James, Benzema seal win for Madrid

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-19
Published : 19 Sep 2016, 10:52:39

James, Benzema guide Real Madrid to record-equalling Liga victory

Real Madrid beat Espanyol for a record-equalling 16th consecutive win in Spain's top division and moved three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Goals from James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema gave them the win that matches the run of Pep Guardiola's Barcelona side in the 2010-11 season, reports BBC.

Real, without Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo for Sunday’s trip to the Cornella-El Prat stadium, made it four wins from four this season.

Barcelona are second on nine points.

Wales forward Bale picked up a hip problem in the 2-1 Champions League win at Sporting Lisbon on Wednesday, while Portuguese star Ronaldo was ruled out with flu.

Colombia forward Rodriguez, who was linked with a move away from the Bernabeu in the summer, scored Real's opener just before the break.

Receiving the ball from Toni Kroos 30 yards from goal, Rodriguez rode two challenges before unleashing a low shot past Diego Lopez into the bottom corner.

Benzema doubled the lead on 70 minutes, meeting Lucas Vazquez's low cross for a simple tap-in from close range.

The win maintains Real's unbeaten start to the season and puts them on 12 points, ahead of Barcelona and Las Palmas on nine.

- TM
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