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Played
May 11, 2013 9:00 PM BST
Estadi Cornellà-El Prat — Cornella de Llobregat
Referee:‬ Ignacio Iglesias‎
Attendance:‬ 30023‎
 
23′ Stuani
Top of the Match
Stuani
Stuani
Espanyol
Sergio García
Sergio García
Espanyol
Flop of the Match
Morata
Morata
Real Madrid CF
Morata
Morata
Real Madrid CF

Espanyol 1-1 Real Madrid: Mediocre Merengues hand Barcelona Liga title

Jose Mourinho's men were in sluggish form as they laboured to a disappointing draw in the Catalan capital

By Tom Webber

Gonzalo Higuain - Real Madrid
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Real Madrid conceded the Liga championship to Barcelona after failing to beat the Catalan team's city-rivals Espanyol in a 1-1 draw at the Cornella-El Prat.

With one eye on the Copa del Rey final, Jose Mourinho named a weakened side and they fell behind to los Periquitos midway through the first half when Christian Stuani broke the deadlock. Gonzalo Higuain equalised before the hour mark but Madrid failed to turn possession into goals, leaving with just one point and thus gifting the title to Barca.

In a low-key start to proceedings, an Angel di Maria effort that was comfortably saved by Kiko Casilla in the 11th minute was the only real effort on target during the early exchanges.

It seemed as though the slow start had dulled the wits of los Blancos and in the 23rd minute they conceded the game's first goal.

Sergio Garcia stopped Joan Verdu's corner from going behind, wrapping his foot around the ball and cutting  back into the centre where Stuani waited to divert the ball into the back of the net.

The Uruguayan should have added a second four minutes later as he raced behind the defence to meet Verdu's pass. He let the ball run across him before attempting to poke it into the corner, but Diego Lopez stayed big and got his body in the way.

Madrid continued to struggle to assert themselves on the game, with Hector Moreno seeing a seemingly legitimate goal ruled out for an ambiguous foul in the area. 

At the other end, Espanyol's well-organised defence remained compact and were restricting the chances for los Merengues to produce efforts on Casilla's goal.

Following a very limp showing in the final third during the first half, Mourinho brought on Karim Benzema. However, it was the hosts who threatened first after the interval.

Mubarak Wakaso and Verdu combined brilliantly on the left but Nacho stopped the Ghanaian's cross from finding Garcia at the back post with a crucial interception.

With los Blancos still struggling, Mourinho introduced Cristiano Ronaldo and in the 58th minute they finally found the net. Higuain got in front of Moreno and glanced a header into the far corner, past the despairing keeper.

The game quickly returned to its sluggish tempo as Madrid were unable to harness the momentum that the goal should have given them.

The visitors were in total control of possession but they were unable to translate that into chances to score a winner and Espanyol held on for the final few minutes after Victor Sanchez was shown a red card for a horrible tackle on Higuain.

In failing to win the game, Real Madrid ended their own challenge for the title and must now look to the Copa del Rey for their last chance to win some silverware this campaign.


Espanyol

13
Kiko Casilla
Goalkeeper
3.00
6
3.00
15
Héctor Moreno
Defender
3.50
16
3.00
11
Joan Capdevila
Defender
91′
3.00
19
3.00
4
3.00
10
Verdú
Midfielder
51′ 82′
3.50
-
Wakaso
Midfielder
61′ 93′
3.50
8
Stuani
Striker
23′ 30′
3.50
9
3.50

Real Madrid CF

3.00
25
2.50
2
3.00
2
2.50
33
3.00
18
2.50
-
Michael Essien
Midfielder
42′
3.00
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
58′ 69′
3.00
22
2.50
22
Kaká
Midfielder
57′
3.50
9
2.00
21
Morata
Striker
46′

Substitutes

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 - 
3
 - 
-
Sergio Tejera
Midfielder
 - 
7
Raúl Baena
Midfielder
93′
 - 
17
Martin Petrov
Midfielder
 - 
20
Simão
Midfielder
82′
2.00

Substitutes

 - 
1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
Llorente
Defender
3.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
19′ 65′
 - 
16
Casemiro
Midfielder
3.00
7
C. Ronaldo
Midfielder
57′ 80′
3.00
9
 - 
7

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Coach/Manager

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0