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Played
January 21, 2014 3:00 PM EST
Estadi Cornellà-El Prat — Cornella de Llobregat
Referee:‬ Clos Gómez‎
Attendance:‬ 18050‎
 
 
Top of the Match
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Real Madrid
Luka Modric
Luka Modric
Real Madrid
Flop of the Match
Lanzarote
Lanzarote
Espanyol
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid

Espanyol 0-1 Real Madrid: Benzema gives Los Blancos first-leg lead

The visitors were the better side from start to finish and a strike from the France striker was their reward in the Copa del Rey clash.

Karim Benzema scored to give Real Madrid a 1-0 win over Espanyol in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal.

France striker Benzema scored what proved to be the crucial goal after 25 minutes, but Carlo Ancelotti's men will be disappointed not to have secured a healthier advantage after spurning a number of excellent chances.

Espanyol created the first clear-cut opportunity after 18 minutes as Portuguese attacker Pizzi blazed over the bar from close range. That near-miss appeared to spark Madrid into life, and three minutes later Cristiano Ronaldo turned brilliantly on the edge of the area, only to see his low shot hit the post.

The visitors did take the lead shortly after, as Benzema found the back of the net with a diving header after Gareth Bale had flicked Alvaro Arbeloa's right-wing cross into his path.

The visitors could have pulled clear before the interval, but Benzema and Bale were denied by strong saves from Espanyol keeper Kiko Casilla.

Espanyol started the second half brightly and almost leveled after 54 minutes with a fine curling effort from forward Sergio Garcia.

However, Los Blancos would have put the tie beyond doubt if not for the brilliance of Casilla, who raced off his line to thwart Angel Di Maria following a fine ball from Marcelo, before also preventing Arbeloa and Benzema from finding a second.

For all of the visitors' dominance, the visitors were grateful to goalkeeper Iker Casillas for preserving their lead.

The Spain international produced an excellent one-on-one save to keep out a strike from substitute Jhon Cordoba six minutes from the end, on a night when the 32-year-old broke his own record for minutes played without conceding a goal, which now stands at 592.

Madrid hosts the second leg at the Bernabeu next Tuesday.

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Espanyol

13
Kiko Casilla
Goalkeeper
4.00
3
2.50
6
Sidnei
Defender
3.00
11
Joan Capdevila
Defender
2.50
15
Héctor Moreno
Defender
3.00
4
2.00
12
Lanzarote
Striker
46′
2.00
23
Abraham
Midfielder
91′
3.00
25
Gabriel Torje
Midfielder
76′
2.00
9
4.00
9
Pizzi
Striker
89′
2.50

Real Madrid

4.00
1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
3.50
3
Pepe
Defender
3.50
4
3.00
12
Marcelo
Defender
4.00
17
Arbeloa
Defender
3.50
11
Gareth Bale
Midfielder
25′ 91′
4.00
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
3.50
22
3.50
24
3.50
7
4.00
9

Substitutes

1
Germán
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
 - 
19
 - 
22
3.00
8
Stuani
Striker
89′
 - 
24
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
25
 - 
15
 - 
18
 - 
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
73′
 - 
23
Isco
Midfielder
77′
 - 
21
Morata
Striker
 - 
20

Coach/Manager

-
2.50

Coach/Manager

3.50
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
5 0
Cesc Fàbregas Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
Barcelona
4 1
Ángel Di María Ángel Di María
Midfielder
Real Madrid
4 1
Raúl García Raúl García
Midfielder
Atlético de Madrid
4 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
3 2