Los Blancos survived a late rally from the hosts, with Keylor Navas in fine form, to hold on for all three points at Balaidos on Saturday and remain unbeaten in La Liga
Real Madrid moved three points clear at the top of La Liga by winning an entertaining and controversial clash 3-1 at 10-man Celta Vigo on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave the visitors an early lead with an accurate finish, before Danilo made it two midway through the first half, scoring his first goal for the club.
Keylor Navas made a string of stunning saves throughout the opening period to preserve his side’s advantage, but the game looked to be over as a contest after the break when Gustavo Cabral received a controversial second yellow card for dissent.
Celta were not giving up though and former Barcelona man Nolito gave them hope by scoring with an excellent strike in the final minutes, but Rafael Benitez’s men wrapped up the victory when Marcelo slotted home in stoppage time.
Madrid’s victory in a classic encounter means they move three points clear of Celta and Barcelona – who play Eibar on Sunday – at the top of the table.
Benitez named a team still shorn of the injured Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez, but the league leaders were able to make the breakthrough after just eight minutes.