A much-changed Real Madrid side suffered a 3-2 defeat against Sevilla on Wednesday, on a night to forget for their captain.
Despite the injury absences of Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco and Dani Carjaval, and Gareth Bale away for the birth of his child, manager Zinedine Zidane still saw fit to ring the changes with the likes of Toni Kroos, Luca Modric, Keylor Navas, Marcelo and Raphael Varane for the trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
One player who did feature was captain Sergio Ramos – although by the end, he probably wished that he had been rested too.
With Sevilla already 2-0 up, Real were given the chance to reduce the deficit from the penalty spot just before the hour mark when Lucas Vaquez was brought down in the box.
Up stepped Ramos to convert the spot kick, but the defender struck the underside of the crossbar with the shot and it bounced clear.
Ramos’ evening was to get worse six minutes from time, as his sliding block to intercept Gabriel Mercado’s cross was deflected over Kiko Casilla and into the net to make it 3-0 to Sevilla.
However, Real did orchestrate something of a fightback late on. Borja Mayoral finally scored the side’s first goal of the night with three minutes of normal time remaining, and Ramos made no mistake from the penalty spot a second time deep into injury time.
The defeat leaves Real trailing city rivals Atletico by three points with two games remaining, while Sevilla remain in the hunt for Europa League qualification with the hard-earned win.