Bad News for Real Madrid- It's full Time: Espanyol 1-0 R. Madrid

Live Commentary. La Liga

Bad News for Real Madrid- It's full Time: Espanyol 1-0 R. Madrid

Live Commentary. La Liga

27 February 2018 Tuesday 21:27
Bad News for Real Madrid- It's full Time: Espanyol 1-0 R. Madrid

90+3 minFULL TIME: ESPANYOL 1-0 REAL MADRID

90+3 minWhat have we just seen? Madrid through Ramos forward and they are then left short at the back when a teasing ball comes in for Moreno. The frontman smashes an effort into the ground and past Navas to win the game late for Espanyol!

90+3 minGOAL! ESPANYOL 1-0 REAL MADRID (GERARD MORENO)

90+1 minNavarro does brilliantly now as the full-back just prods wide of his own post with Ramos waiting to apply the finish!

90 minWe are going to have three minutes of additional time...

88 minCLOSE! Moreno almost does it for Espanyol as he breaks free of the last man out wide on the right of the box. The striker gets his head up, only to see his curling effort bend wide of the far post.

86 minBoth sides are pressing for a winner it seems here, but both are being a tad too forceful and giving up possession in the final third. You could argue that Espanyol have actually shown more quality in the box than Madrid.

84 minThe eventual ball into the box is a dangerous one with men lurking in the middle, but Varane moves well and is able to produce a clever diving header to avert the danger.

83 minEspanyol are just sensing something in these closing moments. The hosts break on the counter through Baptistao, but Varane does well to get across only to then foul the striker and give Flores's men a free kick.

81 minSUBSTITUTION: A big move here from Zidane as he removes Bale and throws on Ceballos in attack...

80 minSUBSTITUTION: Espanyol make a second change as Piatti is taken off for Baptistao. Could the hosts be looking for a winner now?

78 minSAVE! Almost a lead for Espanyol... Moreno leaps above Varane to meet Garia's cross, but Navas keeps out the header with a smart diving save going to his left.

76 minA rather clumsy challenge off Ramos as he comes through the back of Moreno inside the area, only for the linesman to once again flag for offside.

74 minJust another example of the visitors' frustration as Achraf needlessly passes the ball out of touch with very little pressure on him.

72 minThe visitors are just missing that bit of spark or brilliance here. Ronaldo springs to mind to be honest... The visitors are still pressing forward, but there's very few options for Zidane's men to build from. Espanyol have been very deep but it has allowed them to congest areas and get numbers behind the ball.

70 minBale might just drop back into a slightly deeper or perhaps wider position to incorporate Benzema, that is unless Real opt for an unlikely 4-4-2 in these final 20 minutes or so. They need to do something going forward as they have really lacked quality in the final third tonight.

68 minSUBSTITUTE: Zidane makes his first change of the night as Isco is replaced by Benzema in attack...

66 minCHANCE! Madrid turn a corner towards the front post where Bale gets the slightest of flicks on the cross, leaving Lopez to shift across and collect the ball down low. If the striker had made a better connection that might just have been the opener.

64 minVasquez shows good composure to drift in off the wing and win a cheap free kick. The ball is switched out to Isco on the left, but again Navarro is equal to it and Espanyol are able to get things clear before the playmaker can do any damage.

62 minThe home side have just started to drift back into that deeper formation we saw in the first half, which pales in comparison to the energetic pressing they showed in the opening exchanges of this second period. It has allowed Madrid off the hook slightly...

60 minGood work from Bale as he drives into the home box. The hosts soon get numbers back and the ball is instead worked out to Kovacic on the edge of the area. The midfielder then bends a rather predictable effort straight into the arms of Lopez. Nice and easy for Espanyol.

58 minVasquez is able to snatch possession off Sanchez and he feeds in Isco on the counter down the right channel. The playmaker sends a teasing cross into the middle, but Lopez is out coolly to gather off his line.

56 minMore clever movement from Moreno sees him drift free of both Ramos and Varane to meet a flight ball into the box. The striker has a lot of work to do on the volley, allowing Navas to make a comfortable save to keep out his tame effort in the middle of the goal.

54 minWe haven't seen enough of this from Bale... This time the frontman looks for the ball from deep over the shoulder of the defender. It looks like he's about to break clear, but the linesman has his flagged raised for offside.

52 minSHOT! A swashbuckling run from Achraf breaks at pace down the right and he beats his marker to drive an effort at goal, but Lopez stands unmoved to make a save at his near post.

49 minSAVE! Garcia drifts brilliantly off the back of Varane and is able to get a shot away from an acute angle, but Navas gets in the way despite not producing the most convincing of stops.

48 minEspanyol start the second half with a little more endeavour as they venture forward and almost fashion a chance after a melee inside the box, only for the linesman to raise his for offside in the middle of the action.

46 minSECOND HALF! We are back moving again in Catalonia...

Espanyol will argue that they should be in front here after having Moreno's effort struck off for offside. Replays suggest that they might have every right to feel aggrieved too. The home side have looked dangerous once or twice on the counter too. They have played a bit too deep, though, allowing Madrid too much time and space with the ball.

A rather weak half of football for Real, despite the visitors dominating the opening 45 minutes at the RCDE Stadium. Zidane's men have shared so much of the ball, but have failed to do much with it going forward. The visitors will likely look to that Bale chance in the opening minutes as their best of the game.

