Bale benched for Real Madrid-Espanyol

Doug Mendoza
September 25, 2018

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says that his team will not participate in the 's scheme to play regular-season matches in the United States.

Julen Lopetegui celebrated his 101st day in charge of the Real Madrid with a narrow 1-0 win at home to Espanyol.

When asked who he thinks deserves to be called the best player in the world, Lopetegui told reporters: "You said it yourself, I don't believe much in individual prizes".

The organisation's president, Javier Tebas, is working on getting permission from the Spanish Footballers' Association, the Royal Spanish Football Federation and other organisations to play Girona's home game against Barcelona in Miami on January 26.

Roma did not completely wilt after conceding again and it took an impressive save from Keylor Navas to deny the lively Under, as the Costa Rican goalkeeper justified his inclusion in the team after briefly losing his place to Thibaut Courtois.

"Espanyol sat deep but also attacked". The first sprung from a poor header from Raphael Varane but Pablo Piatti dragged his finish wide.

Perez's vicious drive following a swift counter rebounded off Courtois straight to the unmarked Piatti, but he was thwarted by Casemiro's brilliant last-ditch tackle as he shaped to shoot.

The Whites had a few headaches to worry about on the night, a lot of them being from a defensive point of view.

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But it ended in a odd sequence that began with Garoppolo taking a hard hit from Steven Nelson along the sideline. After the game, teammates wandered from the locker room into an adjacent training room to check on Garoppolo.

The only goal of the match was scored by Spain worldwide Marco Asensio four minutes before half time as he drilled in a low shot into the keeper's left-hand corner.

Real spurned numerous other chances but struggled for fluency against dogged opponents, who struck the frame of the goal through Borja Iglesias in the second half.

Ronaldo has since scored two goals in his first five appearances for Juventus and was sent off on his Champions League debut for the club on Wednesday night.

The result was all but secure when Getafe's Ivan Alejo was sent off shortly after the hour for a risky tackle on Saul Niguez.

Espanyol coach Rubi said he was pleased with his side's display, but was disappointed they left the Bernabeu without a point.

"I'm feeling better after having gone through the physical and mental strain of the World Cup", said Modric, who led Croatia to the final in Russian Federation.

There was no doubt about the second after half-time.

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