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February 13, 2011
• Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Cornella de Llobregat
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
• Attendance: 40423
Full-time! Madrid take all three points, with a narrow 1-0 lead! An early red card for Casillas forced them to change the gameplan somewhat, but they responded brilliantly and deserve their win! Great game! This puts Real Madrid back in touching distance of Barcelona, who are now just five points ahead at the top of the table! Thankyou for following on Goal.com!
90' + 2'
Ronaldo fires a freekick straight into the wall, and Espanyol look to counter.
90' + 1'
Referee calls three minutes of added time. Still time for a dramatic end to the match.
Espanyol clearly desperate to take a point, still going forward but unable to break the Madrid defence, who have been great tonight.
Sergio Ramos comes on to replace Adebayor, who will feel unlucky not to have scored tonight.
Verdu challenging Adan with a great shot, placed towards the top corner, but Adan stretches and makes the save! Brilliant!
Adebayor again denied by a great Kameni save, after an amazing run! He ran onto the right side of the box, and fired towards goal, but couldn't get it past the Espanyol stopper! Great save!
Javi Marquez has a pop from about 35 yards, but he can't get it on target. Wasted pressure.
Real Madrid go devastatingly close, as Adebayor fires a shot from 12 yards, but Kameni makes a fantastic save! Great stuff!
Ozil comes off to be replaced by Lass. Mourinho looking to hold onto the narrow lead.
Adan looking impressive tonight, looking to stake a claim for the second keeper spot in Real Madrid's lineup.
Espanyol again going close as Verdu plays a great ball through to Callejon, who fires across goal, but cannot find the net! Good effort!
Callejon has a pop on the volley from 20 yards, but Adan makes an assured save and holds onto the ball! Good effort from Callejon.
Espanyol go close through Vazquez! He has a shot blocked, which then rebounds off of the referee and back to him! His second shot is also blocked though! Good effort, but Madrid would have felt extremely hard done-by had that second effort found the net!
Yellow CardRicardo Carvalho
Carvalho receives a booking for bringing down Callejon as he was running towards the box. Some distance from goal. and it's unlikely Espanyol will try the shot.
Sergio Garcia down in the box after an aerial challenge with Pepe. Pepe appeared to jump unfairly, but the referee takes the safe option and doesn't give the penalty.
Real Madrid win a free-kick in their own half, after Carvalho appeared to jump unfairly, but the decision goes his way. Bizarre decision.
Javi Lopez has an effort from way out, and fires just wide! Good effort, but it would be hard to imagine Adan letting that in if it were on target.
Callejon looking dangerous on the right wing, but Pepe makes a fantastic sliding challenge to stop him in his tracks!
Corner taken, and cleared easily by Espanyol.
Corner for Madrid, as Ronaldo bore down dangerously on the left wing, but is stopped brilliantly by Chica!
Harsh offside decision against Espanyol, as Callejon ran through, but was about a yard onside! The Catalans will feel aggrieved by that one.
Ronaldo forces Kameni into a great save from the free-kick! Good effort!
Yellow CardJordi Amat
Free-kick to Real Madrid, just outside the box, as Ronaldo had his shirt pulled by Jordi Amat, as he was going through on goal! Amat picks up a yellow card, but in truth he's lucky it wasn't red.
Espanyol applying a lot of pressure in these early minutes of the second half, but are unable to produce anything of note
Real Madrid win a freekick in their own half, as Sergio Garcia brings down Adebayor
Espanyol get the second half underway!
Referee calls time on an action packed half! Both sides have had their chances, and Casillas recieved the fastest red card in Real Madrid's history for a light challenge! Marcelo's goal is the difference here.
Espanyol troubled in defence, as Mesut very nearly finds the head of Adebayor, but the defence just about get it clear.
Espnayol trying to attack again, as Javi Marquez plays a good ball through to Callejon on the right wing, but he's offside.
Sergio Garcia looking to attack down the right wing, but Marcelo blocks him as he tries to cut into the box.
Madrid applying pressure of their own now, but they cannot get through the Espanyol back-line.
Espanyol continuing to pressure the Madrid defence, who are coping well.
Espanyol winning another free-kick now, as Callejon is brought down on his way forward.
Espanyol again, forcing Adan into another great save!
Espanyol looking threatening, charging towards goal, but they are met by resolute defending.
Madrid applying a lot of pressure, but for the most part Espanyol are coping well.
That goal will give Madrid some much needed belief and confidence, as with ten men on the pitch they looked likely to suffer.
GOAL MARCELO! Great goal! Madrid are 1-0 up. A great passing play between Ronaldo and Ozil ends with Marcelo on the left wing, who fires it straight at Kameni from a tight angle, and Kameni spills it into the net! Great goal, but the 'keeper should really have done better there.
Espanyol go close from the free-kick, forcing Adan into another save!
Espanyol win a freekick on the right wing, after Verdu was brought down on the right wing.
Yellow CardXabi Alonso
Madrid feeling aggrieved not to recieve a penalty, after Carlos Kameni punched the ball into his defenders arm! Espanyol get away with it though. A poor decision by the 'keeper.
Ronaldo going close for Madrid. After a great run he shoots just wide of the post from about 20 yards.
Both sides enjoying chances in this one, but Madrid do look to be suffering somewhat from being a man short.
Now Espanyol going close again! A great ball from the right wing finds Javi Marquez, and he volleys it just inches wide. Good effort!
Espanyol with a good opportunity, as Garcia plays a ball back outside the centre of the box for Callejon, who finds his shot blocked.
Real close again as Marcelo cuts in from the left wing and the ball deflects off a defender, going just over the bar.
Sergio Garcia has a pop for Espanyol, testing Adan with a long range effort, but the keeper saves easily.
Khedira goes close from about 20 yards, after a great pass from Ronaldo, but Kameni makes a good save!
Real dominating in midfield now, despite being a man light.
Adan made to work early on from a well aimed free-kick at the far post, but he makes an assured save. Good work from the substitute!
Ángel Di María
Dramatic start to the game as Espanyol now have the free-kick, and Antonio Adan enters the Madrid net in the absence of Jerzy Dudek. This is the 23-year-old's league debut.
Red CardIker Casillas
RED CARD! Casillas is sent off!! Espanyol broke free with Callejon, and Casillas comes off his line and takes him down. There was very little contac, and Callejon may have taken a dive.
Real Madrid get us underway!
Hello and welcome to Goal.com's coverage of Real Madrid's away clash with Espanyol. Espanyol could do city rivals Barcelona a massive favour by forcing Madrid to drop points here, after Barcelona's draw with Sporting last night!
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