Espanyol 2-1 Real Madrid: Real suffer first La Liga defeat


Raul de Tomas scores for Espanyol
Espanyol goalscorer Raul de Tomas played for Real Madrid between 2004 and 2019

Leaders Real Madrid lost their first game in La Liga this season as they were beaten at Espanyol.

Raul de Tomas gave the hosts a 17th-minute lead when he met Adrian Embarba’s low cross into the box.

Aleix Vidal added an excellent second, beating Nacho before firing past Thibaut Courtois on the hour mark.

Karim Benzema responded for Real with a fine finish into the bottom corner with 19 minutes left, but Carlo Ancelotti’s side could not find a late equaliser.

It is a second loss in a week for Real, who suffered a shock Champions League defeat by competition debutants Sheriff Tiraspol on Tuesday.

Ancelotti’s side are now winless in three games after being held to a goalless draw against Villarreal in their previous league outing.

Champions Atletico Madrid beat Barcelona 2-0 on Saturday to join Real at the top of La Liga on 17 points.

Benzema had three shots on target but all were comfortable for Espanyol goalkeeper Diego Lopez as Real trailed at half time, while Eder Militao glanced a header wide from a corner as Real initially dominated following the interval.

Benzema duly got his ninth goal in eight league games this season but Vidal’s strike proved decisive for an inspired Espanyol side.

Line-ups

Espanyol

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13López
  • 12GilBooked at 79minsSubstituted forViláat 81′minutes
  • 24Gómez
  • 4Cabrera
  • 3Pedrosa
  • 20Bare
  • 22VidalSubstituted forMelamedat 64′minutes
  • 14MelendoSubstituted forMorlanes Ariñoat 58′minutes
  • 10DarderSubstituted forLópezat 82′minutes
  • 23EmbarbaBooked at 11minsSubstituted forWuat 65′minutes
  • 11de Tomás

Substitutes

  • 6Morlanes Ariño
  • 7Wu
  • 15López
  • 16Morón
  • 17Vilá
  • 18Dimata
  • 19Vadillo
  • 21Melamed
  • 32Gracia Sánchez
  • 33García
  • 34García

Real Madrid

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Courtois
  • 17Vázquez
  • 3Militão
  • 6Nacho
  • 4Alaba
  • 8KroosSubstituted forCasemiroat 61′minutes
  • 15Valverde
  • 10ModricSubstituted forJovicat 61′minutes
  • 25CamavingaBooked at 29minsSubstituted forRodrygoat 45′minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 20Vinícius JúniorSubstituted forE Hazardat 72′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Vallejo
  • 7E Hazard
  • 13Lunin
  • 14Casemiro
  • 16Jovic
  • 21Rodrygo
  • 26López Andúgar
  • 35Gutiérrez

Referee:
Guillermo Cuadra Fernández

Attendance:
23,377

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