It was a tough first half for Zinedine Zidane’s side but Rodriguez’s excellent strike finally gave them the lead before Benzema wrapped up the win in the second half. From then onwards, it was relatively plain sailing and Espanyol were unable to find much joy on the rare occasions that they were able to push forward.
Real Madrid substitutes: Yanez, Varane, Danilo, Kroos, Kovacic, Isco, Morata.
Real Madrid XI (4-3-3): Casilla; Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Rodriguez; Lucas Vazquez, Benzema, Asensio.
Espanyol substitutes: Jimenez, Demichelis, Duarte, Jose Antonio Reyes, Caicedo, Alvaro Vazquez, Diego Reyes.
Espanyol XI (4-4-2): Diego Lopez; Javi Lopez, David Lopez, Duarte, Sanchez; Perez, Diop, Roca, Piatti; Baptistao, Moreno.