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"It's difficult to go through this from the inside" — Nacho

Had little else to do but always looked comfortable. "At no point in the second half did we do well". "But this is football, we lost today, and must think now about the next game". Bale trudged off in the 81st minute and Gerard finally got the goal he deserved, catching Sergio Garcia's cross perfectly with a brilliant shot that sailed past Navas and into the corner. His distribution was efficient and eye-catching.

Real manager Zinedine Zidane felt the need to change his tactics and selection, and Karim Benzema entered from the bench as the visitors struggled to impact the result. The defender rose high in the box to head towards the Madrid goal, but the 22-year-old could only watch as his effort hit the woodwork. "It's tough but we'll bounce back". Replaced by Granero midway through the second half.

After the break Oscar Duarte clipped the bar before Moreno's last minute strike secured a victory that took Espanyol up to 13th place with 31 points after their first win in eight games.

Top of the list is likely to be a consistent, top-class goalkeeper. Otherwise wasted possession in a few promising positions.

Moreno 9 - Comfortably the game's best performer, capping an excellent display with a superb finish for the winner.

Real Madrid's hopes of reaching the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League rest heavily on Cristiano Ronaldo.

"Cristiano is one of the best players in the history of soccer". Subs - Granero 5, Baptistao 6. Tired near the end.

"I played lots in my home, with my team, with my friends". With La Liga out of reach and the Copa gone, they knew it was their last chance to claim some credit - and also some silverware - at the end of this season and it appeared that the focus and the drive had returned. "You have to take the bad times when they come, though".

"Yeah, just having fun with the kids". Came off for the last two minutes.

The former Real Madrid custodian was a solid presence at the back. "Their identity is totally bound up with the European Cup".

"Anybody could go all the way if they put their mind to it, anything is possible". Like most of his teammates, not enough impact. Subs - Benzema 5, Ceballos 5, Mayoral. If there was ever one game which can be marked down as the beginning of an era of unprecedented dominance, this was arguably it.

Reaching injury time Madrid's defence started looking vulnerable in the closing stages.