Real Madrid vs. Espanyol: Score, Highlights and Grades
Real Madrid was likely expecting better, but the team was only able to leave with a 2-2 draw against Espanyol.
The home team started the match with a little bit of a surprise.
In the 31st minute, Verdu played a perfect ball past the defense to Sergio Garcia, who was able to finish with only the goalkeeper in front of him.
The score remained 1-0 until just before the end of the first half. Cristiano Ronaldo finished a great cross from Sami Khedira to even things up before halftime.
Defender Fabio Coentrao then got the go-ahead goal a few minutes into the second half.
It seemed like this would be the final score, but Espanyol got the equalizer on a tip in from Juan Albin in the 88th minute.
Although Real Madrid controlled the possession for the majority of the game, each team will only leave with one point.
Real Madrid has not performed up to expectations in La Liga to this point.
The club entered the match in third place in the league with 32 points, 11 behind Barcelona for the top spot. The three losses in 15 games are more than the squad suffered all last season.
While the last month has been much better, there is a lot of ground to make up.
The Spanish powerhouse had a chance to do that against one of the bottom teams in the league table.
Espanyol came into the week as the No. 19 team out of 20 in the league. Even playing at home has not helped, as the team only had a 1-4-3 record.
Unfortunately, this is a disappointing finish for one of the world's top clubs.
Things get tougher for Real Madrid as the club must travel to Malaga on Dec. 22.
Espanyol has a midweek battle against Deportivo La Coruna.
Sergio Garcia opens up the scoring for Espanyol.
Cristiano Ronaldo gets the equalizer for Real Madrid.
Fabio Coentrao put Real Madrid ahead with this goal in the second half.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid: A-
Scoring is nothing new for Ronaldo, who now has 14 during the league season. However, this was a complete game for the star player.
He scored on a nice cross from Khedira, and then later got an assist on the team's second goal.
In addition, his presence simply creates problems for defenses. He missed some attempts, but just taking nine shots causes the focus to be on him and it frees up space for other players throughout the match.
Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid: C
Allowing an opposing player to get as open as Sergio Garcia did is simply unacceptable in this type of contest.
Sergio Ramos and Pepe could do nothing but chase the runner and watch him score.
In addition, Ramos committed two bad fouls and gave Espanyol chances to even the match.
This was not the best game for this talented defender.
Fransico Casilla, Espanyol: B
There is not much you can do as a goalkeeper under this much pressure.
Real Madrid controlled the ball for most of the match and continually made things difficult for Francisco Casilla.
The keeper allowed two goals, but had to overcome 29 shots, including 10 on net. In addition, the opponent was able to attempt 11 corner kicks.
Considering the circumstances, Casilla did a pretty good job.
Sergio Garcia, Espanyol: A
Scoring a goal against this talented defense is nothing to scoff at. The forward took a nice pass and was able to finish with an outstanding shot to the left side of the net.
In addition, he was able to keep pressure on the defense throughout the match. He got off four good shots, two of them being on net, and also drew two fouls.
His effort was a big reason that his squad stayed in the game and eventually left with a draw.
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