Match Report Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid: James and Benzema Give the Victory...

Match Report Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid: James and Benzema Give the Victory in Cornellá


Real Madrid won their fourth match of the regular season against Espanyol. Los Blancos came to this match with many injuries like Cristiano Ronaldo with a sickness and Gareth Bale with a pain in his thigh. That´s why Zinedine Zidane had to make many changes in the starting 11 and we saw Asensio, Karim Benzema and Lucas Vázquez in the attack. Zinedinde Zidane could reach the record of Guardiola of 16 games won in a row in La Liga.

Real Madrid didn´t start very well the match. Los Blancos defenders made many mistakes in the passes and Espanyol only had to wait the error of Real Madrid to have a chance to score a goal. Leo Baptistao had a great opportunity to score the first goal of the match, but Kiko Casilla made a great safe.

Casemiro had to leave the match because he had a hard collision with Diop. Zidane decided that Toni Kroos was the midfielder who should replace Casemiro. With the entry of Kroos in the field, Real Madrid began to improve his game and Los Blancos started to have really good opportunities. Just before finishing the first half James Rodríguez scored a great goal from out of the box.

In the beginning of the second match, the players of Zinedine Zidane gave the control of the ball to Espanyol, waiting for a mistake and the moment to make a counterattack. Karim Benzema almost scored a great volley but Diego López made a great safe.

The second substitution Zidane realized was Isco replacing James. The Colombian midfielder played 62 minutes and we saw him more active than in other games, scoring the first goal of the match.

In the minute 70, Karim Benzema scored the second goal for Los Blancos before he was replaced by Morata. Lucas Vázquez made a great play and the French striker only had to tap it. Espanyol felt like they would have no chance of winning the match and Real Madrid controlled the game until the end.