Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos,
Carvalho (Varane 46'), Marcelo; Khedira, Xabi Alonso; Özil
(Callejón 68'), Kaká, Cristiano Ronaldo; Higuaín (Morata
Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López, Raúl Rodríguez (Jordi Amat 60'), Héctor Moreno, Didac; Forlín, Romaric; Coutinho (Raúl Baena 46'), Verdú, Weiss; Alvaro Vázquez (Sergio García 46'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 23. Ronaldo. Drilled angled shot past Casilla after Higuaín put him through.
2-0. 38. Khedira. Picked up Özil's return pass and fired low shot past keeper.
3-0. 47. Higuaín. Ran on to Kaká pass and struck shot inside Kiko's near post.
4-0. 66. Kaká. Collected ball from Higuaín and clipped angled shot in off post.
5-0. 78. Higuaín. Connected with Kaká square pass and poked shot past keeper.
Yellow cards: Carvalho 30', Romaric 52', Forlín 55', Raúl Baena 82'.
Real Madrid maintain the ten point gap over second placed Barcelona after a convincing 5-0 victory over Espanyol on Sunday. Romaric tried his luck early on, and Coutinho brought a good save out of Iker Casillas a few minutes later, but otherwise the Catalans hardly troubled the local keeper. Midway through the first half Özil intercepted a Raúl Rodríguez pass and played the ball through for Higuaín to set up Ronaldo for the opening goal, and a quarter of an hour later Khedira collected Özil's return pass and ran through to score the second. Only a couple of good saves by Kiko Casilla prevented Higuaín and Ronaldo from adding to the scoreline, but just a couple of minutes in to the second half Higuaín latched on to Kaká's pass to fire home the third. The two combined again twice more after that, Higuaín turning Ronaldo's pass back for Kaká to beat Casilla from a wide angle, and Kaká laying the ball across for Higuaín to poke home his second of the night. It could have been more had Casilla not kept out efforts from Ronaldo, Higuaín and substitute Morata, but with 22 wins and 85 goals in their first 25 league games, Madrid are already re-writing the record books.