Two of the world’s most revered teams were shocked by relative minnows on Wednesday, with Barcelona and its Spanish rival Real Madrid both falling in La Liga play.
La Liga champions Barcelona slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat at struggling Leganes and Real Madrid were resoundingly beaten 3-0 by Sevilla on Wednesday as the two clubs lost on the same day for the first time since January, 2015.
It marked the first time both clubs — which between them have won the last five Champions League titles and six of the last eight — lost on the same day in almost four years:
The titans have been even more dominant in domestic action, combining for 13 of the last 14 Spanish crowns. Barcelona almost went undefeated in 2017-18, suffering their only loss on the final day of the season.
Barca’s unexpected loss handed Real the chance to move three points clear at the top of the table but the European champions were outclassed by a rampant Sevilla, who scored all their goals in a livewire first half to inflict a first league defeat on Real under coach Julen Lopetegui.
Barca remained top of the table on goal difference, locked on 13 points with Real. Atletico Madrid are third on 11 and Sevilla fourth on 10.