Karim Benzema’s magical piece of skill helped Real Madrid take three points away from the RCDE Stadium on Sunday night.
The 1-0 win takes Los Blancos two points clear of Barcelona at the top of LaLiga Santander with six matches left to play each.
Benzema‘s moment of brilliance was what settled the game against Espanyol as he found Casemiro with a Guti-esque backheel assist.
This was the latest in a long line of decisive displays from the Real Madrid striker, who is surely up there with Lionel Messi as the best player in LaLiga Santander this season.
Thibaut Courtois kept another clean sheet as he goes after the Zamora Trophy this campaign.
Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos provided the base of the defensive effort against Espanyol, with the former especially impressive.
Espanyol are falling further towards relegation from Spain’s top flight – something they haven’t experienced since 1993.
Chen Yansheng bought the club with Champions League ambitions, but now LaLiga SmartBank is becoming a very real possibility and almost an inevitability.
Rufete‘s side have six games to bridge the 10-point gap to safety.
Eden Hazard didn’t have his best night at Cornella.
He tried to link up with Benzema and Marcelo, but didn’t really look comfortable playing as the focal point of Real Madrid‘s attack.
After an eye-catching rabona, the Belgian was replaced by Vinicius with half an hour to go.