Real Madrid keep pace in title race with victory over Deportivo


Barca had pulled three points clear at the summit after they hammered Osasuna 7-1 earlier in the evening, and Los Blancos responded by racing into a 3-1 lead at the break in Galicia.

A further three goals in the second half sealed a comfortable win for Zinedine Zidane's side as they went level with their arch-rivals in the two-horse race for league honours.

Real got off to the perfect start when Alvaro Morata struck in the first minute of the match, the Spanish striker converting Isco's pass at the near post with the outside of his foot.

The woodwork then came to Depor's rescue on two occasions as Isco and Marco Asensio both hit the post with strikes from range, but the visitors soon doubled their advantage in the 14th minute.

Mateo Kovacic was allowed to carry the ball all the way from just outside his own area to the halfway line before releasing Rodriguez, who passed to Vazquez and continued his run into the area to bury the cross into the back of the net.

The European champions went in search of more goals, and Morata was unfortunate to be denied a second when Marcello was flagged offside, with replays showing the assistant got the call wrong.

Vazquez and Morata forced German Lux into save with their respective efforts from close range, before the hosts halved the deficit on 35 minutes.

Andone was perfectly placed to collect Gael Kakuta's horribly miscued volley and slot past Kiko Casilla, who almost let in the Romanian again soon afterwards when he fumbled a corner.

But Real finished the half on the front foot as Isco carved his way through the defence and picked out Marcello, who teed up Vazquez to score from close range.

Lux was replaced at half-time after taking a shot in the face from Morata just before the break, and Przemyslaw Tyton found the going just as tough in the second half.

Tyton was called into action just after the hour mark as he tipped over Morata's strike from range, after Isco had set him up with another dazzling run.

But the substitute keeper was eventually beaten on 66 minutes, Rodriguez applying the finishing touch after Morata had rounded Tyton to cut the ball back for the Colombian.

Joselu had the ball in the back of the net for Pepe Mel's men on 73 minutes, but the goal was disallowed for offside, and Real struck again four minutes later through Isco following a neat move.

Joselu did score a legitimate goal six minutes from time, the striker combining with first-half scorer Andone to head his cross past Casilla, although Real responded three minutes later with a driven effort from Casemiro that squeezed through Tyton.