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First Division - Day 4

Real Madrid 3 - Espanyol 0

Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo; Lass, Xavi Alonso; Di María (Arbeloa 63'), Özil (Khedira 63'), Cristiano Ronaldo; Higuaín (Benzema 80'). 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Kameni; Chica, Galán, Forlín, David García (Didac 46'); Molina, Duscher; Luis García, Verdú, Callejón (Javi López 84'); Sergio García (Alvaro Vázquez 73'). 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 28. Ronaldo (penalty). After Ronaldo free kick hit Luis García on arm in area.
2-0. 79. Higuaín. Ran on to Ronaldo cross and steered shot low past Kameni.
3-0. 86. Benzema. Picked up Lass pass and dummied before shooting past keeper.

Yellow cards: Carvalho 16', Marcelo 22', Luis García 26', Pepe 55', 59', Verdú 63', Forlín 79', 88' / red cards: Pepe 59', Galán 62', Forlín 88'.

Real Madrid kicked off an intense programme of midweek games with a 3-0 win over Espanyol on Tuesday night. Callejón fired an early shot just wide on his return to the Bernabeu, and Di María brought a good save out of Kameni in reply. Otherwise though there was little action until Luis García blocked a Cristiano Ronaldo free kick with his hand midway through the first half which referee Clos Gómez considered to be deliberate, Ronaldo converting the kick at the second attempt after the referee ordered a retake.

Just before half time David García was carried off to add to Espanyol's ever growing injury list, but the visitors continued to push for the equaliser, with Sergio García in particular going close a couple of times after the restart. With an hour on the clock Madrid were left with ten men when Pepe picked up two bookings in five minutes for fouls on Callejón, but less than a minute later numbers were evened up when Galán was shown a straight red for a hard tackle on Ronaldo.

Even so Mourinho carried out the two defensive substitutions he had already planned, and with ten minutes to go his side made it two, Higuaín collection Ronaldo's cross and steering a shot inside Kameni's near post. The keeper did well save from Ronaldo a couple of minutes later, but he do nothing with four minutes to go when substitute Benzema picked up a short pass from Lass and sent two defenders the wrong way with a dummied shot before stabbing the ball in to the net.

Two minutes later Forlín was also sent off for a second bookable offence, and it was all over. Mourinho's Madrid are slowly getting in to gear, and they move to the top of the table pending Valencia and Sevilla's games in the next couple of days.