Saturday, 12 September 2015

Real Madrid trash Espanyol 6-0


Cristiano Ronaldo ended his goal drought in style here Saturday, scoring five times in Real Madrid's 6-0 rout of Espanyol in early-season Spanish-league action.
Ronaldo needed just seven minutes to open the scoring, taking a pass from Croatian midfielder Luka Modric and beating Pau Lopez with a shot that tipped off the goalkeeper's fingers and snuck inside the far post.

His second goal came 10 minutes later when he converted a penalty try after Welsh midfielder Gareth Bale was pushed to the ground in the area by defender Alvaro Gonzalez.
The offensive onslaught continued with yet another score in the 20th minute, when Ronaldo received a perfect pass from Bale near the mouth of Espanyol's goal and slammed a left-footed shot into the top of the net past Lopez.
The misery for the crowd at Cornella-El Prat Stadium in this northeastern town continued when French striker Karim Benzema tacked on another first-half goal in the 29th minute to make the score 4-0.
Two second-half goals by Ronaldo - assisted by Bale and ex-Espanyol player Lucas Vazquez in the 62nd minute and 80th minute, respectively - capped off the rout.
With its eighth consecutive win over Espanyol, Real Madrid temporarily grabbed sole possession of first place in La Liga with seven points after three games.

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