Produced one fine save to keep out a vicious curler from Coutinho, but was otherwise a spectator in the Madrid goal.
Left with little to do defensively, the Brazilian operated almost as an extra winger down the left and was quick to feed possession to Cristiano Ronaldo. Some good runs and one or two dangerous crosses, but missing the final ball.
Given some problems by the pace of Alvaro early on, but was solid as per usual and supported his teammates with some positive runs down the right flank. Set up Higuain for one decent opening.
One poor back pass almost let in Alvaro Vazquez and the Portuguese defender also picked up a booking. Still looks off the pace and was replaced at the break by Varane.
Solid as he has been lately, but was hardly needed as Madrid dominated. Made one excellent clearance with a diving header in his box just before halftime. Kept Madrid organized in the absence of Pepe.
A vintage showing from the Brazilian, who made some wonderful runs down the channels, scored a fine goal and created two more for Higuain. Could have scored earlier in the game as well, when he saw his fierce drive saved by Casilla.
Outstanding in central midfield as he and Xabi controlled possession in the center of the park. Also bagged his first league goal for Madrid with a lovely low finish for 2-0 in a move in which he had earlier participated. Good passing as well.
Good passing and defensive work from the Basque midfielder, although his performance was more steady than stand-out. Great partnership with Khedira and did very little wrong.
Another excellent display from the German, who played his part in Cristiano Ronaldo's opener and assisted Khedira for the second. Also set up Higuain for a wonderful chance and could have scored himself. A constant danger before he was replaced after 69 minutes by Callejon.
Has been off form of late and it looked as if his woes would continue as he missed two wonderful chances, but he persevered and was rewarded with two goals of his own as well as two assists - one for Ronaldo and one for Kaka. A great way to answer his critics.
Put Madrid ahead with a fine finish as he slid a slow shot into the corner from an awkward standing position and played a part in the second as well. Set up Higuain for a wonderful chance which the Argentine should have buried and missed a good chance himself late on. Participative and constantly dangerous, he now has 30 Liga goals.
Made wonderful saves to deny Kaka, Higuain and Morata, but was on a hiding to nothing as his side defended woefully. Let in five, but he wasn't at fault for those and without him, Espanyol would have been beaten by a far greater scoreline.
Did well to cut out a Khedira cross after 21 minutes, but gifted the ball to Madrid as the locals went a goal up and was caught out of position on several occasions. Very disappointing.
Usually a threat going forward but was largely restricted in this game because Espanyol were very much on the back foot. Given a torrid time by Kaka, Ozil and Higuain, but was better of the two full-backs and used his pace to get him out of trouble on many occasions.
His role was to protect the back four, and he found himself playing as an extra defender at times. But even then, Madrid found their way through at will. Put in a shift defensively, but wasn't able to bring the ball out of defence to start any attacks for the visitors.
A very poor display from the full back, who was beaten at will by Ronaldo and Kaka down the left. Dispossessed Cristiano once early on, but even that looked like a foul and he didn't do anything right after that.
Did better than his central defensive partner and did well to force Kaka wide on one occasion when the Brazilian looked likely to score, but was ultimately unable to cope with Madrid's pace on the break and was left exposed at the back.
Tried his luck with a long-range effort early on which he dragged well wide. Made a good interception to dispossess Kaka outside the box but gave away several free kicks in dangerous areas around the area. Not much of a threat at the other end.
A few flashes of inspiration as he buzzed around the Madrid box, but was starved of possession and wasteful when he did have the ball.
Usually the creative fulcrum in midfield for Espanyol, Verdu wasn't given enough time on the ball and spent most of the evening on the back foot. Some decent distribution but didn't see enough of the possession.
One curling shot from outside the box which produced an excellent save from Casillas and an impressive flick over Carvalho's head. But little else. Replaced at the interval.
Looked lively early on and almost latched onto a poor Carvalho backpass in the first half. Showed signs that he may be a threat with his pace but faded and was replaced at the interval, perhaps due to an injury.
- 13 Adán
Came on in the second half, gave away one free-kick in a dangerous area but slotted in seamlessly alongside Ramos.
- 18 Albiol
- 11 Granero
- 24 L. Diarra
Came on for the last 20 minutes against his former club but didn't have much of an impression despite his enthusiasm.
The youngster came on for the last 10 minutes after the crowd had called for his introduction. And he almost scored close to the end as Casillas denied him with a fine save.
- 50 Edgar Badía
Came on for the injured Raul Rodriguez but his introduction didn't really improve Espanyol.
- 42 Cristian Gómez
Came on to offer more protection but didn't make much difference.
- 39 T. Bifouma
- 12 K. Uche
Held up the ball well after coming on as a substitute at the break, but missed one good chance when his volley was off target and was rarely seen after that.