First Division - Day 8

Espanyol 2 - Real Madrid 1

Espanyol: Kameni; Zabaleta, Torrejón, Jarque, Clemente; Valdo, Moisés Hurtado, Lola Smiljanic, Riera (Lacruz 92'); Luis García (Jonatas 88'), Tamudo (Jonathan 83'). 4-4-2.
Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Cannavaro, Metzelder, Marcelo; Diarra (Gago 85'), Guti; Higuaín (Soldado 72'), Raúl, Sneijder (Drenthe 61'); Van Nistelrooy. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Espanyol: Zabaleta, Clemente for Lacruz, Chica / Madrid: Metzelder, Higuaín for Heinze, Robben.

1-0. 02. Riera. Got above defence to head Luis García corner inside near post.
2-0. 53. Tamudo. Controlled Valdo pass and chipped shot over head of Casillas.
2-1. 90. Sergio Ramos. Got on end of Guti's corner to poke shot past Kameni.

Real Madrid's unbeaten record this season ended when they lost 2-1 to an Espanyol side who in their last three games had clocked up consecutive victories against Sevilla, Deportivo and Valencia. Spanish internationals Riera and Tamudo got the goals for the Catalans at the beginning of each half, the first a header from Luis García's corner with the game just over a minute old. Tamudo could have added a second when he slid the ball wide a few minutes later, and Madrid's only efforts before the break were a shot from Raúl which Kameni dealt with comfortably, and a penalty appeal by Van Nistelrooy which was rewarded with a yellow card for diving.

A few minutes in to the second half Tamudo put the game beyond Madrid's reach with a delightful chip over the head of Casillas. Luis García shot wide and Kameni fisted out a header from Van Nistelrooy at the other end, but Casillas prevented the scoreline from increasing further with a point blank stop from Tamudo. Bernd Schuster's side did finally get one back when Sergio Ramos poked the ball wide of the keeper from Guti's last minute corner, but it came too late to change the result. They do however stay top of the table after second placed Barcelona lost earlier in the evening.