Real Madrid vs Espanyol; 5 Talking Points
Cristiano Ronaldo struggled, but Real Madrid purred as the defending champions eased to victory against their Catalan opponents
Score: Real Madrid 2 - 0 Espanyol
Goals: Isco 30' (assist Ronaldo), 71' (assist Asensio)
Zinedine Zidane recorded his 50th win in La Liga as Real Madrid manager (76.9% wins) to break Real Madrid's duck and register their first home win of the season in La Liga and ensure that Barcelona didn't drift too far away atop the league table.
While Ronaldo didn't score, he did provide his 200th assist in the game's opener and orchestrated the counter-attack that led to the second, and final, goal of the match.
Here, then are the five key things we learned from this match
#5. Isco Disco to the rescue
What a player this man is, eh?
On song, Isco is pure footballing joy and boy was he on song against Espanyol. He was everywhere as Real Madrid's fluid formation allowed him to float his way across the length and breadth of the pristine Bernabeu pitch and he was at the heart of everything good for Madrid, as ever.
As these stats, suggest, he put in a man of the match performance that was rewarded with a standing ovation from the ever demanding home crowd and underlined just why Real Madrid had inserted a €700 million release clause into his new contract.