Espanyol 1-3 Real Madrid: Late Benzema goals gives Los Blancos victory

Espanyol vs Real Madrid
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R Madrid beat Espanyol with a thumping 3-1 victory on Sunday at Rcde Stadium. Espanyol arrived at the match looking pick up points, following a previous defeat to Rayo Vallecano whilst RMA were hoping to increase their winning streak after back-to-back victories against Celta Vigo and Almería. As it stands, Espanyol are currently 16th with 1 point from 3 matches, while RMA sit in 4th, with 6 points from 3.

The first half of the match started favourably for RMA, when Vinicius Junior gave Los Blancos the lead, 12 minutes in. However, their lead was short lived, as Joselu equalised for Budgerigars just before halftime, finishing the first half 1-1.

RMA continued to pile on the pressure in the second and were rewarded, when Karim Benzema gave RMA the lead, at 88 minutes. However they weren’t finished yet and Karim Benzema made it 3-1 just before the final whistle with a final score of 3-1.

Substitutions for Espanyol included Keidi Bare, Nicolas Melamed Ribaudo and Dani Gomez for Vinicius Souza, Javi Puado and Edu Exposito, repectively. RMA brought on Eduardo Camavinga, Rodrygo, Dani Ceballos and Dani Carvajal, to replace Luka Modric, Federico Valverde, Toni Kroos and Lucas Vazquez.

Benjamin Lecomte saw the red card, for Espanyol.

Espanyol will next play Athletic Bilbao away, with RMA facing Real Betis at home.

Technical card:
Espanyol:Benjamin Lecomte, Oscar Regano, Fernando Calero, Leandro Cabrera, Brian Olivan, Ruben Sanchez Saez, Vinicius Souza (Keidi Bare, min.69), Edu Exposito (Dani Gomez, min.89), Sergi Darder, Javi Puado (Nicolas Melamed Ribaudo, min.78) and Joselu
R Madrid:Thibaut Courtois, Lucas Vazquez (Dani Carvajal, min.85), Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, Aurelien Tchouameni, Luka Modric (Eduardo Camavinga, min.58), Toni Kroos (Dani Ceballos, min.80), Federico Valverde (Rodrygo, min.58), Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema
Stadium:Rcde Stadium
Goals:Vinicius Junior (0-1, min. 12), Joselu (1-1, min. 43), Karim Benzema (1-2, min. 88) and Karim Benzema (1-3, min. 90)