Real Madrid beat Espanyol 2-0 as Karim Benzema scored and made an assist as 10 Madrid claim confortable three points at home.

Benzema set up French team-mate Raphael Varane for the opener and made it 2-0 with just over 10 minutes to go.The striker also wasted a huge chance in the second half, hitting it straight at keeper Diego Lopez from close range.

Mendy was shown a second yellow card in the 82nd minute for a rash challenge.The victory moves Real Madrid three points clear of Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table before Ernesto Valverde’s side take on Mallorca.

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