(AP) Santiago Solari's first game as Real Madrid's full-time coach was one to forget.
After leading Madrid to four straight victories as interim manager, Solari saw his team lose 3-0 at Eibar in the Spanish league on Saturday.
The loss - Madrid's first-ever defeat against the Basque Country club - halted the team's recovery from a series of poor results under former coach Julen Lopetegui, who was fired.
Madrid is sixth in the standings after 13 games. It could have moved one point behind leader Barcelona ahead of its rival's match at Atletico Madrid later Saturday.
''We admit that we didn't play well,'' Solari said. ''We have to work to improve and to correct our mistakes. It was a tough loss, we didn't expect it.''
Solari was given a permanent contract before the international break after replacing Lopetegui. He revamped the squad and put it back on track in the Spanish league and the Champions League, quickly gaining fans' approval. The former midfielder was picked among candidates that reportedly included Antonio Conte and Roberto Martinez.
Madrid had outscored opponents 15-2 in the four wins under Solari, who took over with the team ninth in the league. Madrid's last game under Lopetegui was a 5-1 loss at Barcelona.
Saturday's defeat left Madrid with one of the league's worst defenses with 19 goals conceded. Only three teams have conceded more than Madrid - Celta Vigo, Rayo Vallecano and last-place Huesca.