Three points for Madrid after seeing off Espanyol in a 2-0 win with goals from Rafael Varane and striker Karim Benzema to move them top of the Laliga league table.
Karim Benzema scored and picked up an assist as Real Madrid recorded a cushty win over Espanyol however were right down to ten men for the final stages when Ferland Mendy was sent off.
Benzema created French team-mate Raphael Varane for the opener and created it 2-0 with simply over ten minutes to go.
The striker additionally wasted a large probability within the half, striking it straight at keeper Diego Lopez from shut range.
Mendy was shown a second yellow card within the 82nd minute for a rash challenge.
The triumph moves Real Madrid 3 points further from Barcelona at the highest of the La Liga table before Ernesto Valverde’s facet withstand Mallorca later on weekday.
Real were well the better team, though Espanyol did equal within the half once Esteban Granero’s header was palmed away by Thibaut Courtois, seconds before Vinicius Junior raced up the opposite finish and made a save out of Lopez.
The hosts lost various possibilities to increase their lead before Benzema created it 2-0 – Vinicius having 3 shots heading in the right direction, whereas Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde came close.
Brazilian Vinicius, 19, was a continuing threat on the left, linking up with Benzema and inflicting issues for Espanyol’s defense.
He replaced Wales international Gareth Bale within the beginning line-up, with the winger not within the squad when learning a hamstring downside.
Real Madrid was additionally taking part in in an unacquainted with inexperienced kit – the first time they need done therefore at the Bernabeu – to point out support for the COP25 climate summit in Madrid.