Real Madrid exacted revenge on rivals Leganes with a 3-1 away win, a month after Leganes dumped them out of the Copa Del Rey at their own ground.
Goals from Lucas Vasquez, Casemiro and a late penalty from Sergio Ramos were enough to cancel out Unai Bustinza’s early effort to give Zinedine Zidane’s side their fifth win in six games.
The first half began as a very lively affair. With Real boss Zinedine Zidane allowing several fringe players a chance to shine, and Leganes took their opportunity to strike early against a side struggling to gel.
The home side opened the scoring thanks to a calamitous spot of defending from Real Madrid, culminating in a brave diving header from Unai Bustinza from only a foot off the ground as Theo Hernandez failed to clear off the line.
Leganes’ opener signalled the continuation of Madrid’s failure to keep a clean sheet since the first week of December.
However, the Madrid youngsters managed to pick themselves up quickly, with their equaliser coming a mere five minutes later.
A well worked passing move through the defence let Matteo Kovacic’s through ball fall in to the path of Lucas Vasquez, allowing the Spaniard to shoot across goal and nestle the ball in the bottom left corner.
Bringing the scores level allowed the visitors to get into their stride, with much more advances, especially from Vasquez, who looked dangerous throughout.
The smile returned to their manager’s face as Madrid bettered their first goal with a string of one-touch passes in the final third, the last of which made its way to Casemiro, whose classy finish put the visitors firmly in front heading into the break.