Real Madrid make La Liga history with Espanyol win

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But as always, we don't like taking any risks when players have minor injury problems.

Florentino Perez heaped praise on four-time Ballon d'Or victor Cristiano Ronaldo, labelling him the symbol of Real Madrid for his talent and ambition, while he also lauded Zinedine Zidane. However, they dropped crucial points in the opening three matches, with two draws, which gave arch-rivals Barcelona crucial early foothold in the title, with the gap only increasing with the shocking home defeat against Real Betis.

Wales forward Gareth Bale faces a late fitness test before Real Madrid's La Liga game against Espanyol on Sunday. The 25-year-old could've given Real the lead within the game's first minute, but apart from having that one-on-one effort well-saved, the attacking midfielder had one of the finest individual performances in all of Europe this season.

If Barcelona play their match at home to Las Palmas - which is in doubt due to the Catalunya referendum today - they are set to heap more pressure on Los Blancos.

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Ronaldo made his comments after scoring twice in Real Madrid's 3-1 win at Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage early last week. Further bad news followed as Madrid lost defender Marcelo to injury - a huge addition to a list that already contained the names of the likes of Benzema, Kroos, Kovacic, Vallejo, and Theo Hernandez.

Madrid levelled nine minutes before half-time when Sergio Ramos's towering header was parried by Raul Fernandez, but Lucas Vazquez bundled home the rebound.

"In the last camp Gareth came to us and he's probably fitter now than he was then", Coleman said. They are looking for another couple of wins now too.

Madrid kept making and missing chances, and had a let-off at the other end when Gerard Moreno hit the post just before half-time following a Casemiro mistake. Isco also scored the second goal. "I see Real Madrid strong, with a great team, a great squad".

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