Eden Hazard scored his first goal as Zinedine Zidane’s side survived a Granada fightback to stretch their lead at the top of .

Hazard, who signed from in June, lobbed Rui Silva at the end of the first half after Karim Benzema’s second-minute opener for the hosts.

Luka Modric added an excellent third in the second half, but Darwin Machis and Domingos Duarte responded for Granada.

James Rodriguez then scored late in stoppage time to ensure Real’s victory.

The result sees Real open up a four-point gap over second-placed Granada.

Third-placed travel to Real Valladolid on Sunday (15:00 BST), while fourth-placed host Sevilla later that day.

Real avoid late collapse

With his side criticised following another below-par performance against in the on Tuesday, manager Zidane called on his side to show why they began the weekend top of as they welcomed their closest challengers, Granada, to the Bernabeu.

Benzema’s finish – his sixth in eight league games – from Gareth Bale’s sublime pass using the outside of his left foot provided the ideal start on Saturday, while Hazard’s delightful first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time ensured the scoreline reflected the hosts’ early dominance.

Real appeared to be coasting as Modric smashed in his side’s third from outside the area after 61 minutes, but in keeping with their season to date it was not to be so straightforward.

Goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, in for the ill Thibaut Courtois, made a mess of a back pass eight minutes later before bundling over Alvaro Vadillo – and Machis took his opportunity from the penalty spot.

Then, with 12 minutes remaining, Vadillo’s corner was flicked on by Victor Diaz at the near post for centre-back Duarte to ratchet up the tension in the Spanish capital.

Silva denied Benzema a second as Real pressed for a fourth, before Rodriguez’s strike on the break wrapped up a victory that half an hour previous seemed almost guaranteed.

Top and unbeaten after eight league matches, the pressure on Zidane appears to be lifting – domestically at least.

Line-ups

  • 1AreolaBooked at 68mins
  • 19Odriozola
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 2CarvajalBooked at 54mins
  • 15Valverde
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 43mins
  • 8KroosSubstituted forModricat 34′minutes
  • 11BaleSubstituted forat 83′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Benzema
  • 7E HazardSubstituted forIscoat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3
  • 10Modric
  • 16
  • 18Jovic
  • 22Isco
  • 26Altube
  • 27Silva de Goes

Granada

  • 1Dantas da Silva
  • 16
  • 22Coutinho Meneses DuarteBooked at 73mins
  • 6Booked at 54mins
  • 15Neva
  • 19MontoroSubstituted forGonalonsat 6′minutes
  • 10Booked at 81mins
  • 12AzeezSubstituted forVadilloat 51′minutes
  • 21HerreraBooked at 72mins
  • 23
  • 9SoldadoBooked at 56minsSubstituted forat 64′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gonalons
  • 5
  • 7Vadillo
  • 11
  • 13Escandell
  • 20Ramos
  • 24
Referee:
Santiago Jaime Latre
Attendance:
70,315

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamGranada
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home17
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 4, Granada CF 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 4, Granada CF 2.

Booking

Goal!

Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Maxime Gonalons.

Hand ball by Isco (Real Madrid).

Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raphael Varane.

Attempt blocked. Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Rui Silva.

Substitution

Booking

Antonio Puertas (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Antonio Puertas (Granada CF).

Goal!

Corner, Granada CF. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

Maxime Gonalons (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Rui Silva.

Attempt saved. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross.

Booking

Domingos Duarte (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Domingos Duarte (Granada CF).

Booking

Yangel Herrera (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Federico Valverde (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Yangel Herrera (Granada CF).

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Maxime Gonalons (Granada CF).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Eden Hazard.

Goal!

Booking

Alphonse Areola (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Penalty conceded by Alphonse Areola (Real Madrid) after a foul in the penalty area.

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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