Real Madrid held by Mallorca

21 October, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Real Madrid’s unbeaten start to the La Liga season came to an abrupt and surprising end as Real Mallorca claimed a stunning 1-0 victory at a rocking Son Moix on Saturday to climb out of the relegation zone, reports ESPN.

The Balearic Islanders had only managed six goals in their opening eight games of their first season back in the big time, but needed just one more to down their illustrious visitors.

It was a cracker too, thrashed home in the seventh minute by Lago Junior who with one swing of his right foot wrote his name into Mallorcan sporting folklore.

The Ivorian might even have knocked Mallorca’s favourite sporting son Rafa Nadal’s wedding off the front pages, although the tennis great would surely have raised a glass in honour, even if it came at the expense of the club he supports.

Real Madrid, 5-0 winners on their most recent trip to the island in 2012, were without several big names including Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard, but could have no complaints as they failed to function.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane refused to use the absentees as a reason for the loss. “These players are injured, and we have others who are good too. But they must show that every time they play, that they have the level to play for Madrid. Today we didn’t,” he said.

“We must be more consistent if we are to do anything good this year, have more life in our play. Today we didn’t have that. “Our start to the game was very bad. In second half we did not create many clear chances, we lacked a bit of everything today.”

Defeat cost them the chance of reclaiming top spot from Barcelona who won earlier in the day and they will have a fortnight to stew following the postponement of next week’s Classico owing to the political situation in Catalonia.