Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says the game was tough after the first 20 minutes, but the effort his players put in produced rewards in the end. Ancelotti says the depth of the squad is really important when asked about Rodrygo coming on and setting up Benzema for the second goal.
Espanyol vs. Real Madrid final result
1H 2H Final
Espanyol 1 0 1
Real Madrid 1 2 3
REA – Vinicius Junior – 12 mins.
ESP – Joselu – 44 mins.
REA – Karim Benzema – 88 mins
REA – Karim Benzema – 90+10 mins
FULL TIME: Espanyol 1-3 Real Madrid – The final scoreline doesn’t quite tell full the story of the whole match. Espanyol pushed Real Madrid all the way, but the quality of Benzema told in the end. A very entertaining match!
90+10 mins: GOAL! Espanyol 1 Real Madrid 3 (90+10′ Benzema) – Cabrera goes in goal as Espanyol have used all their subs and Benzema lashes home the freekick from the edge of the box. There was nothing the outfielder could do to stop that one from finding the net!
90+6 mins: RED CARD! Lecomte has been sent off for a foul on Ceballos. VAR was used to spot that foul. The goal won’t count, but Real Madrid have been awarded a freekick on the edge of the box and the Espanyol goalkeeper has been sent off.
90+4 mins: DISALLOWED! Rodrygo has the ball in the back of the net, but the flag is up for an offside and the goal won’t count in the end.
Benzema has now scored 28 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid in 2022. No player in any of European football’s big five leagues has scored more than the Frenchman, underlining the level at which he is operating right now. Even when he is below par, as he was for much of this match, he can be the one who makes the biggest contribution.