Real Madrid's La Liga season lurched from bad to worse last night after they could only muster a 0-0 draw with Osasuna.
Jose Mourinho's side went into the game in desperate need of three points in order to keep their slim hopes of challenging Barcelona for the league crown alive, but this latest setback seemingly puts an end to any dreams they had of defending the title they won last season.
The result leaves Los Blancos in third place, 15 points behind Barcelona who take on high-flying Malaga this evening.
To make matters worse for Real Madrid, the usually genial Kaka was sent off with 15 minutes remaining having been on the pitch for little more than quarter of an hour.
Having been booked not long after he emerged from the bench for a flailing arm while contesting a header, the Brazilian picked up a second yellow for stopping Osasuna from taking a quick free-kick.
It was the 2007 World Player of the Year's first sending off in Spain since he joined from AC Milan in 2009 and his first red card since he was dismissed playing for Brazil against the Ivory Coast at the 2010 World Cup.
Kaka's absence did little to help Madrid's push for all three points in an otherwise tepid affair.
Madrid's inability to defend their La Liga crown has lead to reports that Mourinho could leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season, along with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mourinho was present at Old Trafford today to watch Manchester United beat Liverpool, although only to watch Sir Alex Ferguson's side ahead of their last 16 Champions League clash next month.