Espanyol and Real Madrid faced off for the 32nd Matchday at the Estadio Cornella-El Prat. Brazilian Casemiro scored a late first-half goal to secure a simple 1-0 away win over Espanyol in the Spanish League. Zinedine Zidane’s men went to 71 La Liga points, two points clear of runner-up Barcelona.

Hosts Espanyol desperately needed the three points, as they are currently fighting against relegation. Thus, they kicked-off the game with an aggressive stance and gave Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois quite a hard time under the half-hour mark.

On the verge of the break, though, Real Madrid reached the winner as Frenchman Karim Benzema backheeled it to Casemiro, who fired it home to score an important goal for visitors Madrid.

Going to the break at 1-0 up, Zidane’s side tried to administrate the match, but also counted on luck to get away with the three points. Espanyol’s Victor Gomez crossed to Wu Lei, who struck for Courtois’ save. Raul De Tomas had also some chances to grab the equalizer for hosts Espanyol, but in the end, the scoring remained unaltered, as Real Madrid distanced themselves from Barcelona at the top of the Spanish league.

Following the 1-0 win, Real Madrid opened up a two-point lead off La Liga runners-up Barcelona. The next clash of the current leader is at home, on Thursday, against the sixth-placed Getafe. While Espanyol remains in the last position of the table and will face Real Sociedad, seventh place, for the 33rd Gameweek of the Spanish La Liga.

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