After a 2: 2 draw against Celta Vigo, FC Barcelona lost the leader’s seat. It was a chance for the Royals who had a seemingly simple task – to win with the last team in the Espanyol league. The players of coach Zinedine Zidane look great after returning to the games, they won all four league matches, losing only two goals in total.
At the beginning of the match it smelled like sensation. In the fourth minute before a great opportunity, Sergi Darder found himself, but his shot at close range was blocked at the last moment. Since then, Real has taken the lead and imposed his style of play. Royal, however, it was hard to break the defenses of visitors.
After a while the guests left with a menacing counterattack and it was again close to the lead. Los Blancos, however, wanted to show that they dictate the conditions here and consistently besieged the opponent’s goal. The goal was scored before the break, in the 45th minute. At that time, Benzema and Casemiro demonstrated very good communication. The Frenchman in an effective way, heel between the legs of the defender gave to a partner, and he finished the action.
After the resumption of the game, the hosts continued to prevail, wanting to increase the down payment. At the end of the meeting, the guests caught the wind in their sails and took up an even fight. It was not enough, however, to get a leveling goal.
Thanks to this precious victory, Real Madrid jumps to the position of the LaLiga leader, ahead of Blaugran by two “points”. The Spanish league is entering a decisive phase, with six matches remaining to finish.
Real Madrid – Espanyol Barcelona 1: 0 (1: 0)
Goal: Casemiro (45)
Yellow cards: Adria Pedrosa – Junior Vinicius
Espanyol Barcelona: Lopezm Gómez, Espinosa, Cabrera, Vila (46. Pedrosa), Embarba (69. Calleri), Roca, David Lopez (84. Lozano), Darder (70. Melamed), de Tomas, Lej (57. Melendo).
Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Valverde, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco (63. Rodrygo), Benzema, Hazard (63. Vinícius Junior).