Saturday, April 2, 2011

Jose Mourinho's first league home loss in 9 years

Miguel de las Cuevas scored in the 79th minute to give Sporting Gijon a stunning 1-0 win over Real Madrid on Saturday and deal coach Jose Mourinho his first home loss in league play in nine years.

He last experienced a league defeat in front of his own fans when Porto lost to Beira Mar on Feb. 23, 2002. He went on to coach Chelsea and Inter Milan before joining Real at the end of last season.

The loss also spoiled Real’s perfect home record in La Liga this season. They had won all 14 of their previous matches at the Bernabeu.

De Las Cuevas broke free on the edge of the area and fired in a right footed shot off the post for the winner.

The absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso showed as Madrid struggled to create chances.

Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain returned to the pitch for the first time since last November as a second-half substitute but could not spark his team's attack.

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