Nacho blames bad luck for Real Madrid loss

Nikola Vlasic's early goal gave CSKA Moscow a famous win over Champions League holder Real Madrid, with Nacho Fernandez blaming bad luck.

Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez   -  Getty Images

Nacho Fernandez said that bad luck was the reason Real Madrid failed to score for the third consecutive game after Julen Lopetegui's side slumped to a 1-0 loss at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.

After Nikola Vlasic capitalised on Toni Kroos putting Raphael Varane under pressure with a bad pass in the second minute, Madrid could not break CSKA down in Tuesday's Group G clash.

Casemiro, Karim Benzema and substitute Mariano Diaz all hit the woodwork for the holder, which was without Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Isco due to injury, while Luka Modric was on the bench and captain Sergio Ramos rested entirely.

But, Nacho refused to blame Madrid's shock loss – which came despite goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev's late red card for the host – on the rotation policy of his boss.

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"The defeat is unfair, the team gave everything. Shots off the woodwork, chances missed, but that's football for you, and this competition has a long way to go yet," Nacho told Movistar.

"The problem is when you do not make chances. We are not used to going runs of games without scoring. But today we had many chances, all we can do is keep working."

Sergio Reguilon had a debut to forget filling in at left-back for injured Brazil international Marcelo. But, he backed up Nacho's view that Madrid was simply unfortunate as its run without a goal extended.

"The ball did not want to go in. The important thing is to keep making chances. We are Real Madrid and must not lose our heads," the 21-year-old said to Movistar.