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Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

James Rodriguez
Rodriguez has scored more goals from outside the box than any other midfielder in Europe's top five leagues since 2014-15

Real Madrid beat Espanyol for a record-equalling 16th consecutive win in Spain's top division and moved three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Goals from James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema gave them the win that matches the run of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side in the 2010-11 season.

Real, without Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo for the trip to the Cornella-El Prat stadium, made it four wins from four this season.

Barcelona are second on nine points.

Wales forward Bale picked up a hip problem in the 2-1 Champions League win at Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday, while Portuguese star Ronaldo was ruled out with flu.

Colombia forward Rodriguez, who was linkedexternal-link with a move away from the Bernabeu in the summer, scored Real's opener just before the break.

Receiving the ball from Toni Kroos 30 yards from goal, Rodriguez rode two challenges before shooting low into the corner past Diego Lopez.

Benzema doubled the lead on 70 minutes, meeting Lucas Vazquez's low cross for a simple tap-in from close range.

The win maintains Real's unbeaten start to the season and puts them on 12 points, ahead of Barcelona and Las Palmas on nine.

Former Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has just two points from his opening four games since taking over at Espanyol in the summer.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 13López
  • 16López RodríguezBooked at 64mins
  • 15López Silva
  • 6DuarteBooked at 44mins
  • 4Sánchez Mata
  • 17PérezBooked at 21mins
  • 20DiopBooked at 54mins
  • 28RocaSubstituted forReyesat 83'minutes
  • 19PiattiSubstituted forVázquez Garcíaat 10'minutes
  • 11Carrilho Baptistao
  • 7Moreno BalagueróSubstituted forCaicedoat 66'minutes


  • 1Jiménez Gago
  • 2Demichelis
  • 3Duarte
  • 9Reyes
  • 10Caicedo
  • 22Vázquez García
  • 23Reyes

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Casilla
  • 2CarvajalBooked at 84mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 4RamosBooked at 3mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19Modric
  • 14CasemiroSubstituted forKroosat 19'minutes
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forIscoat 62'minutes
  • 17Vázquez
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMorataat 72'minutes
  • 20Asensio


  • 5Varane
  • 8Kroos
  • 16Kovacic
  • 21Morata
  • 22Isco
  • 23Danilo
  • 25Yáñez
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Espanyol 0, Real Madrid 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Espanyol 0, Real Madrid 2.

  3. Post update

    Pepe (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Felipe Caicedo (Espanyol).

  5. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Luka Modric tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

  6. Post update

    Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Óscar Duarte (Espanyol).

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Pape Diop (Espanyol).

  11. Booking

    Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

  13. Post update

    Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sergio Ramos.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Espanyol. Diego Reyes replaces Marc Roca.

  16. Post update

    Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marc Roca (Espanyol).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcelo.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leo Baptistao (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Marc Roca.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 18th September 2016

As It Stood

1Real Madrid4400123912
3Las Palmas430111569
4Atl Madrid422010198
8Sporting Gijón421147-37
9Ath Bilbao42024406
11Real Betis4121710-35
12Dep La Coruña31112204
13Real Sociedad411246-24
19Celta Vigo401317-61
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