Espanyol vs Actual Madrid: Karim Benzema scored twice within the ultimate jiffy to provide Actual Madrid a 3-1 win at Espanyol on Sunday, their third within the first three video games of the brand new LaLiga season. Actual Madrid sit prime of the desk on 9 factors, stage with Actual Betis. Barcelona and Villarreal are proper behind on seven factors, with Osasuna and Actual Sociedad on six.
Vinicius Jr opened the scoring early within the first half with a first-touch end from an excellent go by Aurelien Tchouameni. The younger French midfielder put in one other strong efficiency instead of the departed Casemiro, who left the membership after signing for Manchester United.
Tchouameni added an additional dimension to the Actual midfield and confirmed why they agreed to pay a possible 100 million euros ($99.49 million) price to Monaco for the 22-year-old France worldwide. Actual have been in management till Joselu levelled from a rebound proper earlier than halftime and, roared on by their followers, Espanyol put up a struggle in opposition to the Champions League and LaLiga champions, dominating many of the second half.
Javi Puado nearly put the house staff in entrance after accumulating a very good go contained in the field, however his shot ended up being blocked by a defender for a nook. Within the 58th, keeper Thibaut Courtois pulled off a unbelievable one-handed cease to maintain out Joselu’s close-range shot.
As Espanyol upped the aggression, Actual coach Carlo Ancelotti introduced on children Rodrygo and Eduardo Camavinga they usually began to show the match in Actual’s favour, particularly on the counter-attack. Benzema had an ideal alternative however was denied by keeper Benjamin Lecomte, put one other effort huge, and had a objective dominated out by the video assistant referee on a extremely shut offside name.
But two minutes from time, Rodrygo discovered Benzema on the far put up with an ideal cross and the French striker put Actual Madrid again in entrance. In added time, the video assistant referee noticed a foul by Lecomte on Dani Ceballos in what was thought-about a transparent goal-scoring alternative on the sting of the realm.
Lecomte was proven a straight crimson card and Benzema took cost of the free kick, bending it into the underside nook to wrap up the factors. “It was not easy and it will not be easy,” coach Carlo Ancelotti advised Movistar Plus.
“We started very well, we scored but then we went down. After their goal, it was more complicated. It ended in a two-way match and we were very good. We were spot on with the changes we made. Rodrygo and Camavinga gave us the energy that we needed.”
(with Reuters inputs)