talking points from the game:
#5 Pablo Maffeo marked Ronaldo out of the game
The 20-year-old is having a great start to the 2017/18 season and he had one of the best game of his career against Real Madrid.
The full-back, on loan from Manchester City, played a vital role in Girona's win over Real Madrid. He started on the right in a 5-4-1 formation and has to deal with the threat of Benzema and Ronaldo.
He thundered into challenges throughout the game and was good in the aerial battles. He was effective going forward and played a key part in Girona's second goal. In a counter attack, Maffeo founds himself unmarked in the box and his effort towards goal fell for Cristian Portu to finish with a backheel from close range.
It was surprising that Manchester spent a lot of money on Danilo when they had Pablo Maffeo
Pablo Maffeo's impressive Statistics:
Passes Completed - 26 (72%)
Successful Tackles - 5
Interceptions - 7
Dribbles Won - 2
Aerials Won - 3 (75%)