Quick off his line when needed and made a number of spectacular saves to keep Madrid ahead.
Got forward often and almost scored but put his free header over the bar.
Bombed forward with some ferocity in the opening moments and combined well with Cristiano Ronaldo.
Sent off for two silly bookings that could have cost his side. Fortunately for him they didn't.
Solid but made a few mistakes that should have been capitalised on. Also looked uncomfortable when Espanyol ran at him.
Dropped deep to get the ball and influenced the match a lot more.
Á. di María
Should have opened the scoring early on but didn't really get into the game too much before being replaced as Jose Mourinho looked to close off the game.
Played some lovely balls from midfield, his delivery from corners wasn't the best however.
He hassled Espanyol players all over the park and won the ball for back for his team on numerous occasions and got an assist at the end.
Wasteful in front of goal though he worked hard and eventually got his reward with a cool finish.
Showed good composure to score his penalty and assisted Higuain. An all round top night from the forward.
Made a fantastic save from Di Maria but will be unhappy he didn't get near the penalty especially with two opportunities, but he kept his team in the game with a number of good stops.
Strong in the tackle and made life difficult for Higuain, but earned himself a needless second booking late in the match.
Allowed plenty of opportunities down his flank and was hooked at half-time.
The red card he received for his challenge on Cristiano Ronaldo really summed up his evening.
Put in a few crosses but was beaten on numerous occasions by Cristiano Ronaldo when he operated on the left.
Did well when crosses were put in the box.
Missed a guilt-edged chance just before half-time and was a menace for the Madrid defenders.
Dogged in the opening moments and won the ball for his team numerous times.
Was solid the right hand side but spent a lot of time keeping tabs on Marcelo.
Great chance to opening the scoring with a volley, but scuffed his shot and it whistled just wide. The man most likely to make something happen for Espanyol but his touch repeatedly let him down.
Tried to make something happen and showed good intelligence when shielding the ball for Verdu to have a shot, but was kept quiet by the Real Madrid central defenders.
- 25 J. Dudek
Made some good runs down the right and his crosses were dangerous.
- 21 Pedro León
- 11 Granero
Almost made an immediate impact when he set up Higuain who fluffed his lines. Shored up the midfield and got forward well.
- 6 M. Diarra
Grabbed a late goal and looked lively for his short time on the park.