With their top scorer suspended after getting sent off at Cordoba last week, Madrid looked like they barely missed the prolific Portuguese, even though they fell behind after just 40 seconds to Aritz Elustondo’s header.
But James Rodriguez levelled for Madrid moments later and then Sergio Ramos scored before the break, with Karim Benzema striking twice in the second half to ensure Carlo Ancelotti’s side stay top of the Primera Division for another week. Moyes, meanwhile, suffered a third defeat as La Real coach, and is still yet to win a game on the road with the Basques.
Third-placed Atletico Madrid overcame a drenched playing surface to scrap their way to a 3-1 win at Eibar. Antoine Griezmann put the visitors ahead after just seven minutes and then two quick-fire goals from Mario Mandzukic midway through the first half put the game beyond the reach of Eibar. The hosts managed to grab a late consolation goal through Federico Piovaccari.
Victory for Diego Simeone’s side saw them go level on points with second-placed Barcelona and remain just four points behind league leaders Real.
Celta Vigo ended their ten-game winless run in La Liga with a hard-fought 1-0 victory against Cordoba. Celta had not enjoyed league success since they shocked Barcelona at the Camp Nou on 1 November, but they secured victory in fine style with Nolito’s curling long-range effort early in the second half enough to earn Eduardo Berizzo’s side all three points.
Granada moved out of the relegation zone after edging out ten-man Elche 1-0 at Los Carmenes for their first league win in more than four months. Abel Resino’s men were rooted to the foot of the standings, having not won in the league since 20 September, but Jhon Cordoba’s 56th-minute strike lifted them above their beaten opponents. Elche’s miserable night was compounded when Damian Suarez was dismissed after picking up his second booking.