Rampant Real put Granada to the sword

Real Madrid started 2017 with a bang as they cruised to comfortable 5-0 victory over Granada in a La Liga clash at the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon.

  • Real Madrid 5 Granada 0
  • Isco nets first-half brace
  • Benzema and Ronaldo get in on the act
  • Casemiro nets Real's fifth after HT
  • Real unbeaten in 39 games

Match summary

Los Blancos made a flying start to the encounter, claiming the lead after just 12 minutes through Isco, before Karim Benzema added his name to the scoresheet.

Cristiano Ronaldo netted Real's third on 27 minutes, and Granada were still reeling from that goal when Isco popped up again on the half-hour mark to bag his second of the match.

And Casemiro rubbed further salt in the wounds of the visitors when he notched the hosts' fifth in the 58th minute, ending any hopes of a Granada comeback.

Full report

As expected, Real started the match on the front foot, enjoying plenty of possession in the opening spell of play.

However, the first chance of note took a while to arrive, with Marcelo lashing a powerful shot over the crossbar from 25 yards out in the 10th minute.

They didn't have to wait long for the opening goal, though, as Isco latched onto a first-time pass from Benzema before firing the ball under the onrushing Guillermo Ochoa and into the back of the net.

Granada briefly threatened to draw level through Andreas Pereira in the 18th minute, but the on-loan Manchester United player smashed a high shot over the bar.

Real went on to double their advantage just two minutes later, Benzema tapping home on the follow-up after Ochoa had palmed Luka Modric's curling effort back into the danger area.

The match was effectively over as a contest when Ronaldo got in on the act in the 27th minute, rising magnificently to head into the top-right corner from Marcelo's inviting cross.

And Modric was the architect once more as Real made it four in the 31st minute, laying off the ball into the path of Isco, who made no mistake from the centre of the box.

Zinedine Zidane's men continued to boss proceedings as the first half drew to a close, with Modric and Benzema both going close to netting Real's fifth.

Having failed to impose themselves on proceedings in the first stanza, Granada produced an improved showing after the half-time break.

They failed to open their account, but did well to restrict the rampant hosts to just one goal.

After going close to adding to their advantage on several occasions, Real eventually bagged their fifth in the 58th minute. Brazilian midfielder Casemiro shrugged clear of his marker before converting at the back post from James Rodriguez's low cross.

Real continued to apply the pressure, but Ochoa was determined not to concede a sixth as he did well to keep out later efforts from Benzema, James and Ronaldo.

The result sees Zidane's men equal Barcelona's record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions, while they also move six points clear of their bitter rivals in the La Liga standings ahead of Sunday's fixtures.

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