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Real Madrid 3-0 Espanyol

Gareth Bale
Bale scored Real's second goal with a free-kick

Spanish leaders Real Madrid returned to winning ways with a routine home victory over Espanyol, despite playing for almost 40 minutes with 10 men.

Following back-to-back defeats against Valencia and Atletico Madrid, Real responded quickly as £71m signing James Rodriguez stroked in from 15 yards.

Gareth Bale curled in a 20-yard free-kick, off the post, to double the lead.

Left-back Fabio Coentrao was sent off for a sliding tackle but it mattered little as Nacho slotted in the third.

Carlo Ancelotti's side are four points clear of nearest rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, with at least one of those sides poised to drop points when they meet in Catalonia on Sunday.

Real, who will have played a match fewer than their title rivals after the Nou Camp clash, have taken control of La Liga on the back of 12 successive wins.

Last Sunday's 2-1 defeat at fourth-placed Valencia ended their Spanish record run of 22 victories in all competitions, before they tumbled to another loss at neighbours Atletico in the Copa del Rey.

However, Italian boss Ancelotti insisted there was no cause for concern - and so it proved against mid-table Espanyol.

Rodriguez finished a classy move which saw Cristiano Ronaldo instantly pull back Bale's sublime cross-field pass into the Colombia midfielder's path.

Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla was rooted to his spot as Bale whipped in the second, before Portugal defender Coentrao was harshly shown a red card after lunging into a 50-50 tackle.

But Espanyol could not take advantage of their extra man, with Spain defender Nacho drilling in Alvaro Arbeloa's left-wing cross at the far post for the third.

Real Madrid
A minute's silence was held at the Bernabeu for the victims of this week's Paris terror attacks
Real Madrid v Espanyol
Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla could only stand and watch as Gareth Bale converted his 12th goal of the season
Real Madrid v Espanyol
Home-grown defender Nacho, 24, netted his first competitive goal for Madrid

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Varane
  • 5da Silva CoentrãoBooked at 53mins
  • 23Isco
  • 8KroosSubstituted forKhediraat 81'minutes
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forNachoat 54'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forIllarramendiat 63'minutes
  • 7Cristiano RonaldoBooked at 53mins

Substitutes

  • 6Khedira
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 24Illarramendi

Espanyol

  • 13Casilla
  • 23ArbillaBooked at 70mins
  • 19Colotto
  • 22González Soberón
  • 18Fuentes HernándezBooked at 27mins
  • 4Sánchez MataBooked at 58minsSubstituted forLuque Condeat 62'minutes
  • 28Jordán MorenoSubstituted forStuaniat 68'minutes
  • 14Canas Ruiz Herrera
  • 24Montañés ClaveríasBooked at 76mins
  • 9García de la FuenteSubstituted forGonzález Casanovaat 82'minutes
  • 20Caicedo

Substitutes

  • 7Fernández Iglesias
  • 8Stuani
  • 10González Casanova
  • 15Moreno
  • 16López Rodríguez
  • 25López
  • 32Luque Conde
Referee:
David Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
69,600

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamEspanyol
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home18
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Espanyol 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Espanyol 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Christian Stuani (Espanyol).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

  6. Post update

    Luque (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Felipe Caicedo (Espanyol) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Abraham.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sami Khedira (Real Madrid).

  9. Post update

    Álvaro González (Espanyol) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Felipe Caicedo (Espanyol).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Felipe Caicedo (Espanyol).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Fuentes (Espanyol).

  15. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Espanyol. Abraham replaces Sergio García.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Sami Khedira replaces Toni Kroos.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Kiko Casilla.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

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