Goals and Highlights: Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid in 2020 La Liga
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5:57 PM2 years ago
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5:56 PM2 years ago

Full Time | Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

In a very closed game, Real Madrid was able to win thanks to a genius play from Benzema. They're now top of the league, two points ahead of Barcelona.
5:54 PM2 years ago


Real Madrid doing everything possible to keep the ball away from their goal in the last few minutes.

They continue playing in Espanyol's half, but without creating danger or ending the play with a shot.

5:51 PM2 years ago


Four minutes of added time for the match.
5:48 PM2 years ago


On the set pieces play, Calleri is just a few inches away from heading the ball in and equalizing it.
5:47 PM2 years ago


Vinicius carded for a late challenge on Melendo.
5:45 PM2 years ago

83' | Espanyol Substitution

Lozano replaces David López.
5:44 PM2 years ago


Rodrygo goes for goal, but he's well-marked by Pedrosa and the ball is deflected away from danger.
5:39 PM2 years ago


The game resumes after the hydration break.
5:38 PM2 years ago


The game pauses once more for a final cooling break.
5:35 PM2 years ago


Espanyol with a great build-up play. The play ends with a shot from López caught by Courtois.
5:30 PM2 years ago

69' | Espanyol Substitutions

Calleri and Melamed come on instead of Embarba and Darder.
5:28 PM2 years ago


Pedrosa cautioned after a strong challenge on Carbajal.
5:26 PM2 years ago


De Tomas goes for goal from a free-kick, but Courtois handles it well.
5:24 PM2 years ago

63' | Real Madrid Substitutions

Hazard and Isco are replaced by Vinicius and Rodrygo.
5:18 PM2 years ago

57' | Espanyol Substitution

Wu Lei is replaced by Melendo.
5:16 PM2 years ago


Kroos attempts a shot, but it's off-target.
5:11 PM2 years ago


From a very tight angle, Benzema is able to get a shot in towards the near post, but Diego López is well-positioned to make the save.
5:09 PM2 years ago


Courtois makes a good save to a first-touch shot by Wu Lei.
5:07 PM2 years ago

45' | Espanyol Substitution

Didac is replaced by Pedrosa.
5:06 PM2 years ago

45' | Second Half Begins

We're underway with the last 45 minutes of the match.
5:04 PM2 years ago

Casemiro's goal for the 1-0 after a terrific assist by Benzema


4:49 PM2 years ago

Half Time | Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid

After a genius play from Benzema to assist Casemiro, Real Madrid wins at the break.
4:47 PM2 years ago

45' | Real Madrid GOOOOOOOOAL!

Benzema receives the ball inside the box and then makes an amazing assist with his heel.

Casemiro scores with an open goal to put Real Madrid in front.

4:45 PM2 years ago


On multiple occasions, Diego López gets an arm on the ball to save Espanyol from the first goal of the match.
4:41 PM2 years ago


The game continues to be a very hard-fought one. Both offensives lacking clarity to create chances.
4:37 PM2 years ago


Benzema with a tremendous shot, but Diego López gets fingertips on it to send it to a corner kick.
4:33 PM2 years ago


The game resumes after the cooling break.
4:32 PM2 years ago


The game pauses for a hydration break.
4:31 PM2 years ago


Header by Sergio Ramos straight at López's hands.
4:28 PM2 years ago


Wu Lei with a good chance to go through on goal, but he's stopped by Sergio Ramos.

The referee says there's no foul on the play.

4:26 PM2 years ago


Wu Lei with a decent attempt that goes over the crossbar, but the referee had already signaled for an off-side.
4:25 PM2 years ago


Very long ball from Casemiro looking for Isco that would leave him one on one with the keeper, but he fails to make a good control and another chance is wasted.
4:21 PM2 years ago


From a free-kick on the right, Courtois is tested.

The Belgian keeper has to wait until the last minute to see if anybody deflects the ball and then makes a great diving save.

4:20 PM2 years ago


The Whites continue to pressure up high with Espanyol struggling to leave their own half.

Despite the larger possession of the ball, Zidane's men haven't been able to get a dangerous shot on target.

4:15 PM2 years ago


Real Madrid has taken control of the match.

From a corner kick, they manage to head the ball twice inside the box but Casemiro is unable to finish it properly.

4:11 PM2 years ago


Casemiro finds a rebound inside the box and tries going for goal with a powerful shot.

Ramos tries heading it in as the shot was off-target, but the attempt ends up being too high. A good chance goes to waste.

