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Summary

  1. Ronaldo & Bale not involved for Real
  2. Hart keeps clean sheet on home Torino debut - 0-0 draw with Empoli
  3. Inter Milan 2-1 Juventus

Live Reporting

By Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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It's been a varied menu of European football today. Joe Hart kept his first clean sheet for Torino, as they drew 0-0 with Empoli in one of the most boring games that you will see anywhere all season.

Then Inter Milan ended Juventus' 100% Serie A start in one of the most exciting.

Real Madrid did what they needed to do in beating Espanyol; Zinedine Zidane's side are looking very tidy domestically, even if the Champions League is not proving quite as straightforward.

It's been a long day, and it's time for me to go home. Thanks for your company. See you soon.

Bundesliga round-up

There were two games in Germany's Bundesliga today too: Hertha Berlin maintained their 100% start with a 2-0 win over Schalke, who kept up a 0% start. Markus Weinzerl's side are next to bottom after three defeats, above only Werder Bremen on goal difference.

Elsewhere, Mainz won 3-1 at Augsburg.

Serie A latest

One result to bring you from Serie A tonight. Roma have missed the chance to go level on points with leaders Napoli, losing 1-0 at Fiorentina. Milan Badelj got the only goal with eight minutes to play.

How they stand

Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

This is how La Liga looks tonight, then. Atletico Madrid are moving up the rankings fast after two big league wins in a row. Las Palmas are hanging in there too. But it's the big two who are the top two.

La Liga
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Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

A record-equalling 16th successive La Liga win, then, for Real Madrid - dragging them level with Barcelona's achievement of 2010-11. And a good night for James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema. Both players' seasons have taken a while to get going; they both opened their Real accounts for the campaign tonight.

FULL-TIME

Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

Job done. A very professional display from Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane's side are top of the table - played four, won four.

Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

Two minutes of time added on. We're well into that. I mean as in 'most of it has elapsed' rather than 'we really love stoppage time'.

Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

Quite a few gaps appearing in the stands now. Espanyol's fans are heading for the exits; perhaps Quique Flores' thoughts are beginning to turn to Thursday's La Liga trip to Osasuna. Now that is a must-win game.

Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

Real free-kick, just outside the penalty area. It's Cristiano Ronaldo territory. Oh, hang on, Ronaldo's got flu. Gareth Bale? He's injured. OK, who fancies it? Step forward, Sergio Ramos. The captain clears the wall, but his effort is batted down by Diego Lopez, as if he were patting a Labrador on the head. Step back, Sergio Ramos.

Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

Daniel Carvajal is unlucky to go into the book; the Real right-back gets forward on to a loose ball after Diego Lopez parries a tame Isco shot. Carvajal and Espanyol's Victor Sanchez get to the ball at the same time. It doesn't even look like a foul; the referee indicates that it is.

Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

Alvaro Morata, popping up on the left for Real Madrid, chucks in a long-range shot, but it lacks power. Diego Lopez collects it easily. Needs more welly, son. Should have been a manager, me.

A very tired looking Marc Roca is replaced; Diego Reyes is on for Espanyol.

Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, on a yellow card since minute three, has managed to get to the final quarter-hour with no further sanction. It's not proving easy, though. He gets a little kick from Felipe Caicedo as he clears the ball, and looks pretty hacked off about it. That's as far as the centre-back's reaction goes, though. He is determined to see this one through.

Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

Espanyol need to strike back quickly, and they almost do. Leo Baptistao breaks; it's not the best pass to Felipe Caicedo, and the Ecuador striker has to go round the houses to wriggle clear of Daniel Carvajal and see the goal. The rising shot is deflected off Carvajal, and Kiko Casilla does well to tip it over.

Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

That is Benzema's last contribution of the evening. Having put Real fully in control with his right boot, he heads for the bench, replaced by Alvaro Morata.

GOAL - Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid

Karim Benzema

They can cling on no more. It's a well-worked goal, although probably made easier by the fact that gaps are starting to open up as the home side tire. Daniel Carvajal feeds the ball right for Lucas Vazquez to cross low, and Karim Benzema gets in front of his marker to turn home the cross when it is drilled in.

Karim Benzema
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Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

Real seek a second. Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio bundle the ball towards goal amid some panicky home defending. It runs loose to Karim Benzema, but Oscar Duarte is across to block.

Espanyol clear the resulting corner, but the ball is soon back with Benzema, whose low 20-yard curler needs touching round the post by Diego Lopez. The home side clinging on here.

Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

A change for Espanyol now. Gerard Moreno has had little impact in attack; former Manchester City striker Felipe Caicedo is his replacement.

Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

James Rodriguez's night is done. The goalscorer is replaced by Isco.

Meanwhile, Sergio Ramos is walking a tightrope here. The captain gives Hernan Perez a shoulder barge as he steps to clear inside his own penalty area. He could argue that he i sjust standing his ground, but it was an unnecessary act of aggression, and it could have been a very costly one if an unsympathetic referee had decided tro act.

Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

It's a superb effort from Benzema. He has his back to goal when the ball comes to him, and he flicks it up, turns and volleys. Would have been a classic had it come off.

Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

Superb goalkeeping from Diego Lopez keeps Espanyol in the hunt. Lucas Vazquez's cross from the right is nodded down at the far post by Marco Asensio. Karim Benzema hooks a bouncing ball at goal - but Lopez, on loan from AC Milan, thrusts up the arm to block.

Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

A painful moment for Espanyol striker Leo Baptistao, who goes for Gerard Moreno's cross and gets a whack on the top of the foot from Pepe. It's an honest collision; still hurts, though. The Brazilian is OK after a moment to recover.

A moment or two later, Papa Diop catches Real's Lucas Vazquez late around 40 yards from the Espanyol goal, and gets a yellow card.

Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

A loud shout for handball from the Espanyol support as Daniel Carvajal breaks up a promising move by the home side; for a moment, there's the prospect of a Real Madrid break, but it comes to nought.

Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

A quiet start to the second half. Espanyol's Hernan Perez, already on a yellow card, clips Real full-back Marcelo, but a free-kick is sufficient punishment.

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Alex Shcnopple: Real Madrid's kit's much better than Sunderland's kit, RM's reminds me of Parma Violets, am hungry now, thanks.

Parma Violets won't fill you up, Alex. I'd go for a quiche. Or perhaps a jacket potato.

KICK-OFF

Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

James Rodriguez's goal separates the teams. Can Espanyol find a way back to gain their first league win of the season?

La Liga round-up

Let's bring you up to date with the scores of the other three games played in La Liga today:

Osasuna 0-0 Celta Vigo

Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Valencia

Villarreal 2-1 Real Sociedad

Gloomy times at Valencia, who have lost four out of four in La Liga and sit rock bottom. Celta Vigo's point was their first, and Osasuna's second; they both look set for a season of struggle too.

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On the subject of Serie A, here's a can of worms concerning our league table graphic from earlier.

Michael Maw: Your graphic omitted Sassuolo, they're in 3rd!!

Serie A
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Well, it's a moot point, this one. Sassuolo's 2-1 victory over Pescara in late August was turned into a 0-3 defeat by the Italian authorities, who argued that midfielder Antonino Ragusa was not registered to play. I won't bore you with all the details, but Sassuolo have appealed and the whole affair is still being sorted out.

If you record the result as 2-1, Sassuolo are third; if it's 0-3, they are not. Just to confuse matters, the Serie A table on Sassuolo's website lists them as being in ninth.  

Juve beaten, Napoli stay top

Serie A round-up

If you missed it earlier: Napoli remain top in Italy, after Juventus' 100% record disappeared in a 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan. It was a cracking game.

Serie A latest

One half-time score to bring you from Serie A: Roma, who will go joint top with a win, are drawing 0-0 at Fiorentina.

HALF-TIME

Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid are halfway to an unprecedented 16th successive La Liga win. It hasn't been straightforward, but they have ridden the potholes and stayed on course.

GOAL - Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

James Rodriguez

Into the second of three minutes of first-half stoppage time. There doesn't seem much danger as Toni Kroos feeds James Rodriguez 30 yards from goal. The Colombia midfielder breaks two challenges, though, and suddenly there's an opening. The shot, from 20 yards, is unerring, low into the corner. Rodriguez, making his first start of the season, has a point to prove. He's proved it. 

James Rodriguez
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Espanyol 0-0 Real Madrid

Karim Benzema gets hacked down by Oscar Duarte. The Espanyol defender, who picked up a goal and a red card as Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, collects a yellow here.

Espanyol 0-0 Real Madrid

To prove the point, Espanyol almost take the lead. Javi Lopez delivered a vicious ball from the right; a glance from Leo Baptistao is all it needs, or so it seems. The striker does get a glance, but it's not enough; the ball flies wide.

Espanyol 0-0 Real Madrid

It's becoming a bit of a slog for Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane's selection, dictated partly by illness and injury, partly by the need to keep players fresh for Wednesday's match against Villarreal, is labouring somewhat. 

Zinedine Zidane
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DISALLOWED GOAL

Espanyol 0-0 Real Madrid

Marcelo whips a ball in from the left, and Karim Benzema gets free to head in. No goal, though - the Espanyol offside trap worked to perfection. Close call, but the right call.

Espanyol 0-0 Real Madrid

Toni Kroos checks inside and sends Hernan Perez sliding away into the distance. There's a sight of goal for the Real Madrid substitute, but his 20-yard shot clears the bar.

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Espanyol 0-0 Real Madrid

Andy White: Another game, another suspect away kit. Too much pink and purple these days. On the plus side, it's not as bad as Sunderland's.

Agreed. Sunderland's kit was horrendous.

Espanyol 0-0 Real Madrid

Brilliant footwork and strength from Luka Modric, shaking off challenges and seeking space. He almost gets in after a one-two with Marcelo, but the home defence once again stands firm. Then Marco Asensio seeks a penalty after Victor Sanchez collides with him, but the referee is satisfied that there is no foul.

Luka Modric
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Espanyol 0-0 Real Madrid

Kiko Casilla gathers an Espanyol corner, and the goalkeeper sets up a speedy counter attack with a smart throw. Marco Asensio tries to feed Lucas Vazquez, but the home side get enough players back to deal with the danger.