Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Raúl
Albiol, Carvalho, Arbeloa (Pepe 70'); Khedira, Lass; Granero (Higuaín
56'), Özil, Di María (Canales 70'); Adebayor. 4-2-3-1.
Sporting: Juan Pablo; Lora, Botía, Iván Hernández, Canella (José Angel 05'); Rivera, Nacho Cases; Nacho Novo, André Castro (Eguren 58'), Miguel De las Cuevas; Barral (Sangoy 76'). 4-2-3-1.
Goals: 0-1. 78. De las Cuevas. Collected Cases cross and turned shot past Casillas.
Yellow cards: José Angel 38', Sergio Ramos 42', Di María 62', Lass 73', Raúl Albiol 80', Juan Pablo 83', Novo 85'.
One of the biggest surprises of the season on Saturday, with Real Madrid virtually handing the title to Barcelona after a 0-1 defeat at home to Sporting Gijón. Missing several key players including Ronaldo, Alonso, Marcelo and Benzema, Madrid never really got going, although things could have been different had the referee not ruled out a first minute strike by Carvalho, González González deciding that the ball had gone out of play before Albiol turned back Granero's long free kick.
After that though the only chances in the first half were a couple of efforts off target from Di María and Khedira and a possible penalty for hands by Lora, with André Castro and Novo replying for the visitors. After the break Juan Pablo did well to keep out Özil, Di María and substitute Higuaín, making his first appearance since his recent back operation, but with twelve minutes to go a quick passing move by the Asturians ended with De las Cuevas turning a shot in off Casillas's near post.
Madrid threw everything forward, but Juan Pablo kept out Adebayor and Higuaín, and with the keeper beaten a defender cleared a last minute shot by Khedira off the line. A first loss at home this season, and Mourinho's incredible nine year run of 150 home league games without defeat has finally come to an end. More importantly though for now is that, on a weekend where Madrid were hoping to close the gap on Barcelona, they now find themselves eight points adrift of their arch-rivals.