Real Madrid returned to the top of the La Liga with a well worked 3 – 1 win over Las Palmas in the league clash staged at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday 31 October.
Real Madrid, as has become the norm, were fast starters, winning a corner on the second minute but that didn’t bear fruit as Carlos Casemiro was guilty of pushing while vying for the ball.
The resulting free kick was poorly taken by the Las Palmas keeper Javi Varas and Real Madrid pumped the ball back to the box with Isco racing to meet it and hit past Varas for a third minute opener.
Marcelo should have added a second just four minutes later but he dragged on too long with the ball after a good run and was eventually crowded and on the 13th minute Varas did well to parry away a Luka Modric volley.
A minute later Marcelo floated in a delightful cross that Cristiano Ronaldo dived in well to head past a hapless Varas for the second.
It was all Madrid from that point until the 18th minute when Kiko Casilla made a good save to deny Jonathan Vieira and had to block a rebound before Marcelo stepped in to make a more convincing clearance.
Madrid was however pegged back on the 37th minute when some uncharacteristic poor defending saw Santana Hernan score from a corner just eight minutes after going to the referee’s book.
The celebrations for the visitors lasted just about six minutes as Jese Rodriguez benefitted from Toni Kroos’ pass to bury the ball with a powerful drive to seal the win.
The result takes Madrid to 21 points and above Barcelona who also have the same number of points but in second place due to an inferior goal difference.