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Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid: Casemiro goal sends Real top of La Liga

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema is the third La Liga player to reach double figures in goals and assists in all competitions this season, after Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez

Real Madrid are two points clear at the top of La Liga after grinding out a victory at bottom club Espanyol.

Casemiro scored the only goal as he latched onto Karim Benzema's brilliant no-look backheel through the legs of defender Bernardo Espinosa before firing home.

The Brazilian had earlier gone close to the opener when his shot from his own half was saved by Diego Lopez.

Espanyol had several chances with Thibaut Courtois making five saves.

Sporting director Francisco Rufete took over as manager on Saturday after replacing Abelardo Fernandez - the third Espanyol boss to be sacked this season.

They put up a good fight, with Wu Lei among the players to go close, but fell just short.

Real Madrid are now only six wins - or five wins and a draw - from a second La Liga title since 2012.

City rivals Atletico can do them a favour when they visit Barca on Thursday.

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Line-ups

Espanyol

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 13López
  • 34Gómez
  • 20Bernardo
  • 18Cabrera
  • 17ViláSubstituted forPedrosaat 45'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 7WuSubstituted forMelendoat 57'minutes
  • 15LópezSubstituted forLozanoat 84'minutes
  • 21Roca
  • 10DarderSubstituted forMelamedat 69'minutes
  • 23EmbarbaSubstituted forCalleriat 69'minutes
  • 11de Tomás

Substitutes

  • 3Pedrosa
  • 4Sánchez
  • 5Gomes Pereira
  • 12Calleri
  • 14Melendo
  • 16López Rodríguez
  • 22Vargas
  • 24Calero
  • 25Olazábal
  • 26Lozano
  • 31Campuzano
  • 33Melamed

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 15Valverde
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 22IscoSubstituted forRodrygoat 64'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 7E HazardSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 64'minutesBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 3Militão
  • 11Bale
  • 16Rodríguez
  • 20Asensio
  • 21Díaz
  • 24Mariano
  • 25Vinícius Júnior
  • 26Altube
  • 27Rodrygo
  • 39Hernández
  • 47Gutiérrez
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Match Stats

Home TeamEspanyolAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home8
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home0
Away5
Fouls
Home19
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Espanyol 0, Real Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Espanyol 0, Real Madrid 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

  4. Post update

    Nicolás Melamed (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Nicolás Melamed (Espanyol).

  7. Post update

    Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marc Roca (Espanyol).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

  10. Post update

    Raúl de Tomás (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Pol Lozano (Espanyol).

  13. Booking

    Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid).

  15. Post update

    Óscar Melendo (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Calleri (Espanyol).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Espanyol. Pol Lozano replaces David López.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Daniel Carvajal tries a through ball, but Rodrygo is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rodrygo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 28th June 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid32218360213971
2Barcelona32216572333969
3Atl Madrid321513441231858
4Sevilla321412645331254
5Villarreal321561151401151
6Getafe311310840291149
7Real Sociedad31145124739847
8Valencia321210104146-546
9Ath Bilbao32111293628845
10Granada32127133838043
11Osasuna321011113847-941
12Levante32125154146-541
13Real Betis32910134352-937
14Real Valladolid32714112737-1035
15Eibar3298153448-1435
16Alavés3298153248-1635
17Celta Vigo32713123137-634
18Mallorca3275203055-2526
19Leganés32510172446-2225
20Espanyol3259182651-2524
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