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Espanyol 1-3 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema maintained the perfect start to the season for Los Blancos

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Espanyol 1-3 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema takes one last breather to beat the hosts after Vinicius Jr’s early goal as the LaLiga champions maintain their perfect start to the season

  • Real Madrid maintain unbeaten start to season with 3-1 win over Espanyol
  • Carlo Ancelotti’s side took the lead on Sunday night via Vinicius Junior
  • Former Stoke and Newcastle striker Joselu equalized before half-time
  • Karim Benzema scored a late brace before Espanyol was reduced to 10 men

Real Madrid took some of last season’s Champions League spirit to beat Espanyol and make it three out of three wins.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side took a 12-minute lead over Vinicius, but were snapped back when Joselu equalized.

If Espanyol had managed to hold on to a draw, no one would have begrudged them their point, but Madrid are growing at those times when tired opponents are beginning to shrink and with strikes on the 88th and 100th minutes, Karim Benzema made sure they got away with all three points. went.

Talisman Karim Benzema scored on Sunday in Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Espanyol

The win maintains the perfect start for Los Blancos in their first three games of the season

The win maintains the perfect start for Los Blancos in their first three games of the season

He now has three goals in three games – another indication that Madrid are simply picking up where they left off last season.

Madrid lost this match 2-1 last October and were determined not to suffer the same fate again. They broke out of the blocks and after a nice pass with Benzema and Aurelien Tchouameni, Vinicius was played in and he did not miss his second goal of the season.

Joselu reacted for the home side to level them up. He had a bit of luck along the way, as when his shot was saved by Thibaut Courtois, the ball hit Eder Militao and bounced back to him. He now has seven goals in his last nine games against Real Madrid.

Former Newcastle United and Stoke City striker Joselu equalized before halftime

Former Newcastle United and Stoke City striker Joselu equalized before halftime

The former Newcastle and Alaves striker, who came through Real Madrid’s youth system and debuted for their seniors, then nearly gave Espanyol the lead on the restart, but Courtois made himself big to push the shot over the top.

The game now went back and forth with both teams making enough tired mistakes to lead the opposition to believe the three points were up for grabs.

Ancelotti brought in Rodrygo and the man who was instrumental in so many of those Champions League comebacks last season sent the perfect cross for Benzema to put Real Madrid on 1-0.

Winger Vincius Junior gave Real Madrid the lead just after 10 minutes with a well-developed goal

Winger Vincius Junior gave Real Madrid the lead just after 10 minutes with a well-developed goal

Carlo Ancelotti's side top LaLiga as they look to win consecutive league titles this season

Carlo Ancelotti’s side top LaLiga as they look to win consecutive league titles this season

Until late in stoppage time, Rodrygo appeared to have the third, but it was disallowed for offside. However, Espanyol goalkeeper Benjamin Lecomte had kicked Dani Ceballos in the run-up and so official Mario Melero Lopez, after consulting with the video-assisted refereeing match, sent the goalkeeper off the pitch.

After all their substitutions, defender Leandro Cabrera took on the gloves and his first task was to block a Benzema free kick from the foul on Ceballos.

Benzema’s kick sailed past him and Madrid had bagged all three points with another epic show of strength.

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