Spanish La Liga
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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.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

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

Substitutes

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

Espanyol

  • 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

Substitutes

  • 10González Casanova
  • 11Montañés Claverías
  • 13López
  • 14Cañas Ruiz Herrera
  • 15Ciani
  • 18Fuentes Hernández
  • 24Duarte
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Attendance:
65,768

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamEspanyol
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home18
Away15
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away1
Fouls
Home20
Away20

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 6, Espanyol 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 6, Espanyol 0.

Hand ball by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).

Foul by Jesé (Real Madrid).

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

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Enzo Roco.

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

Foul by Abraham (Espanyol).

Goal!

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

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

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

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

Booking

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

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

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

Goal!

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

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.

Foul by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).

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

Hand ball by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).

Booking

Álvaro González (Espanyol) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jesé (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Álvaro González (Espanyol).

Attempt missed. Pape Diop (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Hernán Pérez.

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

Attempt blocked. Mamadou Sylla (Espanyol) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hernán Pérez.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces Karim Benzema.

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

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

Attempt saved. Abraham (Espanyol) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Offside, Real Madrid. Casemiro tries a through ball, but Jesé is caught offside.

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Álvaro González (Espanyol).

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Mamadou Sylla (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Casemiro replaces Toni Kroos.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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