- Espanyol vs Real Madrid ended by 4-2 scoreline as Los Blancos continued their impressive run
- Karim Benzema scored a brace with Sergio Ramos and Gareth Bale also getting their names on the scoresheet
- Espanyol took the game to Santiago Solari's side as they came back twice in the match but could catch up
Espanyol vs Real Madrid ended in a six-goal thriller in favour of Santiago Solari's side, as they went away with a 4-2 win to maintained third spot in La Liga.
Los Blancos were dominant in the opening exchanges of the match and it did not take long for the European champions to take the lead.
Luka Modric made a swift move into the box as his shot was saved by Diego Lopez and it fell kindly for Karim Benza who made no mistake with the finish. It was 1-0 to Madrid.
Captain of the side Sergio Ramos registered Real's second with his trademark header as he was left unmarked in the box from a set piece in the 15th minute.
Just as Madrid thought they fully in control of the match, Espanyol cut the lead by half as Leo Batistao rifled in a deflected shot that fell kindly for him to make it 2-1.
However, the visitors were on rampage on the night with fluidity in their passes and right on the stroke of half time, Benzema netted his brace from a move he started and finished in style. Madrid restored the two-goal cushion to make it 3-1.
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The second half was a more entertaining contest as Real Madrid created a flurry of chances in the opening ten minutes, but Lopez was brilliant on the night as he denied Modric and Benzema on separate occasions.
But substitute Gareth Bale, made it 4-1 barely three minutes after coming on for Vinicius Junior. The Welshman made a lovely turn in the box and sends Lopez the wrong way.
The match took a dramatic twist in the 74th minute as Raphael Varane was shown a red card for a professional foul on a goal-bound move on Pablo Piatti.
Madrid defended the resulting free-kick but Espanyol dominated possession and their persistence finally paid off as Roberto Morales slammed home a half volley to make it 4-2.
Espnayol controlled the game but could not make their pressure count as the intriguing match ended in favour of the visitors.
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