As a result of missing a penalty shot, Marco Asensio Real Madrid’s final game before departing for Morocco to compete in the Club World Cup was a 1-0 loss to Mallorca in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Barcelona will visit struggling Sevilla later on Sunday, giving it the chance to extend its lead over the competition as a result of the draw. The Catalan team will lead Madrid by five points going into the encounter at Camp Nou.
The Madrid coach, Carlo Ancelotti, stated, “We already anticipated a very tough encounter.” We had opportunities, but we were unable to seize them.
Karim Benzema, Éder Milito, and Thibaut Courtois were among the injured starters that Ancelotti was unable to count on. Courtois was also replaced at the last minute after suffering an injury during the warm-up. Additionally, Ancelotti rested midfielders Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who entered the game in the second half.
Asensio had an opportunity to tie the score in the 60th minute, but Mallorca goalkeeper Pedrag Rajkovic saved his penalty after Madrid forward Vincius Jnior was fouled. Antonio Rüdiger’s header in stoppage time, Madrid’s final opportunity, was just wide.
In place of Milito in defense, Nacho Fernández scored an own goal to give the hosts the lead. Nacho, who started in place of Courtois, attempted a high cross and deflected the ball over the goalkeeper Andriy Lunin into his own net.