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Vinícius Júnior
Yellow Card
84'
Pol Lozano
David López
69'
J. Calleri
Adri Embarba
68'
Adrià Pedrosa
Yellow Card
45'
Casemiro
K. Benzema
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Real Madrid RMA Real Madrid 38 26 9 3 70 25 +45 87 D W W W W
2 Barcelona BAR Barcelona 38 25 7 6 86 38 +48 82 W L W W W
3 Atlético Madrid ATM Atlético Madrid 38 18 16 4 51 27 +24 70 D W W D W
4 Sevilla SEV Sevilla 38 19 13 6 54 34 +20 70 W D W W W
5 Villarreal VIL Villarreal 38 18 6 14 63 49 +14 60 W L L W L
6 Real Sociedad RSO Real Sociedad 38 16 8 14 56 48 +8 56 D D W L D
7 Granada GRA Granada 38 16 8 14 52 45 +7 56 W W L W D
8 Getafe GET Getafe 38 14 12 12 43 37 +6 54 L L D L D
9 Valencia VAL Valencia 38 14 11 13 46 53 -7 53 L W L W D
10 Osasuna OSA Osasuna 38 13 13 12 46 54 -8 52 D W W L D
11 Athletic Club ATH Athletic Club 38 13 12 13 41 38 +3 51 L L W L L
12 Levante LEV Levante 38 14 7 17 47 53 -6 49 W W L L D
13 Real Valladolid VLD Real Valladolid 38 9 15 14 32 43 -11 42 W L L L W
14 Eibar EIB Eibar 38 11 9 18 39 56 -17 42 L W W D L
15 Real Betis BET Real Betis 38 10 11 17 48 60 -12 41 L L L W D
16 Deportivo Alavés ALA Deportivo Alavés 38 10 9 19 34 59 -25 39 L W D L L
17 Celta de Vigo CEL Celta de Vigo 38 7 16 15 37 49 -12 37 D L L D D
18 Leganés LEG Leganés 38 8 12 18 30 51 -21 36 D W W D W
19 Mallorca MLL Mallorca 38 9 6 23 40 65 -25 33 D L L W L
20 Espanyol ESP Espanyol 38 5 10 23 27 58 -31 25 D L L L L

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Commentary

Thanks for joining our commentary this evening. Until next time, goodbye.
Espanyol are next in action on the road against Real Sociedad on Thursday, while Madrid host Getafe on the same day.
Real Madrid move to the top of the LaLiga table courtesy of their 1-0 win over Espanyol this evening. Los Blancos were far from their best, but a moment of magic from Karim Benzema to tee up Casemiro with a sublime backheel was the difference between the two sides. Espanyol pressed on for a late equaliser, but lacked the quality in the final third. Francisco Rufete begins life in the dugout with a defeat, and his team are staring down the barrel of relegation, sitting bottom of LaLiga and 10 points adrift of safety.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: ESPANYOL 0-1 REAL MADRID
90' + 4' CLOSE! Marcelo almost scores an own goal in the dying seconds. Calleri latches on to a deep cross from the left at the back post. He keeps the ball in play and hammers a strike across the face of goal. Marcelo reacts to steer it away from danger, but nods it towards goal. Fortunately for the Brazilian it travels inches wide of the right post.
90' + 3' Melamed fouls Valverde in frustration. The visitors are edging towards the three points tonight.
90' + 2' Carvajal breaks down the right flank in the late stages of the game, but his low cross is gathered with ease by Diego Lopez.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
88' CLOSE! Espanyol are inches away from an equaliser as Roca swings a dangerous cross deep to the back post. Espinosa rises, but he just fails to make contact with a header, while even the free-kick just shades wide of the target.
Vinícius Júnior
Yellow Card
87' Vinicius goes into the book for a loose challenge on Melando.
86' The time is now for the home side to force the issue. There's nothing for them to lose at this stage.
Pol Lozano
David López
84' Lozano is on for the home side to replace David Lopez.
82' Vinicius combines with Benzema, who tees up Rodrygo for a strike at goal. However, Espanyol have enough men back to quell the danger as Pedrosa makes the block.
81' Vinicius gets back to track down the run of Victor Gomez down the flank. He stops his progress with a solid challenge before leading the Madrid counter.
78' We're back underway in this LaLiga contest.
77' The referee pauses the game for a cooling break with 13 minutes remaining.
76' Varane searches for the run of Marcelo down the left flank, but the ball skips off the pitch and travels out for a throw-in. Marcelo pounds the ground in frustration.
74' Zidane does look a little bit concerned with his side's performance in the second half. They've not been quite at it and the home side are growing in confidence.
73' Melamed cuts the ball back from the left flank to David Lopez in space. He strikes at goal with power, but Courtois gets down to make a comfortable stop low to his left.
71' Madrid need to up the ante here just to ensure there's no late slip. They've been solid this evening, but Espanyol have threatened more than Los Blancos in the second half.
