"We really didn't deserve to ship that goal", said the Frenchman. "We started well and had chances to score, but the second half was worse", Zidane said.
They will look to get back to winning ways when they host Getafe this weekend, followed by a huge Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the French capital next Tuesday. Espanyol, who moved up to 13th in La Liga, had not won in any of their past 20 games against Madrid, drawing three and losing 17.
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Toni Kroos, Marcelo and Luka Modric also did not play as they try to recover from injuries for next week's game against PSG. Its last league win came eight rounds ago, at Levante.
They failed to close the gap on the La Liga leaders though as Gerardo Moreno's 93rd-minute strike earned Espanyol a surprise win.
The LaLiga champions have not been at their best this season, and their domestic woes continued when they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Espanyol on Tuesday night.
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Gerard Moreno struck in the 94th minute at the RCDE Stadium as Real's rotated line-up felt the full punishment for a slack and disjointed display.
Catalan forward Moreno wasted a number of chances but his last-minute volley took a wicked deflection off defender Raphael Varane to secure Espanyol's first victory over Real in 11 years.
"We didn't deserve this defeat, it hurts".
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After seeing Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale all return to form with the goals in the weekend 4-0 victory over Alaves, his decision to omit two of his "BBC" attacking triumvirate from the side was questionable.
Benzema did come on as Madrid pushed for a late victor, only to be caught on the counter when Sergio Garcia's cross allowed Moreno to score in the third minute of added time.
Girona remained in the fight for a Europa League spot by defeating Celta Vigo 1-0 at home, continuing its impressive debut season in the first division.
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