Real Madrid 1-0 Espanyol: Marco Asensio and little else

The Spanish forward netted his first of the season in La Liga just before half-time

Marco Asensio da los tres puntos al Real Madrid | LALIGA

Real Madrid overtook Barcelona at the top of La Liga thanks to Marco Asensio’s goal against Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Francesc J. Gimeno

MATCH FACTS

Liga Santander

Real Madrid

1-0

Espanyol

Real Madrid

Courtois, Odriozola, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Nacho, Modric, Casemiro, Ceballos (Lucas Vázquez, 63'), Isco (Marcos Llorente, 79'), Benzema (Mariano, 60') y Marco Asensio.

Espanyol

Diego López, Javi López, Naldo, Mario Hermoso, Dídac Vilà, Marc Roca, Granero, Sergi Darder (Víctor Sánchez, 55'), Hernán Pérez (Sergio García, 70'), Borja Iglesias y Piatti (Baptistao, 55').

Goles

1-0, Marco Asensio (41').

Árbitro

Mateu Lahoz (colegio valenciano). Amonestó a Nacho (6'), Marc Roca (26'), Javi López (46') y Casemiro (77').

Incidencias

Partido disputado en el Santiago Bernabéu, en presencia de 67.758 espectadores.

Four minutes before half-time Luka Modric’s ball took three deflections on its way to him and the Spaniard fired in his first of the season.

Madrid were not at their best even though they dominated the ball and Espanyol looked dangerous on the break.

Borja Iglesias chipped Thibaut Courtois but hit the crossbar, while Diego Lopez did well to keep out a Sergio Ramos header.

Alvaro Odriozola made his debut at right-back, while Thibaut Courtois was chosen over Keylor Navas and made a good save from Hernan Perez.

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