Nico Melamed
Darder
69' Darder makes way for Melamed down the left flank for Espanyol.
J. Calleri
Adri Embarba
69' Calleri replaces Embarba in the final third for the hosts.
Adrià Pedrosa
Yellow Card
68' Pedrosa catches the back of Carvajal's heel and goes into the book for his challenge.
66' De Tomas rises to head at goal, latching on to Cabrera's flick, but he guides his effort wide of the post.
65' SAVE! De Tomas strikes a low effort with power towards the bottom-left corner, but Courtois watches it all the way and gets cross to his right to palm the shot away from goal.
65' Victor Gomez draws a foul in the final third and De Tomas stands over the ball from the resulting free-kick from 30 yards out.
Vinícius Júnior
E. Hazard
64' Hazard has been below-par this evening and is replaced by Vinicius.
Rodrygo
Isco
64' Rodrygo comes on for Isco in the final third.
61' It has been a steady opening 16 minutes since the restart. Neither side has been too adventurous. Zidane might be getting twitchy as Los Blancos will want to kill off the game to ease the tension.
59' Victor Gomez finds space down the right flank and he sends a low cross towards the near post. De Tomas slices an attempt towards goal and it allows Courtois to watch it from a height fall into his hands.
Óscar Melendo
Wu Lei
57' Melendo replaces Wu Lei for the home side.
57' Neither side has found a rhythm since the restart. It will be more of a concern for Rufete in his side's bid to get back into the game.
55' Kroos sets his sights on effort from distance after finding space in the final third, only to blast his attempt well over the bar.
54' Casemiro lines up the free-kick, only to smash his effort straight into the wall.
53' Espinosa brings down Hazard in the final third and the foul hands Madrid a free-kick in a dangerous position.
51' SAVE! Isco turns on the left flank and sends a cross deep to the back post for Benzema. The forward edges out Pedrosa to connect on the half-volley, but Diego Lopez is well positioned to make the stop.
49' CHANCE! Victor Gomez breaks down the right flank and sends a low cross into the box. Wu Lei tries to guide an effort towards goal, but his strike lacks power and Courtois gets down to make the stop.
46' We're back underway in this LaLiga clash.
Adrià Pedrosa
Dídac Vilá
46' Pedrosa replaces Vila at left-back for the home side at the break.
Francisco Rufete will be frustrated by his side's inability to see out the remaining minutes in the first half. Madrid have not been at their best, but they were clinical enough when it mattered the most. Espanyol face a huge task to get back into the contest in the second period.
Casemiro's goal on the stroke of half-time has handed Real Madrid a 1-0 lead at the break against Espanyol. There was little between the sides for the majority of the half. However, Los Blancos upped the ante towards the closing stages and got the breakthrough as Casemiro latched on to Karim Benzema's backheel to convert from close range.
45' + 4' HALF-TIME: ESPANYOL 0-1 REAL MADRID
45' + 2' Isco chases a long ball over the top, but just cannot keep the ball in play down the left flank.
45' There will be three minutes of added time.
K. Benzema
Assist
45' Benzema collects an offload into the box and fends off Espinosa before backheeling a pass to Casemiro to collect and score.
Casemiro
Goal
45' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! CASEMIRO PUTS MADRID AHEAD!!!!!! 1-0!!! Madrid take the lead as the Brazilian scores with an outstretched left boot, poking his effort past Diego Lopez. Benzema is the architect with a fine backheel through the legs of Espinosa. Casemiro gambles and gets there ahead of Cabrera and the Espanyol keeper to score.
44' SAVE! Diego Lopez denies Hazard with a fine stop. There's chaos in the box as Espanyol fail to deal with a cross from the right. Casemiro and Benzema both fail to bundle the ball home. The Belgian latches on to a loose ball and steers his effort towards goal, but the keeper reacts to make the stop.
43' Isco draws a foul in the final third from a tackle from Embarba. Kroos wil lift a cross into the box.
41' Hazard sums up Madrid's evening so far. The Belgian receives the ball in plenty of space down the right from Benzema, only to fail to beat the first defender with his cross into the middle. He's annoyed with himself.
39' There's a lack of urgency out there from Los Blancos thus far. They've had ample possession, but have not found the breakthrough yet. Patience may be required this evening.
37' Valverde has space and time, but he sends a pass straight through to Diego Lopez. There's a few bemused looks from his team-mates.
36' SAVE! Benzema sparks into life as he collects a pass from Kroos and turns in the left inside channel. He blasts an effort towards goal with power, but Diego Lopez reacts to turn it over the bar. A solid stop from the Espanyol keeper.
34' We're back underway in this LaLiga contest.
32' The referee pauses the game for a cooling break.
31' Kroos lifts the ball into the box where Ramos rises highest, but he heads his effort straight at Diego Lopez. However, the Madrid skipper was offside anyway.
30' Roca brings down Hazard in the final third, handing Madrid a free-kick in a threatening position.
