Real Madrid ease past Espanyol to move top to La Liga

Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates scoring their second goal against Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, December 7, 2019. — Reuters pic
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates scoring their second goal against Espanyol at the Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, December 7, 2019. — Reuters pic

MADRID, Dec 7 — Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Karim Benzema scored in each half to earn a comfortable 2-0 win over Espanyol that sent their team provisionally top of La Liga on Saturday.

Madrid were not at their best but moved three points clear of rivals Barcelona, who host Real Mallorca in the late game.

Varane broke the deadlock in the 37th minute after a quiet opening to the game, with Benzema setting up the defender to neatly slot the ball home.

Benzema missed two good chances but got the second goal from close range in the 79th before Madrid defender Ferland Mendy was sent off four minutes later for a second yellow card. — Reuters

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