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Real Madrid vs Espanyol Live Score and Commentary, La Liga 2017/18 RMAvsESP

Real Madrid 2-0 Espanyol (Isco 30', 71')
Updated: 02 October 2017 02:05 IST - Published: 02 October 2017 01:03 IST
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PEEP! PEEP! PEEEEEP!

That's that as Real Madrid complete what was, in the end, a rather routine 2-0 win for Madrid. Ronaldo will be disappointed he didn't score, but his service was impeccable as ever and it means Real Madrid have finally won a game in the Bernabeu this season

That's all for me, Anirudh Menon signing out

Toodle-ooo!
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92' OH HO! Ronaldo springs forward and stands up a lovely ball that Ramos, of all the people in white, meets - but surprisingly heads wide
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91' Nothing happens 
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90' Literally two minutes for young Borja. TWO MINUTES TO BE ADDED ON!
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89' OH ISCO OH ISCO OH ISCO! The man plays football like ballerinas dance ballets; he spins Aaron with a lovely little pirouette forcing the defender to hug him to a standstill. Isco is then taken off - for a standing ovation - and Borja Mayoral gets his two minutes
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87' OH VAZQUEZ! WHAT A CHANCE! Cristiano Ronaldo does brilliantly to work a foot of space on the left and fizz an absolutely lovely ball that lands at the feet Vazquez - who can only find Pau Lopez with his effort. Should have scored, that
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84' The match is petering out to nothingness... despite Ronaldo's best attempts; Darder does ever so well to ensure the Portuguese' goal tally for the season, in the league remains at 0
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81' Modric off, Dani Ceballos on as Zidane looks to give his youngsters a run-out
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80' OH! VAZQUEZ! The corner is worked short and Isco does ever so well to control it on his chest and pass it to Vazquez - who's acrobatic scorpion kick only manages to see the ball deflect off Ramos' path
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79' OW!!! Modric smashes one at goal and Diego Lopez puts in a brave challenge that means it;s just a corner
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78' Achraf tries to pick out Ronaldo with a lovely little dink in behind the goal, but Ronaldo's first touch combined with heavy pressure from Hermoso means the great man can't do anything but see it roll off the park
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77' Real Madrid's defence looks a bit shaky still, and Espanyol win a freekick as Casemiro smashes into Aaron with a ridiculous challenge that earns a deserved yellow
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76' Isco tries to pick out Vazquez down the middle, but Lopez has read it and comes out to collect
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74' Espanyol win a freekick ... but Granero wastes it by floating a useless ball out of play 
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72' Moreno does well to win a corner off Ramos... CHANCE! Espanyol play the corner short before sending it in deep where Navarro is on hand to head well at goal, but Navas is behind it all the way
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Ronaldo leads a supremely pacey counterattack and 4v3, he feeds it to Asensio. The Spaniard takes a moment, sees Isco drop away from the defenders and passes it to him... He, in turn, smashes it to the far post
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71' GOOOOOOOOOOAL! ISCO!!!!!
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70' OH MY! OH MY! RAMOS HAS A SLIP IN CONCENTRATION AND GIFTS THE BALL TO BAPTISTAO INSIDE THE BOX, BUT NACHO DOES SUPREMELY WELL TO GEt IN HIS WAY!
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69' EI! EI! ASENSIO! Aaron nips away from three people before feeding the ball to Kroos who in turns plays it to Asensio - whose shot is deflected away for a corner. Zidane rolls his dice for the first time as he takes off Kroos for Vazquez
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67' Oh, that's a blow! Sanchez is feeling his left knee and it looks like he'll have to be taken off... and former Madrid boy Esteban Granero is on!
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66' Madrid are looking a touch testy now as Espanyol grow into the game... 
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64' Baptistao almost latches onto a long ball, but Navas pulls off his best Neuer impersonation and clears the ball... Sanchez then ends up pulling Asensio back and that's a straightforward yellow
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63' OH MY LORD! Baptistao plays a brilliant one-two with Navarro and the Brazilian has the legs to stream away from Varane. The Frenchman does well to keep up, though, and he does well to get his boot in the way of Baptistao's ball across to an utterly free Moreno
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61' Javi Fuego and Aaron toy with Isco before they play the ball forward where Ramos does well to take the ball away from Moreno.... Madrid flow forward and Nacho sends in a decent-looking cross that Ronaldo volleys into the stratosphere
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60' The belligerent Sergio Garcia steals the ball of Isco, bullies Modric away before the even more belligerent Casemiro steals it off him.... the Brazilian then does well to win a freekick off Moreno
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59' Madrid win another corner... it's worked short and Modric sends it straight to Zagreb
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58' Navarro does exceptionally well to bully Kroos and win the ball off the German at the edge of his own box; the substitute has been exceptional! 
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57' Ronaldo tries to play in Asensio - a carbon-copy of the ball that played in Isco for the game's only goal - but he overhits just a touch and this time Pau Lopez is alive to the danger and comes to collect off Asensio's toes
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56' Navarro again! Aaron sends in a lovely ball into the far post and Navarro smashes a volley straight at Ramos. The whistles ringing around the Bernabeu emphasise the sudden changes in competitiveness in the match
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55' OH CHANCE! ESPANYOL AGAIN! Baptistao bombs forward and swings in a lovely ball that curls just too far for a desperate Marc Navarro to reach... 
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54' Achraf bombs forward after another sweeping Madrid move that involved everyone from Navas to Kroos.... and the young Moroccan wins a corner. Which comes to nothing
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52' Madrid work the ball sweetly around the park before Modric races into the box and pings a ball deep to Ronaldo, but the great man times his jump poorly and he ends up ducking underneath the ball
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51' The corner comes to nothing. But Espanyol have come out determined to make a match of this; and Flores' substitutions have helped matters no end
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50' Espanyol are pressing higher up the pitch now... AND CHANCE! Garcia steals a lax Kroos ball off the toes off Varane and Espanyol work the ball out to Navarro who is all by himself in the box, but his shot is straight at Navas
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48' OH! CHANCE! ESPANYOL! Garcia slips in Baptistao with a deceptively smart ball but the Brazilian is crowded out by Varane.. the ball bounces out to Gerard who once again takes a touch too many and Ramos clears the ball... SHOOT ON SIGHT, GERARD!
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46' Sergio Garcia is the man on for Jurado... as Real Madrid squeeze the entirety of the Espanyol team into their own box - Modric dummies a ball to Asensio but Gerard gets in his way with a superbly timed challenge
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PEEP! WE'RE OFF AGAIN!

