Espanyol vs. Real Madrid – Football Match Report – October 3, 2021


Real Madrid’s struggles continued as they suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Espanyol on Sunday.

Raul de Tomas and former Barcelona player Aleix Vidal scored for the Catalan club.

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Karim Benzema recovered a goal for Madrid, but they failed to equalize and suffered their first La Liga loss of the season.

“We weren’t comfortable. We conceded early and that makes the game more difficult for you,” said Madrid defender Nacho. “They have supported us a lot, and we have to work on our defensive play and that will come with the games.

“We are missing a number of players, but we still have a good team and we should be doing better than in our last three games. We have to improve at the back and react.”

The result ends a bad week for Carlo Ancelotti’s men after also suffering a surprise loss to Sheriff in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Madrid dominated possession early on but fell behind after 23 minutes when de Tomas scored from close range.

The visitors also struggled to make their dominance count in the second half, and Espanyol doubled their lead on the hour mark when Vidal crushed Nacho and shot Thibaut Courtois.

Benzema brought Madrid back into the game 11 minutes later with a clinical finish in the bottom corner.

With six minutes to go, Madrid believed they had equalized through Eden Hazard, but his goal was ruled out for offside.

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