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Football Round Up | Girona stun Real Madrid; Leicester City beat Everton

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Football Round Up | Girona stun Real Madrid; Leicester City beat Everton

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Newly promoted La Liga side Girona inflicted a huge blow on Real Madrid’s title challenge as they came from behind to beat the defending champions 2-1 at the Estadio Montilivi. In EPL, Everton went further down the relegation zone as they lost to Leicester City 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Girona 2-1 Real Madrid

Fan favourites Cristhian Stuani and Portu struck twice in rapid succession as Girona cancelled Real Madrid’s first-half lead to etch their name in Spanish football history by defeating the champions in their first-ever league meeting.

Girona’s missed chances early in the first-half came back to haunt them as Benzema broke with the ball and put it in Ronaldo’s path, whose low strike was parried by goalkeeper Bono before allowing Isco produce an easy finish in the 12 minute.

However, they didn’t sit and rue their misfortune, focusing on completing their missed chances, instead this time and the chance came soon in the second half when Stuani equalized at the 54 minute. A fantastic run from Borja Garcia saw him drift past three Real Madrid players and setting up Stuani. The striker outran Nacho and fired a low shot past Kiko Casilla into the bottom right-hand corner, bringing up his fifth league goal of the season.

Four minutes later, attacking midfielder Portu put Girona in front by scoring from a Pablo Maffeo cross after the ball rebounded following Stuani’s shot that was blocked by Casilla. Girona held the fort successfully till the end, leaving Real eight points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Leicester City 2- Everton

With both the sides’ season gone into the dump, an immediate management change was needed. While the Foxes brought in former Southampton boss Claude Puel at the helm, Everton are still searching for one with U-23 boss David Unsworth acting as interim boss for the moment.

The French boss started his second Premier League stint in magnificent fashion as goals from Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray gave Leicester City a comfortable 2-0 win over the Toffees. Bringing the young Gray into the starting XI worked wonders for the side as the winger created the opening goal, sprinting 60 yards and set up Riyad Mahrez to cross for Jamie Vardy.

He then got his name on the scoresheet on 29 minutes as his cross-cum-shot was sliced into his own net by Jonjoe Kenny. An adamant Everton side nearly pulled one back through Dominic Calvert-Lewin but the youngster couldn’t connect with Aaron Lennon's pass when through on goal.

Unsworth made two changes at half-time, giving Beni Baningime a Premier League debut, but it mattered little. Everton now sit at the 19 position in the table, only above Crystal Palace, collecting just seven points from the first 10 games.

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