Karim Benzema, Isco and Nacho scored as an understrength Real Madrid added late gloss in a 3-0 win over Alaves at Santiago Bernabeu to pile the pressure on Barcelona in LaLiga’s title race.
In-form Benzema linked up with Dani Carvajal to score his fourth goal in as many league games just after the half-hour mark, making it 50 matches in a row in which Madrid have netted.
Alaves wasted numerous good chances for an equaliser in the second half and it looked like the Madrid striker’s goal would ultimately prove to be the winner.
But a late strike from Isco – whose future is a hot topic amid rumours of a shock move to Barca – and a header from Nacho sealed a fourth consecutive league win for Zinedine Zidane’s men.
The hosts were short of top form in their first game after the international break, with Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Keylor Navas and James Rodriguez all rested, while Casemiro was suspended.
Nonetheless, the win sees the league leaders move five points clear of Barca, who travel to play Granada later on Sunday.
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