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Espanyol have beaten Real Madrid 2 – 1 at the RCDE Stadium in the 8th round of La Liga, inflicting a first league defeat on the Royal Club.
As expected, Real entered the match more agile, but Espanyol shocked the guests in the 17th minute and took the lead. The scorer was Raul De Tomas. It’s almost unbelievable that Real failed to equalize by halftime as they missed several opportunities from a number of dangerous attacks.
After 15 minutes of play in the continuation of the match, Espanyol doubled the lead, and this time the scorer was Vidal. Real came to the goal only in the 71st minute, and the scorer was the unstoppable Benzema, who scored the ninth goal in La Liga this season in eight matches. He added seven assists to that.
The home team completely withdrew by the end of the game, Real had a series of dangerous attacks and opportunities, but there was no change in the results and the final 2 – 1 remained.
Espanyol jumped to 12th place in La Liga with today’s victory, while Real remained first. Espanyol will meet Cadiz in the next round, while Real will play against Athletic Bilbao.