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Real Madrid didn’t deserve to lose against Espanyol, says manager Zinedine Zidane

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Zinedine Zidane felt Real Madrid did not deserve to lose against Espanyol, despite admitting they were poor in the second half at the RCDE Stadium.

The champions saw their five-game winning run in all competitions emphatically ended when Gerard Moreno slammed home a dramatic late winner for lowly Espanyol.

The 1-0 defeat will lead to questions over Zidane’s decision to rest Cristiano Ronaldo, while Karim Benzema started the midweek fixture on the bench.