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Football: Pepe winner moves Madrid closer to leaders

Published on Jan 13, 2014 6:20 AM
 
Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo (right) vies with Espanyol's defender Javier Lopez (left) during the Spanish league football match RCD Espanyol vs Real Madrid at the Cornella-El Prat stadium in Cornella de Llobregat on Jan 12, 2014. Real Madrid moved to within three points of La Liga leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Espanyol on Sunday, Jan 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid moved to within three points of La Liga leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Espanyol on Sunday, Jan 12, 2014.

Portuguese defender Pepe got the only goal of the game when he rose highest to head home Luka Modric's free-kick 10 minutes after half-time.

Cristiano Ronaldo should then have added to his side's lead on a number of occasions. But despite their star man having an off night in front of goal, Madrid comfortably held on for the three points as Espanyol created nothing of note after falling behind.

"I am satisfied with how we played because we had a good balance, we played good football and kept trying to score until the last minute," said Real boss Carlo Ancelotti.

 
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