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Real Madrid went top of La Liga After a dramatic draw with Girona


Toni Kroos was sent off for the first time in his career as Real Madrid remained undefeated in La Liga after a thrilling draw with Girona.

When Vinicius Jr. slipped Federico Valverde’s low cross into an open goal, Real believed they had won the match.

However, after a handball by Marco Asensio, veteran Cristhian Stuani equalized from the penalty spot with his first touch.

During stoppage time, Kroos received his second yellow card, and Rodrygo had a late goal disallowed.

Real Madrid now leads Barcelona by one point after a fair outcome that saw Girona stay in the relegation zone.

Rodrygo’s low drive off the post and Yangel Herrera’s first-time effort from 16 yards for Girona struck the underside of the crossbar in the first half.

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After Rodrygo scored the game’s first goal, Girona did not let their guard down. They were fortunate to get a penalty for an Asensio handball from the video assistant referee.

Stuani, who had just entered the game, took a step forward and misdirected Thibaut Courtois.

Since 1960, the 36-year-old has been the oldest player to score a goal against Real at the Bernabeu.

Rodrygo believed that Real had won the match late in the game after Paulo Gazzaniga had blocked his first shot. However, it was disallowed because Gazzaniga was found to have possession of the ball at the time of Rodrygo’s goal kick because he had his hand on it.

Real’s first La Liga red card since 10 April 2021 against Barcelona came from Kroos, who was sent during stoppage time.


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