Real Madrid were a long way from their best, but Isco’s first league goals of the campaign were enough to claim all three points.
A brace from Isco helped Real Madrid edge past a dogged Espanyol 2-0 to secure a first LaLiga win of the season at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Zinedine Zidane’s side were a long way from their free-flowing best, but Isco’s goals in either half were enough to end a run of three league matches without a win at home and keep pace with leaders Barcelona, who remain seven points ahead of them.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s wait for a first LaLiga goal of the season goes on with the Portuguese superstar squandering two excellent chances to get off the mark in the first half.
As violent scenes marred the Catalan independence referendum in Espanyol’s home city of Barcelona, Madrid fans waved Spanish flags and chanted “Viva Espana”.
Quique Sanchez Flores’ side did pose problems for the hosts’ backline throughout, but they proved powerless to resist two moments of brilliance from Isco.