Estadi Cornella-El Prat

Referee: Carlos Clos Gomez | Attendance: 32000

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Real Madrid

  • Karim Benzema 15'

Benzema grabs slender lead

Benzema headed home the only goal of the night at Espnayol.

Real Madrid earned a narrow first-leg lead in their Copa Del Rey quarterfinal against Espanyol, winning 1-0 at Estadi Cornella-El Prat.

Karim Benzema scored the only goal in the 15th minute, heading home at the far post after Alvaro Arbeloa's cross was flicked on.

Espanyol improved in the second half and Sergio Garcia went close from distance while Iker Casillas had to make a superb one-on-one save from Jhon Cordoba late on to preserve his side's first-leg lead.

The second leg takes place next Tuesday at the Bernabeu.

This week's remaining first-leg games see Barcelona travel to Levante and Real Sociedad host Racing Santander tomorrow while, on Thursday, Atletico Madrid face Athletic Bilbao.

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Scoring Summary

  • Espanyol
  • Real Madrid

Match Stats

  • Espanyol
  • Real Madrid
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
2 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0


  • Espanyol
  • Real Madrid
Xabi Alonso for Ángel Di María (73')
Isco for Karim Benzema (77')
Jese for Gareth Bale (90 + 1')
Yellow Cards
Sergio Ramos (72')