Real Madrid 2-2 Espanyol: La Liga as It Happened
La Liga Final Score: Real Madrid 2-2 Espanyol, Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Goals: 32' Garcia, 88' Albin (Esp), 45+2' Ronaldo, 49' Coentrao (Rea)
Espanyol: Casilla, Moreno, Lopez, Colotto, Delgado, Sanchez, Forlin, Simao, Mubarak, Garcia, Verdu. Subs: Rodriguez, Capdevilla, Baena, Albin, Alfonso, Stuani, German.
90+4'- The final whistle blows and boos ring out around the Bernabeu.
A heroic performance from a relegation-threatened Espanyol side saw Real fail to capitilise on what should have been an easy three points.
An early Sergio Garcia goal had put the Catalan club on their way, but strikes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Fabio Coentrao either side of half time gave Real a false sense of security.
But Juan Albin's late leveller sent the home fans away unhappy.
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90+2' Morata breaks into the Espanyol half, but he is stopped dead by a fantastic challenge by Moreno.
All hands to the pump as Coentrao then tries to run clear of his marker but is foiled.
Real Madrid 2-2 Espanyol
90'- Alonso swings in a corner, but Casilla again comes out to claim.
Three minutes of added time for Real to score, but Espanyol perhaps deserve a point for their enterprising performance today.
88'- GOAL ESPANYOL!
Crazy scenes at the Bernabeu as Espanyol grab an unlikely equaliser!
There is a round of head tennis in the Real area that eventually falls at the feet of Juan Albin and he sidefoots home past Casillas.
87'- Ronaldo fires a volley from 30 yards out at goal, but Casilla saves easily. Decent effort from the Portuguese forward, but very, very ambitious.
85'- Arbeloa gives away a free kick in his own half, but Espanyol can't capitalise as Albin flicks the set piece miles over Casillas' goal.
A half chance for the Catalan side that perhaps should have been scored.
Real Madrid 2-1 Espanyol
83'- More sideways passing from the home side as they seek to pass this one to death.
Real have looked impressive in flashes today, but overall it's been a rather subdued performance from the defending champions.
81'- Real Madrid look content to play keep-ball in their own half for now, but lose the ball with lackadaisical passing.
Cristiano Ronaldo then enters the referee's book for lashing out in frustration.
79'- In classic Di Maria style, he beats two men with tremendous skill, but his subsequent pass to Khedira is poor and Espanyol clear.
Still, the Argentine winger's impact on this game may have been the difference for Real as they take a lead into the final ten minutes of the game.
76'- Morata almost scores with his first touch as the striker's header from point blank range is blocked for a corner.
Real had appealed for a penalty moments earlier for handball, but the referee deemed Colotto's offense accidental.
75'- Alfaro Morata then comes on for Callejon as Mourinho gives the young striker fifteen minutes to impress.
Time ticking away for Espanyol, but you just never know with the lead only a single goal.
73'- The ball drops for Callejon within the Espanyol area, but the forward can't get enough purchase on the volley, and Casilla easily claims.
Jose Callejon has not influenced this game much today, but you couldn't fault his work rate.
71'- Xabi Alonso earns a yellow card for a late challenge on Forlin.
Meanwhile, Albin comes on for the lively Verdu for Espanyol. A rather strange substitution for the away side as he's been their most creative threat going forward.
69'- Espanyol win a corner, but the resulting set piece drifts high over the Real area and almost goes out for a throw on the opposite flank.
Twenty minutes left for the relegation-threatened side to grab an unlikely equaliser.
67'- Sergio Garcia breaks into the Real box, crosses towards substitute Christian Alonso, but Sergio Ramos clears well.
That came from nothing for Espanyol, and should serve as a warning for the home side that they may need to score a third to win the game.
65'- Real in total control at present as Khedira forcefully tackles Verdu near halfway.
The home side have looked a completely different team in this second half, having been found wanting in the first.
63'- A fantastic link up between national teammates Ozil and Khedira sees the latter fed clear, but the impressive Casilla once again comes off his line to stop a certain goal.
Real Madrid 2-1 Espanyol
60'- The game seems to have slowed for a moment as some midfield passes go astray.
Here's a familiar face! Capdevilla comes on as Espanyol tries to stop all the leaking at the back.
58'- Espanyol have a rare foray into the Real half, but are themselves caught on the counter attack as Real win the ball back quickly.
Callejon feeds Di Maria into space, his cross towards Ronaldo is good, but the forward swings and misses as he attempts to volley home a third for Real.
55'- Di Maria fires powerfully from outside the area, his shot is deflected and almost beats Casilla, but rebounds back off the post.
The winger has come out for the second half with a real point to prove, and has been excellent so far.
54'- Di Maria is now fed clear down the left channel, but Casilla is out quickly and foils the substitute.
Espanyol are wilting now under the lights of the Santiago Bernabeu.
52'- Real immediately go back on the hunt for a third as Callejon has a low shot well saved by Casilla.
Espanyol have a mountain to climb now as all their enterprising first half play looks to have been for nothing.
Real Madrid 2-1 Espanyol
49'- GOAL REAL MADRID!
A fantastic goal for the home side as Fabio Coentrao strikes soon after half time.
Cristiano Ronaldo turns sharply on the edge of the Espanyol penalty area before playing a delightul reverse pass to the full-back. Coentrao then controls and shoots in one swift motion and Casilla is beaten.
48'- Di Maria gets his first touches of the game as he breaks clear down the right wing. His cross is headed clear, but a bright start for the Argentine winger.
With Barcelona and Atletico Madrid meeting later tonight, Real know that at least one of their rivals will drop points.
46'- We're back out for the second half and it seems that Jose Mourinho has been compelled into making a change.
Angel Di Maria comes on for Luka Modric in attack.
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