Real Madrid warmed-up for a week that sees them face Liverpool and Barcelona with victory over Espanyol on Saturday, as Vinicius Junior again showed why he is being spoken about as one of the world's in-form forwards.
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Espanyol opened the scoring after 10 minutes, working a fluid counter-attack before Joselu arrowed an effort into the top corner.
But Madrid responded through Vinicius, who cut onto his right foot and whipped a shot inside the far post after 22 minutes.
Eder Militao then gave Madrid the lead shortly before half-time after finding himself entirely unmarked at the far post to nod Aurelien Tchouameni's cross in off the crossbar.
Marco Asensio lashed in a third in second-half stoppage time to momentarily cut Barca's lead atop La Liga to just six points, and complete a reasonably routine win in a season that has been lacking in them.
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