MADRID. Real Madrid was capable to reverse the scoreline against Espanyol. It was Espanyol to score first with a goal from Joselu. However, later Real Madrid found the way to turn the tables scoring 3 consecutive goals with Vinicius Junior (23′), Éder Militão (39′) and Marco Asensio (90′). Real Madrid was truly superior in terms of ball possession (70%) and that was among the factors of its victory.
The match was played at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu stadium in Madrid on Saturday and it started at 2:00 pm local time. The referee was Jorge Figueroa Vázquez assisted by Álvaro Yeray Carreño Cabrera and Aitor Villate Martínez. The 4th official was Alfonso Vicente Moral. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was pleasant at 19.5 degrees Celsius or 67.14 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 52%.
- ! 70 Ball Possession 30
- 22 Total 10
- 7 On Target 3
- 7 Off Target 4
- 8 Shots blocked 3
- 130 Attack 70
- 85 Dangerous attack 15
- 82 Ball safe 74
- 0 Penalties 0
- 7 Corners 4
- 13 Total 16
- 3 Yellow Cards 2
- 0 Double Yellow 0
- 0 Red Card 0
- 4 Substitutions 5
Real Madrid had a strong ball possession 70% while Espanyol was struggling with a 30% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Real Madrid was putting more pressure with 85 dangerous attacks and 22 shots of which 7 were on target. This is one of the reasons why Real Madrid won the match.
Real Madrid shot 22 times, 7 on target, 7 off target. Talking about the opposition, Espanyol shot 10 times, 3 on target, 4 off target.
Real Madrid received 3 yellow cards (Vinicius Junior, Dani Ceballos and Daniel Carvajal). Talking about the opposition, Espanyol received 2 yellow cards (Leandro Cabrera and Óscar Gil).
After playing this contest, Real Madrid will have 56 points to sit in the 2nd place. On the other side, Espanyol will stay with 27 points like Cádiz to sit in the 14th place.
In the next match in the La Liga, Real Madrid will host Real Valladolid on the 2nd of April with a 13-1 head to head statistic in favor of Real Madrid (3 draws).
Espanyol will host Celta de Vigo on the 18th of March with a 11-6 head to head in favor of Espanyol (11 draws).
Real Madrid – Formation
Real Madrid started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
The manager Carlo Ancelotti decided to play with the following team: Thibaut Courtois, Daniel Carvajal , Éder Militão , Nacho Fernández , Eduardo Camavinga , Luka Modrić , Aurélien Tchouaméni , Toni Kroos , Federico Valverde , Rodrygo and Vinícius Júnior .
The home team had on the bench: Álvaro Daniel Rodríguez Muñoz, Lucas Vázquez Iglesias, Álvaro Odriozola Arzallus, Luis Federico López Andúgar, Eden Hazard, Mariano Díaz Mejía, Andriy Lunin, Jesús Vallejo Lázaro, Antonio Rüdiger, Dani Ceballos and Marco Asensio .
Real Madrid made 4 changes: Luka Modric for Asensio (72′), Toni Kroos for Dani Ceballos (74′), Aurélien Tchouameni for Antonio Rüdiger (74′) and Vinicius Junior for Álvaro Daniel Rodríguez Muñoz (90′).
Best player: Éder Militão
The most impressive player for Real Madrid was Éder Militão.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 62 passes (88% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 3 duels out of 4.
Espanyol – Formation
Espanyol started with a conservative line-up (4-4-2).
Diego Martínez Penas played with: Fernando Pacheco, Óscar Gil , César Montes , Sergi Gómez , Leandro Cabrera , Ruben Sanchez Saez , Vinícius Souza , José Gragera , Martin Braithwaite , Sergi Darder and Joselu .
These were the players on the bench: Fernando Calero Villa, Eduardo Expósito Jaén, Nicolás Melamed, Brian Oliván Herrero, Javi Puado, Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel , Álvaro Fernández, Dani Gómez, José Carlos Lazo, Denis Suárez , Aleix Vidal and Joan García.
Espanyol could not rely on the presence of Aleix Vidal (injured).
Espanyol made 5 changes: Óscar Gil for Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel (69′), Rubén Sánchez for Javi Puado (76′), José Gragera for Denis Suárez (77′), Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel for Aleix Vidal (84′) and Sergi Gómez for Nico Melamed (85′).
Best player: Joselu
The most impressive player for Espanyol was Joselu.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 15 passes (53% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 9 duels out of 16.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the La Liga.
- Celta de Vigo – Rayo Vallecano – 3-0
- Elche – Real Valladolid – 1-1
- Real Madrid – Espanyol – 3-1
- Valencia – Osasuna – 1-0