Benzema goal lifts Real Madrid to first-leg cup win over Espanyol
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - A first-half goal from Karim Benzema guided Real Madrid to a 1-0 win at Espanyol in the first leg of their Copa del Rey quarterfinal on Tuesday.
Nine days after Madrid eked out a 1-0 victory at Espanyol's Cornella-El Prat Stadium in the Spanish league, the visitors were again limited to the narrowest of winning margins - despite dominating the first half, when Cristiano Ronaldo hit the post before Benzema headed home in the 25th minute.
The second half was more evenly matched and Espanyol's Sergio Garcia came close to an equalizer before Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas denied Jhon Cordoba in a one-on-one in the 83rd minute.
The second leg will be played next Tuesday.
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