Football

Espanyol 0 – 1 Real Madrid

standard: Karim Benzema’s extraordinary assist for Casemiro at the end of the first half handed Real Madrid an important 1-0 win away to bottom side Espanyol and saw Los Blancos move two points clear of Barcelona in the race for LaLiga.

Madrid and Barca had come into the 32nd round of the competition neck and neck at the top of the table, with Zinedine Zidane’s side in front thanks to their superior head-to-head record in the two Clasico clashes this season.

But Barca’s 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday meant Madrid had the chance to go two clear and that looked likely against struggling Espanyol – especially after the Catalans sacked coach Abelardo Fernandez a day before this match.

Zidane picked a four-man midfield as Casemiro returned from suspension to start alongside Fede Valverde, Toni Kroos and Isco.

And it was the Brazilian who had the best chances of a first half in which Madrid did not have things all their own way against a competitive Espanyol side led out by sporting director Francisco Rufete.

Casemiro’s first chance came following a corner when he headed over the crossbar at full stretch after a flick-on from Raphael Varane.

He then scored on the stroke of half-time, just when it looked like Madrid would go in frustrated at the interval.

Marcelo hit a long ball forward from the left, captain Sergio Ramos headed on for Benzema on the right and the Frenchman played a sublime no-look back-heel into the path of Casemiro, who smashed past Diego Lopez from close range.

The assist was reminiscent of Guti’s famous pass to Benzema against Deportivo La Coruna in 2010, which has gone down in Madrid folklore, and this time the Frenchman was the provider.
Benzema saw a volley from a tight angle saved by Diego Lopez in the second half and Espanyol were still very much in the game, albeit limited to long-range efforts from Raul de Tomas and David Lopez.

Zidane sent on Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo for Isco and Eden Hazard as he sought to insert some pace and imagination, but Espanyol continued to defend well and made Madrid work until the end for a hard-fought victory which takes Los Blancos two points clear at the top.

Espanyol, meanwhile, remain rooted to the bottom and their hopes of survival are slim as they sit 10 points adrift of 17th-placed Celta Vigo with six games left.

Source: Published by standard

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Hassan faruuq opeyemi
Hassan faruuq opeyemi
1 month ago

Madrid is 2point ahead Barca

Aliu
Aliu
1 month ago

Interesting

ossai kingsley Collins
ossai kingsley Collins
1 month ago

congrat to Real Madrid

Thompson Timothy
Thompson Timothy
1 month ago

Interesting

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Good one for Real Madrid

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Good News for Leicester city

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Good news for Manchester united

Godwin Buduzhi
Godwin Buduzhi
1 month ago

Lovely

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Nice one for Arsenal for fighting spirit

Joseph Odeigua
Joseph Odeigua
1 month ago

Madrid are doing well.

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

No body have right mock any player

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Barcelona need work hard on LA liga

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

CR7 is great player which have chance of winning Balloon d’ or

Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
Ozoemena Ikechukwu Emmanuel
1 month ago

Good news for strike

Adeyemi Sunday
Adeyemi Sunday
1 month ago

hala madrid!!! 💪

Adewumi sherif akanji
Adewumi sherif akanji
1 month ago

Congratulations

Ezema Paul
Ezema Paul
1 month ago

Congratulations Real Madrid

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
1 month ago

Congrats to Madrid

Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
1 month ago

Congrat

Mohammed Nma Madiwu
Mohammed Nma Madiwu
1 month ago

Great match

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
1 month ago

nice one

David omadivi
David omadivi
1 month ago

Halla Madrid
Its time to take la liga

Rafiu Idris
Rafiu Idris
1 month ago

This is really good for real Madrid
More wins to come

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
1 month ago

Great result for Real Madrid.

Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
Ekerette Effiong Isonguyo
1 month ago

Up Madrid

Chiemerie nnam
Chiemerie nnam
1 month ago

Madrid really do well

Andemah jairus
Andemah jairus
1 month ago

Real Madrid for life

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
1 month ago

Good one

Muhammed Hammed
Muhammed Hammed
1 month ago

Madrid really do well

Deborah folami anuoluwapo
Deborah folami anuoluwapo
1 month ago

Nic

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
1 month ago

Nice result for real Madrid

Okwu Godsupwill okechukwu
Okwu Godsupwill okechukwu
1 month ago

Up Madrid

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
1 month ago

Congrats real Madrid

Pablochidiebere
Pablochidiebere
1 month ago

Nice one for Madrid

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
1 month ago

congratulations ahead

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
1 month ago

Congrats for Madrid

Christopher Ege
Christopher Ege
1 month ago

Great performance by Benzema’s

Isaac Sunday
Isaac Sunday
1 month ago

Nice one

Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
Ogunleye Oladele Samuel
1 month ago

Interestingly

Cherry
Cherry
1 month ago

Congratulations Real Madrid

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
24 days ago

Hala madrid

Israel Ekhosuehi
Israel Ekhosuehi
17 days ago

Good performance