Real Madrid's miserable run continued as they slid to a shock 1-0 La Liga defeat at Alaves by conceding a goal deep in stoppage time on Saturday, marking their longest run without scoring in over 33 years.
Alaves are now level on points on the table with 13 points with Real Madrid and Barcelona, who have a game at hand.
Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui says both forwards needed to leave the match because of unspecified injuries.
That proved to be the trend for the rest stanza, as the sides went into the break scoreless, while Alaves failed to provide any real attacking threat.
Asking to be replaced, the location of this Gareth Bale injury appeared rooted in the winger's hamstring.
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Alaves, whose fortunes have been transformed since coach Abelardo Fernandez took over last December when they were fighting against relegation, rose to a third.
Madrid had five shots on goal in the first nine minutes, but the fast start fizzled out and before half-time, they had gone a full six hours without finding the net in any competition.
"Karim and Gareth had injuries, so we had to make decisions regarding changes", he said. "All negative factors are piling up on us", added Lopetegui.
After an worldwide break, Madrid's next game is at home against Levante on October 20.
"This victory takes us to 14 points and that's something tremendous, and it's magnified by the size of the team we have beaten".