The Champions League winners returned to winning ways after losing twice in the last seven days, despite seeing Fabio Coentrao sent off early in the second half
Gareth Bale and James Rodridguez both scored to help Real Madrid arrest a worrying dip in form as they dispatched Espanyol 3-0 on Saturday.
Karim Benzema struck the post on 10 minutes but the home side didn’t have to wait long for an opener, as James converted Cristiano Ronaldo’s pass.
The Ballon d’Or nominee then watched on as Bale doubled Real’s lead with a fine free-kick in the 28th minute.
But when Coentrao received a red card following a nasty collision with Jose Canas shortly after half-time, Madrid were forced into an enforced reshuffle.
Thankfully for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, Espanyol struggled to make the most of their advantage and substitute Nacho Fernandez, added a third to move the leaders four points clear of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who meet on Sunda