Real Madrid were content with a disappointing goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano on matchday 12 at the Santiago Bernabéu.
The royal club chances were very few on goal, and this time Jude Bellingham did not succeed in saving Carlo Ancelotti's men.
There was more than one frightening shot for Real fans in the Madrid mini-derby, in the first half Bellingham fell on his hand and looked injured before returning to the field, and Eduardo Camavinga suffered a head injury.
This draw is not in Real Madrid's favour, as they lost the top spot in La Liga to Girona's surprise season and the gap with Barcelona narrowed one week after the 2-1 victory at the Luis Combanes Olimpico in El Clasico.
The Merengue reached 29 points in second place, while Girona leads with 31 points, while Barcelona comes in third place with 27 points and Atletico Madrid behind Barca with 25 points.
Real Madrid's last game before the international break will also be difficult, when they host Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu next Saturday at ten pm Egypt time, eleventh Mecca time.