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Ramos scores his 50th header for Real Madrid

Ramos, doliéndose del golpe tras recibir la entrada de Sergio García.

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The Madrid defender went off at half-time having taken a knock against Espanyol.

Sergio Ramos scored a neatly placed header in the 15th minute to make it 0-2 for Real Madrid in their LaLiga match against Espanyol in Cornellà-El Prat (it finished 2-4 to the visitors).

The goal was Ramos' 83rd for Real Madrid and his 50th headed goal for the club. 60% of his strikes come from his head.

Ramos briefly level with Bale

That goal put him level for a brief moment with Bale as the second highest scorer this season, with both on 10 at that point, although the Welshman has assisted with five, Ramos just one. Benzema is the club's leading scorer on 15. Bale, however, got back in front of Ramos in the second half, coming on after being out for three weeks, to score with almost his first touch and move onto 11 for the season.

Ramos benefiting from Ronaldo's exit

In terms of goals Ramos has benefited greatly from the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, with the man from Seville taking the spot-kicks in the absence of the Portuguese star (who scored a penalty to give Juve a 2-1 win over Lazio this evening). This season Ramos has scored seven from the spot.

Just after scoring Ramos was booked for a foul on Baptistao, although replays showed there had been minimal contact. That booking means Ramos will miss the derby against Atlético if he's booked against Alavés next week.

Ramos subbed off at half-time

Ramos' participation in the game wasn't over there however - he was fouled by Sergio Garcia after 33 minutes, with the Espanyol man booked for the challenge. The foul left Ramos in clear pain, having taken a knock to his left knee, and he didn't come out for the second half, with Nacho taking his place. The initial impression however is that Ramos isn't injured, simply that he took a painful knock and was already booked, meaning Solari was happy to sit him out for the second half.