Plugged into the League, this Madrid He also sings bingo in scruffy days. Not much less was a team illuminated before a Espanyol who capsizes in the domestic tournament. But the Real was enough with the flutter of Vinicius, the recurring efficacy of Benzema and the scaffold of Casemiro.
Real Madrid and Espanyol sealed a tiring match. A duel destined to be forgotten that will not deserve to be rewound, except, perhaps, by Varane, the unexpected author of the goal that uncorked the parakeet. Many fouls, many inaccuracies, little talk with the ball. In short, a meeting with little progress. The only one, that of the reappeared Vinicius. A singular player A footballer, for now, of prologues. It starts as few, but clouds when there are curves, which usually appear with the goal in sight. It was the Brazilian who most eased the desktop in Chamartín. Vinicius, in the race one step ahead of his comrades, planted himself in several sequences against Diego López, who won him all duels. In one of them, the visiting goalkeeper received a stake from the Brazilian, imprudence that cost him a card. He also won the second, just after 1-0, but the referee made the slices So true that Vinicius skated like he overwhelmed David Lopez.
Beyond Vinicius's mocking ribbons, Madrid had little expressiveness. Rodrygo didn't have it, much more muted than his countryman. And Benzema lamented, decisive, but less agitating than usual. Perhaps because of Marcelo's longing and, above all, Hazard, his best partners. But Benzema is an enlightened one and, in these times, he rarely finds his moment no matter how much the game seems to slip. Victim also of a less harmonious Madrid than in recent days, Benzema emerged near the intermediate. The French forward stirred through the funnel on the balcony of the area, and sought to thread Casemiro. On his way appeared an outsider of the goal, Varane, who stamped the ball into the net with a dry and crossed shot. No one from Espanyol detected Varane's surprising presence in his area, planted there since the previous corner launch.
Courtois, Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy, Varane, Kroos (Modric, min. 70), Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Vinicius Junior (Eder Militao, min. 84), Benzema and Rodrygo (Brahim Diaz, min. 84).
Diego López, Bernardo, David López, Calero, Marc Roca, Granero (Pol Lozano, min. 72), Darder, Víctor Gómez Perea, Dídac, Wu Lei (Campuzano, min. 64) and Jonathan Calleri (Óscar Melendo, min. 82 ).
1-0 min. 36: Varane. 2-0 min. 78: Benzema.
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Ferland Mendy (min. 62),
Federico Valverde (min. 73),
Vinicius Junior (min. 16),
Calero (min. 60),
Barn (min. 14) and
Darder (min. 90).
The goal did not take off a discreet Madrid. As much as his opponent. It happens that Espanyol, which is not for boasting, felt strengthened. He arrived in Chamartín from the catacombs and with a loud rapa dust from his technician, Machín. In Madrid, without streamers, at least he kept the type. It was not a pipiolo team. It annoyed his rival with blocking phases in the articulation of the game from Courtois. Approach that alternated with total retreats, with the entire regiment behind the ball and the challenge of its sides over those of the Real and its centrals exposed to the three local attackers. The Blue and Whites lacked more tact with the ball. It was not Diego López, who more than once stomped directly at the feet of Courtois. Nor is Barn, inaccurate in the many hits he had on the ball. It was better with his head. In an inverted play, Calleri, the Espanyol pole, attended Granero, a supposed welfare architect. His shot was successfully patted by Courtois.
Supported by Diego López, winner of Vinicius's fencing challenges and a shot with Valverde shrapnel, Espanyol won a second half for the comeback. Again he had the help of his goalkeeper, essential in a hand in hand with Benzema. Shortly before, with the party in double direction, without any governance, Casemiro put the broom with precision and extreme firmness in a threatening adventure of Darder. As faded as Barn and Marc Roca, the consortium of the midfield parakeet.
The second act staged a more willing Madrid against it. And a Espanyol forced to examine the attack. Neither one managed to protect the crash. The same run. A very knotted party, except for the adventures of Vinicius, party poster. With more or less fortune, no one was so enterprising. In one of his connections he put Benzema before the goal, but he escaped the Frenchman. But this Benzema is the Benzema post Christian. So his eleventh goal in the league was not long in coming after a braided play with Valverde. Final point for Espanyol, to which his appointment with Madrid ended as almost all his life. No one has won more Real Madrid players in LaLiga (103 times). Your flood, if you arrive, will have to wait, with or without peeps. For Real, match settled in a gray tone. And a bad final aim: the expulsion of Mendy, as fair as unnecessary. And with Marcelo down.
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