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Real Madrid 6-0 Espanyol

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo has 19 La Liga goals for the season

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed Espanyol to cut the gap between themselves and La Liga leaders Barcelona to four points.

Real scored three goals in the first 16 minutes, with Karim Benzema heading the first from a James Rodriguez cross.

Ronaldo then added a penalty before Rodriguez scored with a deflected shot.

Ronaldo made it 4-0 by half-time with a fizzing effort before completing his hat-trick with a header, which was followed by a Oscar Duarte own goal.

Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema's early header was his 18th La Liga goal of the season

With Rodriguez filling in for the injured Gareth Bale in Real's front three, Espanyol were ripped apart.

Ronaldo was the star as he moved level with Barcelona's Luis Suarez - on 19 goals - in the race to be La Liga's leading scorer.

From Deepdale to despair

It was a testing debut for Espanyol's new goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis, signed on loan from Watford during the week.

The Lithuania international faced England in a Euro 2016 qualifier in October, but his only previous start at club level this season was for the Hornets in a Capital One Cup defeat at Preston in August.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Giedrius Arlauskis
Giedrius Arlauskis was beaten three times in the first 16 minutes of his Espanyol debut

Arlauskis saved well from Ronaldo's early free-kick and could not be blamed for Real's three quick goals.

He also got a hand to Ronaldo's shot for his second goal, but the Portugal international's dazzling footwork deserved reward as he bamboozled the visiting defence to create space to score.

The goal rout ended when Costa Rica international Duarte turned Jese's low cross into his own net.

What next?

Both teams are in La Liga action next Sunday, with Real Madrid visiting relegation-threatened Granada, while Espanyol host Real Sociedad.


Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Navas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 2Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19ModricSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 63'minutes
  • 8KroosSubstituted forCasemiroat 70'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 22Isco
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forVázquezat 75'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo


  • 6Nacho
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Casemiro
  • 16Kovacic
  • 18Vázquez
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 23Danilo


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Arlauskis
  • 16López RodríguezBooked at 42mins
  • 22González SoberónBooked at 77mins
  • 6Roco
  • 3DuarteSubstituted forFuentes Hernándezat 45'minutes
  • 4Sánchez MataSubstituted forGonzález Casanovaat 57'minutes
  • 12DiopBooked at 37mins
  • 17Arsensio PérezBooked at 11mins
  • 19Jordán Moreno
  • 8Sevilla LópezSubstituted forDuarteat 45'minutes
  • 28Sylla DialloBooked at 42mins


  • 10González Casanova
  • 11Montañés Claverías
  • 13López
  • 14Cañas Ruiz Herrera
  • 15Ciani
  • 18Fuentes Hernández
  • 24Duarte
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 6, Espanyol 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 6, Espanyol 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jesé (Real Madrid).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Enzo Roco.

  7. Post update

    Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Abraham (Espanyol).

  9. Goal!

    Own Goal by Óscar Duarte, Espanyol. Real Madrid 6, Espanyol 0.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joan Jordán (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Booking

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

  14. Post update

    Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

  15. Post update

    Javi López (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Real Madrid 5, Espanyol 0. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jesé.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Abraham (Espanyol) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Álvaro González with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Foul by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).

  19. Post update

    Pape Diop (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Hand ball by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 31st January 2016

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