Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid as James Rodriguez magical goal just before break put Madrid in lead, Real Madrid visiting Espanyol and they were without Ronaldo and Bale while Casemiro also limped off in first 20 minutes or so. Espanyol played some great football most of the first half but they failed to score on several chances made available for them. Just when it looked like both teams will go into the break at 0-0, James Rodriguez produced moment of magic to score the first goal for Real Madrid after some neat footwork to beat couple of players and scoring with a low hard finish past keeper.
Rodriguez has scored more goals from outside the box than any other midfielder in Europe’s top five leagues since 2014-2015. Real Madrid beat Espanyol for a record-equalling 16th consecutive win in Spain’s top division and moved three points clear at the top of La Liga. Goals from James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema gave them the win that matches the run of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side in the 2010-2011 season. Real, without Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo for the trip to the Cornella-El Prat stadium, made it four wins from four this season.
Espanyol 0 – 2 Real Madrid La Liga Match Highlights
- 45′ 0 – 1 James Rodriguez produced individual brilliance to beat couple of players before unleashing a low hard drive past Espanyol keeper to put Real Madrid 1-0 up just before the break. Cruel for Espanyol who played superb football forst best part of first 45 minutes.
- 71′ 0 – 2 Karim Benzema scores after the break to settle the game.
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