45 minHALF TIME: ESPANYOL 0-0 REAL MADRID

44 minThe visitors continue to mount pressure in the final third, although Kovacic perhaps summaries this first half with another poorly placed pass and Espanyol are able to clear and find some breathing space.

42 minReal soon have another chance on goal, this time as they win a cheap free kick 25 yards out. Isco goes to shape one over the wall, although his effort is always rising and ends up in the stands.

41 minSHOT! Isco whips a cross towards the back post where it falls kindly for Bale. The frontman lashes an effort back along the deck and he soon finds himself screaming for a handball off a sliding Sanchez, but the referee is having none of it.

40 minMoreno almost thinks that's he's through following a clever ball around the corner from Piatti, but Varane shows great pace and strength to recover and make a vital interception on the edge of the box.

38 minYELLOW CARD! Bale shows his frustrations as he lunges in on Darder and picks up a yellow for his troubles.

36 minEspanyol likely feel that they are still in with a chance or two if they're able to keep this defensive work up for the rest of the contest. It's taken a fair bit of concentration at the back, but Real have lacked quality so far in the final third.

34 minBale finally shows some quality with a clever run down the left, where he is then able to cut the ball back into the middle for Isco. The ball is soon shifted into space for Llorente, but the youngster lashes his wild effort wide of the target.

32 minBale has been rather quiet in the first half. He started brightly with some testing runs in behind, but since Madrid have been camped inside the Espanyol half the Welshman has been rather anonymous.

30 minOFFSIDE! Espanyol have the ball in the net, but it's flagged for offside. A speculative shot is thrashed in from outside of the box where it is deflected into the path of Moreno. The frontman finds himself alone with just the keeper to beat, which he does, only to see the linesman's flag raised for offside. It looks like very close call too, with Llorente perhaps just keeping the striker on!

28 minReal respond to that chance with more dominance in and around the home box, but once more Espanyol are keeping tight and organised and Madrid eventually give up possession when Kovacic tries to force the issue at the wrong moment, allowing Duarte to intercept.

26 minCHANCE! Real will need to keep their wits about them. It's a terrible clearance from Varane as he plays a suicidal pass out of defence, which is headed by Sanchez into the path of Moreno inside the box. The striker has just Navas to beat and he sees his effort fly wide of the far post. Replays suggest that the keeper has made a brilliant save, but the referee gives a goal kick.

24 minThe visitors are dominating inside the Espanyol half, but the home side are keeping compact on the edge of their own area and Madrid are yet to find a way of unlocking this defence.

22 minAchraf is enjoying some freedom down the right channel and the full-back is able to win a corner. The resulting ball into the middle is a poor one, though, allowing Duarte to clear his lines with a thumping header.

20 minMadrid have bossed these opening 20 minutes, especially when you consider the amount of possession the visitors have held. Bale has had the best of the chances, although Espanyol have shown flickers of being effective on the break. The home side are playing very deep, mind.

18 minCHANCE! Caricol finds some space over on the left and is able to turn a cross first-time into the area. Piatti peels away at the front post and aims a volley towards goal, but his effort goes flying over the bar without troubling Navas.

16 minA first real defensive scare for the visitors now as Varane has to step in to make a vital challenge on Moreno inside the Real area. The striker had just looked to turn in a good position before being thwarted by the Frenchman.

14 minSAVE! It feels like a matter of time already... Kovacic sends a ball round the back for the overlapping Isco, who then turns a smart delivery into the box, which leaves keeper Lopez having to leap high to tip the ball over the crossbar and away from danger.

13 minNavarro breaks forward for the first time this evening and he aims to get the beating of Nacho, but the full-back has his number all of the way and is able to muscle the defender out of possession before he can get a cross into the away box.

11 minBale offers an option over on the right now and is able to leave Navarro in his wake, although his cross for Asensio in the middle is a poor one and Lopez can hoof clear.

9 minThe visitors are just starting to tick now, this time as Asensio shows incredible feet to beat two men inside the box, only for the playmaker to eventually run the ball out of play under a third challenge from the retreating home defence.

7 minSAVE! Madrid should be ahead... Achraf gets in on the overlap down the right and is able to cross into the middle. His ball takes a kind deflection off Caricol and falls for Bale, who sends his header straight into the arms of Lopez from just a matter of yards out.

6 minVasquez shows some smart movement to peel off the shoulder of Lopez, allowing Asensio to pick the ball over the top. The playmaker aims to cross back into the middle, but his ball is cleared for a corner.

5 minBale aims to break beyond the home defence in order to catch a long ball forward from Ramos, but Duarte takes charge and is able to make a comfortable interception.

3 minMadrid have settled nicely inside the opening three minutes. The visitors have appeared calm and collected on the ball as they shift possession around inside their own half. Espanyol have pressed brightly too.

1 minKICKOFF! We are off and moving here, Madrid get things going...

The players are now emerging from the tunnel and we'll be underway here in Espanyol shortly.

REAL MADRID SUBSTITUTES: Casilla, Carvajal, Benzema, Theo, Mayoral, Ceballos, Oscar

REAL MADRID STARTING XI: Navas; Achraf, Ramos, Varane, Nacho; Kovacic, Llorente, Isco; Vazquez, Asensio, Bale

ESPANYOL SUBSTITUTES: Baptistao, Granero, Jurado, Lopez, Naldo, Roca, Vila

ESPANYOL STARTING XI: Lopez; Navarro, Aaron, Victor, Duarte; Darder, Lopez, Sanchez; Piatti, Garcia, Moreno

Updated: 28.02.2018 09:51
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