4:09 PM2 years ago


Casemiro shoots from over 40 yards trying to surprise Diego López, but the former Real Madrid keeper responds well.
4:04 PM2 years ago


First clear chance of the match for Espanyol.

Wu Lei runs down the right flank and crosses it. At the far post, Darder shoots, but the ball takes a deflection.

4:02 PM2 years ago


Embarba tries his luck from a long-range free-kick, but Courtois handles it well.
4:01 PM2 years ago

0' | Kick-Off!

We're underway with the match between Espanyol and Real Madrid.
3:59 PM2 years ago
Both teams have stepped onto the pitch and we're ready for the kick-off!
3:58 PM2 years ago
We're less than 5 minutes from the start of the match!

Don't go anywhere!

3:51 PM2 years ago
The home team is ready for the start of the match as they've just finished their warm-up


3:40 PM2 years ago
Ferland Mendy and Luka Modric are both unavailable for tonight's match as they're suspended for one match after accumulating five yellow cards.
3:33 PM2 years ago
If Thibaut Courtois manages to keep a clean sheet tonight, Real Madrid will be top of the table.

A draw places them with the same points as Barcelona but in better position due to the tie-breaking criteria, while a win would mean a two-point lead over their historic rivals.

3:23 PM2 years ago

The Real Madrid warm-up stream is LIVE!

3:19 PM2 years ago

Real Madrid: Starting XI

Courtois; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde; Isco, Hazard, Benzema.

3:18 PM2 years ago

RCD Espanyol: Starting XI

Diego López; Bernardo, Víctor Gómez, Cabrera, Dídac; Embarba, Roca, Darder, David López; Wu Lei, De Tomas.


3:06 PM2 years ago
The home team also made its arrival to the venue of tonight's match hoping to get some points against a really difficult Madrid side.

Will the debuting coach Rufete be able to get the w?

3:05 PM2 years ago
Real Madrid arrived a few minutes ago to RCD Stadium. The players are now in the locker room getting ready for their warm-ups and for the start of the match.

3:03 PM2 years ago

LIVE Coverage Begins

We begin our LIVE coverage of the game between Espanyol and Real Madrid.

We're an hour away from kick-off. Starting lineups are coming soon.

11:33 AM2 years ago

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11:32 AM2 years ago

Real Madrid: Predicted Lineup

Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema, Hazard.
11:31 AM2 years ago

Espanyol: Predicted Lineup

Diego López; Bernardo, David López, Cabrera; Pedrosa, Pipa; Marc Roca, Melendo, Embarba; Calleri, Raúl De Tomas.
11:30 AM2 years ago
The last victory of Espanyol over Real Madrid came in the second half of the 2017/2018 season, when they managed to walk away with the three points thanks to Gerard Moreno's goal in the 93rd minute.
11:28 AM2 years ago

Last Meeting in Barcelona

On their last visit to Cornellà, Zidane's men managed to get a comfortable victory by 4 goals to 2, although at that time they were coached by Santiago Solari.

The first half ended with 4 goals: 3 from Madrid by Benzema and Ramos; and 1 by Leo Baptistao for the parakeets.

In the second half, Bale scored the fourth for Real Madrid and Roberto Rosales scored a second for Espanyol.

11:26 AM2 years ago

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11:25 AM2 years ago

Real Madrid in excellent form

Espanyol's disaster contrasts sharply with Real Madrid's good form. The Merengues lead the competition having chained 4 wins out of 4 possible after the re-start of La Liga.

Zidane's men will try to take advantage of Barcelona's draw against Celta de Vigo yesterday by winning tonight. A victory would place them on top of the table, two points ahead of their rivals with only six games to go.

11:20 AM2 years ago

New Coach for Espanyol

Espanyol will host Real Madrid without Abelardo who has been dismissed as the head coach due to the poor results.

His balance was of 5 wins, 5 draws, and 7 losses. The 1-0 defeat at the Villamarín was the straw that broke the camel's back. As of today, Espanyol is bottom of the table, 8 points away from getting out of relegation zone, and will certainly be playing in the second division next year.

Francisco Rufete, former Espanyol player and who had been working as a sporting director, will be the one who sits on the bench in the duel against the Whites.

11:13 AM2 years ago
The RCD Espanyol vs Real Madrid match will be played at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, in Barcelona, Spain. The kick-off is scheduled at 4 pm ET/ 1 pm PT.


11:09 AM2 years ago

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