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Primera División

  • October 2, 2011
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • RCDE Stadium, Cornella de Llobregat
  • Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 38000

Live Commentary

  • Game over. Comfortable win for Madrid. Three from Gonzalo Higuain, one for Callejon, and Espanyol simply had no answer.
  • 90' + 2'
    Easy breezy for Madrid. Seemed to be coasting all along and Espanyol tried to put up a fight but just didn't have the firepower to do it. Maybe a minute of action left in this.
  • 89'
    Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
  • 89'
    Higuain for a third!!!! YES!!! There it is. The hat-trick for Gonzalo Higuain and maybe he's earned his way back into a full-time starting spot.
  • 88'
    Late corner for Espanyol. Nothing comes of it.
  • 86'
    Save forced out of Iker, pushes it wide of the mark.
  • 84'
    SubstitutionKaká Esteban Granero
  • 83'
    No way back for Espanyol now. Too much on the counter. Once Madrid has you down, it's hard to find a way back. If you have to press against that club or Barcelona, it simply opens up too much space, and 1 v 1 the players at those clubs are just too good.
  • 82'
    Assist Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 82'
    Goal José Callejón
  • 82'
    Break on for Ronaldo!!! GOAL!!! It's Callejon from Ronaldo. Good goal. Real Madrid is lethal on the break.
  • 80'
    Yellow Card Vladimir Weiss
  • 78'
    Callejon on the pitch to face his former team. Exciting player for Madrid but just not part of the regular setup. Good service for Ronaldo and it was just out of reach. Plays it back across to Marcelo and he puts it over the top.
  • 77'
    SubstitutionMesut Özil José Callejón
  • 75'
    Madrid having to scrap a bit now on the defensive end. Espanyol really trying to find a goal and taking the game at Madrid.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionRomaric Alfonso
  • 73'
    Ozil down on the pitch.
  • 72'
    Weiss with a hit for Espanyol. If there is a way back, you feel it's through him, but he just pushed a glorious chance past the post.
  • 71'
    SubstitutionLassana Diarra Sami Khedira
  • 70'
    Ronaldo now, trying to pour salt in the wound but got caught between the shot and the cross.
  • 68'
    SubstitutionJavi Márquez J. Dátolo
  • 68'
    That should just about do it. Nothing Espanyol has done today shows that the club can get back into this match.
  • 66'
    Assist Arbeloa
  • 66'
    Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
  • 66'
    And it's 2-0!! What a hit from Higuain!!! Just mashed it into the top corner, on the run, great ball but the finish is the story. 2-0.
  • 64'
    Ronaldo nearly caught the defense napping. One man was alert, and that's all it took, but Madrid still has a corner... nothing comes of it though.
  • 62'
    Second corner still not cleared. A sustained bit of pressure, but it goes away as the ball drifts out for a goalkick.
  • 61'
    Espanyol pushing the play. Earned a corner, could be dangerous.... leads to another corner.
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Lassana Diarra
  • 59'
    Weiss on for Espanyol, fun player to watch, but his first action leaves something to be desired.
  • 56'
    SubstitutionThievy Bifoum Vladimir Weiss
  • 56'
    Romaric with a hit for Espanyol, pulled it wide. Again though, good attacking play.
  • 54'
    Madrid now, knocking the ball around in Espanyol's half, looking for a way through. Ronaldo's shot earns a corner.
  • 53'
    Give Espanyol credit. Pushing forward, giving Madrid some problems. We didn't we enough of this in the first half. Good tackle from Lass there to win the ball back for Madrid.
  • 51'
    Ronaldo tries his luck, pulls it well wide of the mark
  • 50'
    Stoppage in play. Lass with a card coming his way. Looked like he stamped on an Espanyol player.
  • 48'
    Madrid starting this half much like the first. Plenty of the ball, not doing a lot with it.
  • 46'
    Back under way after the break.
  • Slow going. Not sure how pleased Jose Mourinho will be with that half. Madrid dominated most of the ball, but no real cutting edge against a side that seemed plenty willing to sit back. The one goal came on a clinical counter, Kaka, Ronaldo, Higuain and before you blink the ball is in the net, but not nearly enough of that fast paced play going on.
  • 45'
    One minute of stoppage in a rather tame half.
  • 44'
    Espanyol coming into the match a bit more in the late going of the half, forcing Madrid to do some real defending.
  • 41'
    Really not a ton to talk about. Good first half from Madrid. Plenty of the ball, not much end product. Espanyol is taking some pop-shots from deep, looking for a breakthrough. And as I say that there's a real chance for Sergio Garcia. Breaks in behind, takes on the shot, pulls it at the far post and forces a save out of Casillas.
  • 34'
    Good run for Espanyol there, best of the half.
  • 31'
    Yellow Card Romaric
  • 29'
    Yellow Card Javier López Rodríguez
  • 29'
    Two crunching tackles from Espanyol in a row. Madrid with a free kick now but maybe not the best position.
  • 26'
    Ronaldo trying to go solo. Nothing doing, Espanyol with plenty of cover.
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Thievy Bifoum
  • 23'
    Madrid very much on top here. Espanyol has had some flashes, and nearly another right there.
  • 19'
    Espanyol not going out lightly. Another chance, this time for Marquez, but Casillas comes up with the save.
  • 17'
    Assist Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 17'
    Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
  • 17'
    GOAL!!!! Real Madrid. From near disaster to pure class in a matter of moments. Ronaldo picks out Higuain, and no mistake on the finish.
  • 16'
    San Iker was nearly made to look the fool right there. Shot from way out, and he was caught off his line. Missed by inches. Madrid might want to be a bit more careful now.
  • 14'
    Kaka nearly picked out Higuain there with a nifty little ball. Cleared well by Espanyol.
  • 13'
    Same story. Espanyol pushed deep in its own half, trying not to give anything up.
  • 10'
    Lot of control for Madrid right now. No goals, but Espanyol is struggling to get a touch of the ball.
  • 6'
    Kaka ghosting around players, wins a corner for his side but nothing comes of it.
  • 5'
    Sergio Garcia blow one up over the top of goal. Espanyol's first real look at anything resembling a chance.
  • 3'
    Oh my.. Ronaldo just had a go and it ended up banging off the post. Nothing into something and it was nearly 1-0 Madrid. Nice job by the keeper to beat it away.
  • 2'
    Espanyol pinging it around nicely to open the match.
  • 1'
    And we're off.
  • Not long to go now. Plenty of attacking options on show for Madrid. Good to see Kaka back in form - still one of the best around in my opinion when he's on his game.
  • A few surprises in the lineup for Madrid tonight. Lass slides into the middle, that's the biggest, but with the injury problems we'll also see Higuain starting up top.
  • Still about 15 minutes to the opening touch of the match but welcome in to's live commentary of Real Madrid's trip to Espanyol. Good match on hand for you and we'll be here to take you through it.