Espanyol 2-1 Real Madrid
Former Real Madrid player Raúl de Tomás opened the scoring with a close range strike after good play down the right by Adrián Embarba. The home side took a 1-0 lead into the half-time break.
On the hour-mark, Aleix Vidal nutmegged Nacho, before firing past Thibaut Courtois to double his side’s lead. Karim Benzema brought Madrid back into the game with 20 minutes remaining on the clock.
Espanyol midfielder Sergi Darder had a wonderful chance to wrap it up but he sent his effort wide of Courtois’ post. Darder was exceptional for Vicente Moreno’s side and deserved to put the game to bed, however, Madrid kept pushing for an equaliser.
Eden Hazard scored a fine volley late on, but Benzema, who assisted the Belgian, was offside in the build-up. Espanyol held out to record an important home win over Los Blancos.