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Barcelona And Real Madrid Lose On Same Day For First Time Since 2015

Barca bad, Madrid worse’ screamed the headline on the front of Mundo Deportivo on Thursday morning.

The sentiment was debatable – at least could say they had been beaten by one of ‘s best sides, had crumbled against the bottom club.

Both giants of the Spanish game had been humbled inside the space of four hours and suddenly the league looks wide open.

Alaves could go top on Tuesday night if they beat Getafe and then if results go their way in the next round of matches Atletico Madrid could have the lead by the weekend.

Whatever happens it seems the title race will not be a procession for Real Madrid and Barcelona this season.

This was the first time in almost four years that they had both lost on the same night. Back in January 2015 Real Madrid lost to Valencia and Barcelona were beaten by David Moyes’ Real Sociedad.

It had not happened since, at least not until last night.

Barcelona were undone in 68 seconds. That’s as long as it took for Leganes to equalise and then take the lead courtesy of some awful defending from Gerard Pique, Thomas Vermaelen and Sergio Roberto.

The two goals should warm Mauricio Pochettino’s heart as he plots Barca’s downfall next week in the Champions League.

And if sleepy Barca had their pockets picked, Real Madrid suffered a full-scale pillaging at the hands of rampant Sevilla who have now scored 14 goals in their last three games.

It was the first time they had been 3-0 down in the first half of a match since 2003.

That was also a Sevilla special with David Beckham and Zinedine Zidane on the pitch for Madrid and Dani Alves just emerging as a force of nature for Sevilla.

Madrid had their gala evening on Monday in London with Luka Modric awarded The Best and many of the rest of the team returning home with trophies. This was the rest of La Liga’s chance to pat themselves on the back.

Maybe the two things were even related. Madrid tend to lose after FIFA prize-giving night. They lost 2-1 to Sevilla in 2016 and 2-1 to Girona in 2017, both after gala award ceremonies.