"We have two days to see how Luka and Toni are".
The visitors began confidently and created their first chance just seven minutes into the match, as a Lucas Vazquez cross found Gareth Bale's head and the Welsh global delivered a shot on target - though it was also straight into the hands of Espanyol keeper Diego Lopez.
Ronaldo did have his second in the 78th minute, however, when he headed a brilliant Marcelo cross into the back of the net before leaving the field shortly after as he was given a short rest ahead of the PSG clash. The defender looked to have got the ball, but the referee pointed to the spot, and Francisco Portillo converted the kick. The striker caught Nacho round the neck with an outstretched arm and was given a second yellow card.
Girona's impressive debut in the league continued in beating Villarreal 2-0, a result that put the modest Catalan club in position to make it to the Europa League.More news: Kylie Jenner Posts Selfie With Daughter Stormi
It was the fourth win in six matches for Girona, which is one point behind sixth-place Villarreal and five behind fifth-place Sevilla. As we have seen before, the 33-year old seems to have planned his physical preparation in order to reach peak condition for the latter stages of the competitions, although this time only European glory is available.
The hosts played a man down from the 39th as goalkeeper Maksym Koval was sent off for a foul outside the area.
Real Madrid dominated the period that followed, although chances were still few and far between, with a long-range Carvajal strike - which missed the post - just about as close as Los Blancos came to scoring a second approaching the final moments of the first half.
Sevilla won a second straight match when it defeated visiting Athletic Bilbao 2-0.