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Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo

In the final minute of stoppage time, Moreno redeemed himself for his missed opportunities when he was left open in the box and made Real Madrid pay for their mistake by scoring the victor in the 93rd minute to give Espanyol the 1-0 win and give Zidane's side their fifth loss in an already disappointing domestic season.

3 - Espanyol are unbeaten in their three La Liga home games against Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico in the same season for the first time since 1997/98.

The defending Spanish champions are a massive 14 points adrift of league leaders Barcelona, while playing a game more than their fierce rivals. Atletico were yesterday to host CD Leganes and Barcelona visit Las Palmas today.

"We really didn't deserve to ship that goal", said the Frenchman.

"We made a bright start and had some chances to score, but our second-half display was worse than the opening 45 minutes".

Madrid had outscored opponents 20-7 in its five-game winning streak. Madrid were eying their 6th consecutive win against Espanyol and rested key players including the likes of Cristino Ronaldo, Casemiro and Luca Modric.

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Moreno's late strike was perhaps harsh on Zidane's side, but Espanyol were excellent and also saw a perfectly good goal ruled out earlier on in the evening.

Espanyol defeated Real Madrid 1-0 in La Liga tonight. But Zidane's XI still should have had enough quality to beat an Espanyol side with a terrible record against Madrid in recent seasons.

Keylor Navas has stressed that Real Madrid must have the "character to keep going" after crashing to a 1-0 defeat at Espanyol on Tuesday night.

Gareth Bale played up front along with Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Isco.

"We didn't deserve this defeat, it hurts".

Zidane admitted that his side did not do enough to win the game but went on to say that a draw would have been a fair result. With the disappointing result, Madrid are likely to find themselves in the fourth spot if Valencia win away at Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.

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