Espanyol change Marc Roco for Marc Navarro and Jurado for... I'll tell you that in just a bit
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PEEP! HALFTIME!

REAL MADRID 1-0 ESPANYOL thanks to Isco's neat little toe-poke... Madrid have looked as comfortable as ever, but on the one occasion Espanyol managed to get the ball into the box they did hit the post.

This isn't over just yet!
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46' One minute of added time -  and nothing much happens in said sixty seconds. 
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45' Asensio streamed fo'ard with the ball and shifted it inside before shooting low to the keeper's left; Ronaldo is incandescent with his young colleague for not passing the ball 
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44' OH MY WORD! AARON MARTIN SEND IN A HOPEFUL BALL THAT VARANE UTTERLY MISCONTROLLED. BAPTISTAO LEAPT ONTO IT AND SMASHED A BALL SMACK! OFF THE POST! OH MY WORD
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43' Corner. Ronaldo header - and that flies wide. The Portuguese superstar is growing increasingly impatient
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41' OH MY! GERARD GETS THE BALL INSIDE THE BOX AND ATTEMPTS A TOE-POKE OF HIS OWN, BUT IT'S SIMPLY TOO WEAK TO TROUBLE NAVAS
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40' Some unorthodox, but effective, defending from Sanchez sees Ronaldo's cross get deflected away for a corner... which comes to nothing. This season's edition of Madrid seem to have forgotten how to score off a corner
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39' In midfield Jurado has completed 9 of 15 attempted passes. Isco has completed 38 of 45. Everything you need to know about the game right there.... Espanyol make a rare foray forward but Moreno can't keep hopeful Fuego's ball in
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37' Sanchez leaps, Zizou style, and controls a wild Fuego ball brilliantly but his pass forward finds Baptistao offside
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36' Sergi Darder gets pulled down by Nacho - why only he will know - and despite not having had any trouble in 35 minutes of football, a Real Madrid man is the first to get booked. 
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35' Pass pass pass go Madrid before Asensio pings in a searching ball that Nacho simply can't control
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34' CHANCE! RONALDO! The great man chests a long punt forward, controls it, turns and shoots - but Pau Lopez does superbly to come out and smother the shot. 
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33' From the throw-in, though, Madrid win the ball back immediately and continue their aesthetically pleasing strangulation of Espanyol..