Real equal record with 16th straight league win

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REAL Madrid beat Es­panyol for a record-equalling 16th con­sec­u­tive win in Spain’s top di­vi­sion and moved three points clear at the top of La Liga.

Goals from James Ro­driguez and Karim Ben­zema gave them the win that matches the run of Pep Guardi­ola’s Barcelona side in the 2010-11 sea­son.

Real, with­out Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo for the trip to the Cor­nella-El Prat sta­dium, made it four wins from four this sea­son.

Barcelona are sec­ond on nine points. Re­live Real’s record-equalling win Wales for­ward Bale picked up a hip prob­lem in the 2-1 Cham­pi­ons League win at Sport­ing Lis­bon on Wed­nes­day, while Por­tuguese star Ronaldo was ruled out with flu.

Colom­bia for­ward Ro­driguez, who was linked with a move away from the Bern­abeu in the sum­mer, scored Real’s opener just be­fore the break.

Re­ceiv­ing the ball from Toni Kroos 30 yards from goal, Ro­driguez rode two chal­lenges be­fore shoot­ing low into the cor­ner past Diego Lopez.

Ben­zema dou­bled the lead on 70 min­utes, meet­ing Lu­cas Vazquez’s low cross for a sim­ple tap-in from close range.

The win main­tains Real’s un­beaten start to the sea­son and puts them on 12 points, ahead of Barcelona and Las Pal­mas on nine.

For­mer Wat­ford man­ager Quique Sanchez Flo­res has just two points from his open­ing four games since tak­ing over at Es­panyol in the sum­mer.— BBC.

Joey Bar­ton

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