Real Madrid retain La Liga lead with atrocious win over Espanyol
Karim Benzema netted a brace as it looked like Real Madrid would come away with a draw when they visit Espanyol.
The real Madrid arañó his third victory of the season by winning the Espanyol at the RCDE Stadium with two goals from the French Karim Benzema at minute 88 and 100, two goals that broke the tie made by Vinicius (0-1, min.12) and Joselu (1-1, min.43) in the first half.
The Catalans ostensibly improved their version after the break, but in the end the insistence of the French won out on the green. The duel became an exchange of blows and for most of the second half it looked like it was going to end in a draw until the Fête des Gaules.
The real Madrid it took twelve minutes to get ahead on the scoreboard. The attacker precisely defined a provident pass from Tchouaméni, which was increasingly integrated into Ancelotti’s machinery. The Brazilian adjusted the ball at the base of the left post, impossible to reach for Lecomte.
The Espanyol, very intense at the beginning, was now locked in his zone. White was in command and insistently sought to extend the advantage. Vinicius looked at the defense again with an individual run and a shot that deflected the keeper for a corner.
Madrid haven’t given the host an option. Added to Vinicius’ recital are shots from Kroos from outside the area and incursions from Karim Benzema. The Budgies’ defense suffered almost constantly and the arrivals of their offensive plot were almost non-existent.
In any case, the Whites lowered the bar in the closing stages of the first half and the Espanyol He reacted big. After a counter-attack initiated by Rubén Sánchez, Joselu takes a pass from Óscar Gil: he finishes for the first time and Courtois pushes him away, but the striker tries again and makes it 1-1.
After the break, Diego Martínez’s side made it clear, with a game from Puado, that they weren’t settling for a draw. The real Madrid was not comfortable and EspanyolInstead, he seemed very adult. Courtois had to show himself by clearing several shots in a row from inside the box.
Ancelotti made a move: he sat Modric and Valverde down and brought Camavinga and Rodrygo out. The duel turned into an exchange of blows and the visiting team showed their teeth: Karim Benzema forced Lecomte to stretch in the 63rd minute. A few minutes later, in the 66th minute, the VAR canceled a French goal for a close offside.
The duel was totally broken. Although the real Madrid arrived with greater danger, with Vinicius and the Frenchman as the main axes, the Espanyol also, although with less precision, he worried the madridista defense.
In any case, it was the Ancelotti who made the most of this scenario. Benzema, again, scored in the 88th minute after a pass from Rodrygo, leaving the Blue and Whites without an option. In injury time, Lecomte was sent off after a foul on Ceballos, and the Frenchman scored again from a direct free kick with Uruguayan defender Leandro Cabrera under the sticks as he was unable to replace the goalkeeper.
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