Madrid stays comfortably on top after Espanyol 1-nil win

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Casemiro grabbed the only goal in Real Madrid’s latest thoroughly deserved win at Espanyol to open up a gap at the top of LaLiga.

Zinedine Zidane’s men led the league by virtue of their superior head-to-head record going into the weekend and were boosted by Celta’s late equaliser against Barca on Saturday.

Madrid made sure not to pass up the opportunity to build a gap at the summit as Casemiro scored following a wonderful Karim Benzema assist in an entertaining if ultimately narrow away victory.

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Match Events


10′ Ramos’s header flies into the stand

13′ Marcelo’s shot blocked by Espinosa

20′ Courtois parries Espinosa’s header

25′ CLOSE! Wu Lei’s shot over the bar

30′ Diego Lopez denies Ramos’s header

36′ SAVE! Diego Lopez denies Benzema’s shot

45′ GOAL! Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid (Casemiro)

GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! CASEMIRO PUTS MADRID AHEAD!!!!!! 1-0!!! Madrid take the lead as the Brazilian scores with an outstretched left boot, poking his effort past Diego Lopez. Benzema is the architect with a fine backheel through the legs of Espinosa. Casemiro gambles and gets there ahead of Cabrera and the Espanyol keeper to score.

49′ Courtois parries Wu Lei’s shot

51′ SAVE! Diego Lopez denies Benzema’s effort

57′ Subs! Melendo replaces Wu Lei

63′ Subs! Vinicius & Rodrygo in,Isco & Hazard out

82′ Rodrygo’s shot blocked!

Line-ups


Espanyol XI: Diego Lopez, Espinosa, Dídac , Cabrera, Wu Lei, D.López, Raúl de Tomás, Darder, Adri Embarba, Roca, Víctor Gomez

Subs: Victor Sanchez, Javi Lopez, Naldo, Oier, Calleri, Vargas, Campuzano, Pol Lozano, Pedrosa, Calero, Melendo, Melamed

Real Madrid XI: Ramos, Benzema, Kroos, Marcelo, Hazard, Courtois, Casemiro, Isco, Carvajal, Varane, Valverde

Subs: Bale, James, Areola, Mariano, Asensio, Militao, Brahim, Vinicius, Javi Hernández, Miguel Gutiérrez, Rodrygo, Altube.

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