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First Division - Day 35

Espanyol 1 - Real Madrid 1

Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López, Colotto, Héctor Moreno, Capdevila; Forlín, Víctor Sánchez; Stuani, Verdú (Simao 81'), Wakaso (Raúl Baena 92'); Sergio García. 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Diego López; Varane (Xabi Alonso 18'), Raúl Albiol, Carvalho, Nacho; Essien, Modric; Di María, Kaká (Ronaldo 56'), Morata (Benzema 46'); Higuaín. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 22. Stuani. Turned shot past Diego López after Sergio García laid back corner.
1-1. 57. Higuaín. Got above defence to head long Modric free kick on past Casilla.

Yellow cards: Stuani 29', Essien 41', Verdú 50', Wakaso 61', Xabi Alonso 64', Modric 68', Carvalho 70', Raúl Albiol 75', Forlín 79', Ronaldo 79' / red cards: Víctor Sánchez 90'.

Barcelona are this year's league champions, second placed Real Madrid unable to catch them in the table after they were held to a 1-1 draw at Espanyol! With little to play for Mourinho rested several key players for next Friday's Copa del Rey final, and he also lost Varane to an injury early on. Kiko Casilla still had to save from Morata and Di María in the opening minutes, but midway through the first half the locals went ahead, Stuani turning a shot past Diego López after Forlín headed on Verdú's corner, and Sergio García turned the ball back from the far post. Five minutes later Stuani shot straight at the keeper when free on goal, and a minute after that Héctor Moreno headed another corner in to the net only for referee Iglesias Villanueva to rule it out for what he considered to be a previous foul. Mourinho brought on Benzema at the break though and Ronaldo a few minutes later, and Ronaldo won a wide free kick almost immediately which Modric floated in for Higuaín to head the equaliser. But Casilla saved from Ronaldo and Benzema after that, and although Víctor Sánchez was sent off for a hrad tackle on Higuaín near the end, the visitors were unable to get the goal they needed to keep the championship alive for a little longer at least.