Real Madrid 1-0 Espanyol: Hosts move top of La Liga after laboured win

Real Madrid's Marco Asensio points to the sky after scoring against Espanyol

Real Madrid moved top of La Liga after Marco Asensio’s VAR-awarded strike proved enough to beat Espanyol.

Asensio drilled in a low shot just before the break when Luka Modric’s effort deflected into his path, with the goal given after a lengthy review.

Borja Iglesias hit the crossbar for the spirited visitors with a deft chip.

Former Real keeper Diego Lopez made a fine save to deny Sergio Ramos late on in an otherwise stilted performance by the hosts at the Bernabeu.

Victory takes Julen Lopetegui’s side above rivals Barcelona, who can retake the top spot with a draw or victory against Girona on Sunday.

Espanyol drop to sixth following Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 win over Getafe earlier on Saturday.

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Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 25Courtois
  • 19Odriozola
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 6NachoBooked at 6mins
  • 10Modric
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 77mins
  • 24CeballosSubstituted forVázquezat 63'minutes
  • 22IscoSubstituted forLlorenteat 79'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMarianoat 60'minutes
  • 20Asensio

Substitutes

  • 1Navas
  • 7Mariano
  • 11Bale
  • 12Marcelo
  • 15Valverde
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Llorente

Espanyol

  • 13López
  • 16López RodríguezBooked at 45mins
  • 5Gomes Pereira
  • 22Hermoso
  • 12Vilá
  • 21RocaBooked at 26mins
  • 17PérezSubstituted forGarcíaat 70'minutes
  • 10DarderSubstituted forSánchezat 55'minutes
  • 23Granero
  • 19PiattiSubstituted forBaptistaoat 55'minutes
  • 7Iglesias

Substitutes

  • 1Jiménez
  • 4Sánchez
  • 6Duarte
  • 8Rosales
  • 9García
  • 11Baptistao
  • 14Melendo
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
67,658

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamEspanyol
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home19
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home5
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 1, Espanyol 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Espanyol 0.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Víctor Sánchez (Espanyol).

Foul by Marcos Llorente (Real Madrid).

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

Hand ball by Esteban Granero (Espanyol).

Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dídac Vilá (Espanyol).

Attempt saved. Marcos Llorente (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mariano.

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

Attempt blocked. Leo Baptistao (Espanyol) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Borja Iglesias.

Attempt missed. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Mariano.

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leo Baptistao (Espanyol).

Attempt missed. Javi López (Espanyol) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Esteban Granero following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Marcos Llorente replaces Isco.

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Attempt blocked. Esteban Granero (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

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

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

Borja Iglesias (Espanyol) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Diego López.

Attempt saved. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Espanyol. Sergio García replaces Hernán Pérez.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Marc Roca.

Attempt blocked. Mariano (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Marc Roca (Espanyol) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Borja Iglesias (Espanyol) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt saved. Borja Iglesias (Espanyol) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leo Baptistao.

Corner, Espanyol. Conceded by Casemiro.

Attempt blocked. Borja Iglesias (Espanyol) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Diego López.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces Dani Ceballos.

Offside, Real Madrid. Marco Asensio tries a through ball, but Luka Modric is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Mario Hermoso.

Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Isco.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Mariano replaces Karim Benzema.

Attempt missed. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dani Ceballos.

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