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There's the full time whistle - Real Madrid have recorded an impressive victory over Espanyol to move back to within 5 points of Barcelona. Espanyol stay 14th, perilously close to the drop zone.
GOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!! Higuain shows Benzema how it should be done! A long ball from the back from Van der Vaart finds Higuain who controls brilliantly and turns Ruiz inside out - he then rounds the keeper before tucking the ball home - wonderful goal!
Huuuuyyy!! The corner only comes to Javi Marquez who shoots with a powerful left footed volley that fizzes just wide of the post...
Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
Osvaldo does well to get to the byline - he looks to cut it back for a team-mate but Albiol is there to block the ball behind for a corner...
Marcelo feeds Van der Vaart - the Dutchman flicks it to Kaka who shoots first time from 20 yards, but it's a comfortable save for Kameni...
There are five minutes to go plus injury time - for all Espanyol's efforts in this second half, they have not forced Casillas into the same sort of saves that Kameni has had to make at the other end...
Substitution Raúl Rafael van der Vaart
Verdu threatens to break on the counter attack but Alonso makes sure he doesn't by grabbing his shoulder and then his shirt - yellow card...
Yellow Card Xabi Alonso
Espanyol win a corner - the ball comes out to Roncaglia but his shot is wide of the post...
There is a slight irritation in the Bernabeu - the fans want to see los Blancos pouring forward but Espanyol are frustrating the expensively-assembled hosts...
More good build up play from Real Madrid ends with Granero having a shot deflected out for a corner... Higuain blasts an effort over the bar from the set piece...
Lass tries a shot from the edge of the box but it's well blocked - Real Madrid are looking to put the game beyond doubt...
Substitution Karim Benzema Gonzalo Higuaín
Substitution Nicolás Pareja Jordi Amat
Huuuuyyy!!! Nice move from Real Madrid and Granero flicks a cute ball through for the onrushing Arbeloa - the full back tries to chip the ball over Kameni but the ball lands on the roof of the net...
Yellow Card Facundo Roncaglia
Manuel Pellegrini is clearly looking to shore up his midfield - Lass has come on for the more creative Guti...
Substitution Guti Lassana Diarra
Huuuuyyy!!! Javi Marquez has a shot at goal and it flashes just wide of the post...
Marques goes down over Marcelo's outstretched leg and wins a free kick on the right hand side of the area... Espanyol have been poor in the air all night, can they make anything of this though?
Pochettino's decision to bring on Alonso for Coro has certainly paid dividends - Espanyol are threatening the hosts far more often now...
Benzema is through on goal but once again he is flagged offside - replays suggest he was level though...
Osvaldo does a couple of stepovers before cutting inside and bringing a save from Casillas... Espanyol are not out of this game yet...
Substitution Luis García Fernando Marqués
Raul looks to play a long ball over the top for Guti, but it's too long and drifts harmlessly into Kameni's grasp...
Yellow Card Sergio Ramos
Huuuuuyyyy!!!!! Off the post from Kaka - Benzema cut the ball back from the byline and Kaka strikes a shot through two Espanyol defenders but sees his shot come back off the upright and the visitors clear the danger...
Huuuyyy! Marcelo plays a one-two with Kaka before firing a shot across the face of goal - this is better from Real Madrid...
Guti and Raul combine well before the striker plays in Benzema, but the Frenchman is offside...
Huuuuyyy!!! Ivan Alonso gets away from Albiol's challenge and fires a shot at the near post, but Casillas is there and it goes behind for a corner...
Roncaglia centres the ball for Luis Garcia who miskicks his shot - Verdu tries to put the ball back into the danger zone but the move breaks down...
Great movement from Real Madrid - Raul drives the hosts forward and it comes to Kaka, who shoots from a narrow angle and Kameni claims well...
We're underway in the second half - Ivan Alonso has come on for the anonymous Coro at half time...
And there's the half time whistle - it's been 45 minutes of complete domination for Real Madrid. Kameni has kept the visitors in the game, and Pochettino has his work cut out at half time. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half...
Poor play from Benzema there - los Blancos had men over as they looked to hit Espanyol on the counter but the Frenchman had his head down and lost the ball...
Huuuyyy!! Real Madrid can eventually take their corner - it comes to Raul who spins and shoots but it's just over the bar...
Pareja is down - it looked like he caught his foot in the turf after blocking Kaka's cross... the stretcher is on for him.
And another save from Kameni!! Raul's header looked to be going wide but Kameni wasn't to know... Benzema looked to put the rebound in but his effort was off target...
Huuuuyyy!!! Granero goes for goal and Kameni palms the shot behind for a corner...
Granero is fouled on the edge of the box by Marquez - chance for the hosts to add to their lead...
Real Madrid are in complete control of this game, pinning Espanyol in their own half and dominating the aerial battle...
Yellow Card Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
Huuuuuyyy!!!! Great cross from Kaka for Raul to head towards goal, but Kameni acrobatically tips the ball over the bar!
Ruiz concedes a free kick in a dangerous position for a foul on Guti - Granero floats it in but Albiol's header is off target...
The signs aren't good for Espanyol - they haven't scored away from home since September...
Real Madrid look in the mood for some goals tonight - another flowing move from the hosts finds Guti on the edge of the box but Ruiz nicks the ball away just in time...
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLL!!!!!!! 2-0 TO LOS BLANCOS!! Another fantastic ball from Granero comes to a criminally unmarked Raul - Kameni makes an excellent save from the striker's header but he can't do anything as Kaka tucks the rebound into the net!
Huuuuyyy!! The Granero-Ramos combination almost works again from the resulting corner, but the centre back's header is just off target...
Huuuuuyyy!! This time Benzema does feed Kaka, who fires a shot at Kameni and the keeper parries it behind...
Kaka is begging for the ball on the left wing but Benzema decides to shoot from range instead, and he may be wishing he passed it after slicing it well off target...
But the set piece comes to nothing...
More desperate defending from Espanyol as Real Madrid pressure them into mistakes - Kaka takes a shot from the edge of the box but it's deflected out for a corner...
David Garcia puts in a good ball that Ramos leaves and almost allows Osvaldo in, but Casillas claims the ball - lack of concentration there from Ramos...
Real Madrid are enjoying a spell of possession here... the ball comes to Arbeloa on the right wing who crosses for Benzema, but the shot is blocked...
Neither keeper has really had anything to do thus far despite both sides having the ball in promising positions...
David Garcia heads the ball out for a Real Madrid corner... Espanyol don't clear their lines properly as the hosts put several crosses into the box but the danger is eventually cleared...
Benzema goes down in the penalty area but the referee waves away the hosts' claims for a spot kick...
Roncaglia has a chance to put the ball in the box for a team-mate but it's overhit and goes out for a goal kick...
Espanyol have a free kick - it's hoisted into the box but Real Madrid are able to clear... they try to counter with Kaka but Ruiz tackles the Brazilian well...
David Garcia has another shot from long range but it dribbles way wide for a goal kick... Los Blancos are closing Espanyol down well...
The gauntlet had been thrown down by Barcelona as they moved eight points clear earlier, but Real Madrid are clearly up to the challenge!
GOOOOOOOOOLLLLLL!!!!!!!! SERGIO RAMOS!!! Granero whips in an excellent delivery from a free kick and a completely unmarked Ramos heads home into the far corner for an early goal!
Goal Sergio Ramos
David Garcia has the game's first shot from the edge of the box, but it's well wide of Casillas' left hand post...
Hello and welcome to the Santiago Bernabeu for Real Madrid against Espanyol - we're underway!
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