28' There have been promising signs for Espanyol, especially down the right flank. However, Rufete will be imploring his players to discover a clinical edge in the final third.
26' Wu Lei runs into another promising position in the final third. He tries to beat Ramos on the edge of the box, but the defender halts his progress with a strong challenge.
24' OVER! De Tomas rises with Casemiro and flicks the ball on. Emrbarba collects and nudges an offload towards the run of Wu Lei. The forward bursts into the Madrid box, only to blast his effort over the bar. A real opening for the home side.
22' Kroos tries to thread the needle towards Isco, but the Spaniard is caught offside in the Espanyol half.
20' Roca whips the ball into a dangerous area with pace from the set-piece, but Courtois watches it all the way to palm it away from danger.
19' Ramos bundles over Victor Gomez on the right flank, handing the home side a free-kick in a decent position.
18' Isco works the ball towards Hazard, who tries a dummy to release Benzema. However, Bernardo is alert and makes the clearance for the home side.
16' Madrid are knocking the ball around the pitch with a positive intent and are making inroads into the Espanyol defence. The home side have to hang tough here.
14' WIDE! Kroos lifts the resulting corner into the box and Varane wins the flick-on. Casemiro latches on to it, but can only nod his effort on the stretch wide of the post.
13' Marcelo surges forward and produces a neat turn to create space for a strike. He sees his drive deflected just wide of the post by David Lopez.
12' Hazard tries to turn in the middle of the park, but gets his heels clipped by Victor Gomez. The visitors are starting to find their rhythm.
10' CHANCE! Kroos angles his delivery towards the back post for Varane. The ball drops down kindly for Casemiro to strike on his left foot. He blasts his effort towards goal where Ramos waits, but he can only direct his close-range header wide of the target.
9' Isco draws a foul on the right flank and Kroos will send the resulting free-kick into the penalty area.
8' Madrid have yet to put their foot on the ball in an attacking sense in the contest. The visitors might be just sitting back to see how Espanyol are planning to approach the game.
6' The home side probe on the edge of the box, but Darder cannot find space for a strike before Wu Lei fails to find a team-mate with his cross.
3' BLOCK! Wu Lei breaks down the right flank for the hosts and cuts the ball back across the face of goal. Darder takes on the strike, but he sees his effort blocked by Carvajal. The ball bounces off the defender and back on to Darder before travelling wide of the left post.
1' Embarba is pulled back by Varane 30 yards from goal and the home side are awarded a free-kick. The winger goes for goal from the set-piece, but he sends a tame effort straight at Courtois.
1' We're underway in this LaLiga clash.
No team has recorded more wins against a single opponent in LaLiga history than Real Madrid against Espanyol (W103 D33 L35).
Zidane has made four changes to his team that beat Mallorca last time out. Marcelo is restored to the back four to replace Ferland Mendy, who misses out. Casemiro starts in place of Luka Modric, while Isco and Kroos come in for Bale and Vinicius.
Rufete has made five changes to the side that was beaten last time out by Real Betis. Cabrera, Embarba, Roca, David Lopez, Darder and Diego Lopez remain in the side. Victor Lopez, Bernardo, Vila, De Tomas and Wu Lei come into the fold. Pedrosa, Naldo, Calleri, Campuzano drop to the bench, while there is no place for Iturraspe.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Alphonse Areola, Eder Militao, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio, Brahim Diaz, Mariano, Vinicius Junior, Diego Altube, Rodrygo, Javi Hernandez, Miguel Gutierrez.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Isco, Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard.
ESPANYOL SUBS: Adria Pedrosa, Victor Sanchez, Naldo, Jonathan Calleri, Oscar Melendo, Javi Lopez, Matias Vargas, Fernando Calero, Oier Olazabal, Pol Lozano, Victor Campuzano, Nicolas Melamed.
ESPANYOL (4-4-2): Diego Lopez; Victor Lopez, Bernardo Espinosa, Leandro Cabrera, Didac Vila; Adrian Embarba, Marc Roca, David Lopez, Sergi Darder; Raul de Tomas, Wu Lei.
Madrid will head into the tonight's fixture smelling blood in the water after watching Barcelona suffer a late setback against Celta Vigo. A win tonight for Los Blancos would take them two points clear at the top of the table. Zinedine Zidane's men have been in dominant form since the restart, winning all four of their matches, including their 2-0 triumph over Real Mallorca on Wednesday. Another victory would really put the pressure on Barca.
Espanyol made the call to sack Abelardo Fernandez yesterday following their indifferent form since the restart. Sporting director Francisco Rufete has taken charge of the first team, although the club's challenge to remain in LaLiga has taken a further blow ahead of tonight's fixture as Eibar have defeated Granada to move clear of the relegation zone. As a result, the Catalan club are now 10 points adrift of safety from 17th-place Celta Vigo. It will take an incredible effort to overcome Madrid this evening.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Espanyol and Real Madrid at the RCDE Stadium.