Real Madrid were desperate. It was the last minute of added time and they needed an equaliser. This attack would be their last chance.Luka Modric received possession around 30 yards from goal, in the centre of the pitch.

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Modric saw him and played the pass… but he inexplicably hit it too hard, too far ahead of Vazquez, and the ball went straight out for a throw-in.And although it was by no means decisive to the outcome, Modric's error can be seen as an encapsulation of their decline: here was one of the best passers in the world, unable to even make a simple short pass to an unmarked team-mate. It made no sense, just like their whole season has made no sense.