Real Madrid finally win at home thanks to Isco double

Ashley Carr
October 2, 2017

Gareth Bale is a notable absentee from Real Madrid's 18-man squad to face Espanyol, with the Welshman having failed to shake off a knock.

This was Real Madrid's fourth home game of the new league season, yet this was the first time they had claimed three points.

Portuguese global Cristiano Ronaldo provided the superb assist for the 25-year-old Spaniard who curled the ball at the far corner of the post. "But here we do not like to take risks if a player has something small".

The global break may be seen as well-timed for Real in that regard, giving Zidane a fortnight to reassess their start to the campaign ahead of their trip to Getafe on October 14.

"I am happy that he has renewed", he said.

"We have to prove ourselves again every day".

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"I'm not going to get involved in issues between the club and Cristiano Ronaldo, but I don't think that there's any problem between them", Zidane said.

Isco should have sent Real Madrid ahead inside the first 20 seconds after meeting a through pass from Sergio Ramos, but the Spaniard could not find a route past Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez.

Benzema will miss out on Sunday with a knee injury, while Bale is doubtful after picking up a slight muscle problem in Germany and with left backs Marcelo and Theo Hernandez also absent, along with midfielder, Mateo Kovacic, Nacho Fernandez will continue on the left of the Madrid defense. With Gareth Bale a doubt as well, things will revolve around Ronaldo and he simply has to deliver - a situation in which he thrives.

At a time when the Spanish and European champions are struggling for form at home, Isco was the one who took on the responsibility to drive Real Madrid forward, delivering with a double. However, Madrid have yet to win at the Bernabeu this season, and Espanyol have pulled off some impressive draws this season.

For all of Real Madrid's dominance in the first period, Espanyol came close to levelling in the 44th minute when the ball broke for Moreno inside the home side's penalty box, but the striker's effort rebounded off the foot of the post.

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