A triple change completely changed the landscape at La Cerámica, where Real Madrid had controlled for 60 minutes with striking solvency.
The speed and power of
unbalanced the defense of
, frustrated by the fourth adverse penalty in two consecutive days.
Since 2013, the whites have not suffered a similar punishment from 11 meters.
"We deserved much more today, especially for the first half. It bothered me not to win because of the efforts of my players," said Zidane, who faced the afternoon without
, the backbone of his board.
"We have clearly lost two points," lamented the French coach.
measured badly against the Nigerian winger and
executed with the same coldness as
Not by chance, the Spanish international leads the top scorer in the company of
"I wanted to hold out to the max"
The decision of
did not admit a reply
to Courtois' attack, who on Wednesday had already starred in a clamorous against Denmark.
The bad decision of the Belgian, in an afternoon where the locals did not even add a shot on goal beyond the penalty, was fatal for Madrid.
In his 90 games with Madrid, Courtois has had to face 15 penalties and only stopped one taken by
in Anoeta (3-1).
sent another to the clouds in Zorrilla.
"We always study the rival goalkeepers. He held on, I also wanted to hold out as much as possible and I was able to shoot tight," explained Gerard, happy with the improvement in the second half of his team, which already has seven league games without losing.
A streak almost antagonistic to that of Madrid, who left eight points in the last five games.
11 goals in 22 shots
The numerous casualties and the fatigue of some footballers unaccustomed to 90 minutes, ended up weighing on a team that on Wednesday plays its future in Milan.
"In the first half we were very solid and we did not concede a single clear chance. Then they have come to us with more problems, not many more, but just enough to tie," said
, very effective in his position as left central.
Another regular substitute who was able to draw positive conclusions was
, author of the 0-1 with an excellent header and a thunderous start that would have ended in something better if Lucas Vázquez found the last pass first.
Until now, the Barcelona striker had only participated in the final stretch of Mestalla, but his attacks were always a nuisance for
Since his arrival he has scored 11 goals in 22 shots, with an average of one goal every 90 minutes.
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