STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Real Madrid equals Barcelona's winning record in Spain

Madrid maintained a three-point lead over Barcelona with its fourth straight league victory this season.

Published: 19th September 2016 11:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th September 2016 04:46 PM   |  A+A-

real madrid_AP

Real Madrid's Karim Benzema, left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Espanyol and Real Madrid. ( AP)

By PTI

MADRID: Real Madrid equaled a record set by rival Barcelona as James Rodriguez and Karim Benzema scored in a 2-0 defeat of Espanyol on Sunday in the Spanish league.

It was the 16th straight league win for Madrid, going back to last season, matching Pep Guardiola's Barcelona in the 2010-11 season.

Madrid maintained a three-point lead over Barcelona with its fourth straight league victory this season.

Celta Vigo and Valencia remained winless, while Villarreal stayed near the top thanks to a spectacular goal from near the halfway line by Italian striker Nicola Sansone.

Madrid's victory came despite the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, who were rested by coach Zinedine Zidane.

"What is important is to keep adding points," Madrid goalkeeper Kiko Casilla said. "We are happy because we won again and stayed in the lead."

Madrid is the only team to have won four straight to start the league. Barcelona won 5-1 at Leganes on Saturday to rebound from a 2-1 home loss to Alaves a week ago. Atletico Madrid routed Sporting Gijon 5-0 to win its second consecutive match and reach eight points, behind third-place Las Palmas, the league's early surprise team.

Rodriguez opened the scoring by converting a penalty kick in first-half injury time and Benzema sealed the away victory from close range in the 71st minute.

Stay up to date on all the latest Sport news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp