REAL MADRID missed the chance to draw closer to Barcelona after suffering a surprise defeat at home to 17th-place Girona at the Bernabeu on Sunday.
Real were on course for a sixth consecutive league win when Casemiro leapt highest to meet a Toni Kroos cross and head them in front midway through the first half.
But Girona came out with a vengeance in the second half, levelling in the 65th minute with a Cristhian Stuani penalty after a handball by Ramos.
Spanish striker Cristian Portu gave Girona an unlikely lead 10 minutes later, nipping in front of Madrid’s lacklustre defender Marcelo to nod in on the rebound after Thibaut Courtois could only parry a shot from visiting forward Anthony Lozano.
Madrid substitutes Gareth Bale and Vinicius Jr each squandered opportunities to level for the European champions and things got worse when Ramos earned a second yellow card in added time and was sent off for the 25th time in club football.
Real goalkeeper Courtois came close to salvaging an equaliser but headed wide deep in stoppage time, leaving Real third in the standings on 45 points, nine behind table toppers Barcelona and seven back from second-placed Atletico Madrid.
Elsewhere at the Camp Nou, Lionel Messi scored one penalty and missed another as Barcelona beat Real Valladolid 1-0 on Saturday to open up a seven-point lead at the top of La Liga.The Catalans played far below their vibrant best but were not troubled by the visitors at the Nou Camp as they ended a run of three consecutive draws in all competitions.
Second Placed Atelico Madrid on the other hand scraped past Rayo Vallecano 1-0, with Antoine Griezmann netting his 18th goal in all competitions this season and his 130th for the club in all competitions, leapfrogging Fernando Torres asthe fifth-highest goalscorerin Atletico Madrid history.Griezmann has now scored eight goals in his last six meetings with Rayo in all competitions.
He has sealed a 1-0 win in the last three of those matches.
Villarreal did their relegation battle a whole lot of good as they beat Sevilla 3-0 on Sunday afternoon, Thanks to goals from Alvaro, Karl Toko-Ekambi and Alfonso Pedraza.
The home side have been in dreaded form this season which has left them sitting 19th in the league standings prior to this game.