Real Madrid temporarily lead La Liga with victory over Espanyol

Real Madrid temporarily lead La Liga with victory over Espanyol

A new win for the Royals

Real Madrid continued to top la Liga after beating Espanyol by two clean goals to account for the 16th round of the competition.

Real Madrid's formation saw the return of Vinícius Júnior with his compatriot Rodrygo in the shadow of injuries to Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard, while Ferland Mendy replaced the injured Marcelo.

Real Madrid played with their green reserve shirt despite the match on the pitch, in support of the climate summit held in Madrid, as the shirt was made of environmentally friendly materials.

Espanyol's first serious chance was in the 27th minute after Thibaut Courtois countered with Granero headers, a dangerous bounce for Real Madrid via Vinícius, but Diego Lpezó also starred in the movie.

Federico Valverde tried his luck with a powerful shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 37th minute, but López excelled in tackling the ball and taking it out for a corner.

A minute later, Raphael Varane opened the scoring with a silky pass from Karim Benzema, converted to the net by Espanyol with success.

Once again Vinícius almost shook the net after a quick 43rd minute from another distinctive pass from Benzema, but López continued to shine and took the ball out for a corner.

At the end of the half saw Espanyol claim a penalty for a push from Dani Carvajal on Jonathan Calleri, but the referee confirmed that there was nothing via video technology, for the two players to protest after the whistle, without interference from the referee.

Benzema missed a 53rd-minute chance from complete lying but slowed down and López countered. The Frenchman again was not successful in the 70th minute when he shot next to the keeper after a remarkable effort from Vinícius.

The same player finally broke the stubbornness of the net and scored Benzema second goal in the 80th minute after a quick attack on Espanyol successfully finished after a pass from inside 6 yards.

The referee dismissed Ferland Mendy after receiving the second warning of a rough intervention on the Espanyol player five minutes before the end of the game.

The victory lifted Real Madrid tally to 34 points, temporarily taking the lead by waiting for their former partner Barcelona, and Espanyol continued to suffer in the penultimate place with nine points.

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