Espanyol 0-2 Real Madrid: James & Benzema strike to give Merengue victory
Zinedine Zidane’s team further stretched their record-breaking winning run after the Colombia international opened the scoring, while Benzema put the result beyond doubt
Real Madrid maintained their 100 per cent record this season despite Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale sitting out the 2-0 La Liga win at Espanyol.
Coach Zinedine Zidane ruled Ronaldo and Bale out of the trip to the Estadi Cornella-El Prat due to illness and a hip injury respectively, while he handed a first start of the season to James Rodriguez.
That call was rewarded in first-half stoppage time as the Colombia playmaker fashioned space to open the scoring with an unerring 25-yard strike.