It’s the 21st minute of the game between Real Madrid and Granada, the scoreboard is still blank when the referee signals for a corner to be taken from the left side of the goal. Cristiano Ronaldo awaits at the near post when the ball is whipped in. The Portuguese jumps to reach the ball, and the ball glances off the top of his head and buries itself in the side netting, leaving the goalkeeper no chance whatsoever.
You might think this is routine, just CR7’s 22nd goal of the season, but instead of wheeling away in celebration, he lifts his arms in dismay.
The problem is the keeper in question was Real Madrid’s Diego Lopez and the goal was Ronaldo’s first own goal of his professional career.
Granada went on to win that game with that solitary goal and achieved the feat of beating the La Liga champions without having a shot on target.
However, the blame shouldn’t all fall on Ronaldo alone, Karim Benzema managed an even bigger blooper in the second half, putting the ball wide of Granada’s open goal.
Los Blancos’ overall performance was so poor that you could difficulty argue they deserved much more from the game. Although they may have given up on retaining their title several weeks ago, this type of performance won’t do their image, or confidence, any good.