Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid: Casemiro sends Los Blancos 2 pts clear at top
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.
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!