Gareth Bale had to be substituted at half-time with an injury as Cristiano Ronaldo scored to help send Real Madrid clear at the top of La Liga with victory over Granada.

Wales international Bale was injured by Jeison Murillo's rough challenge with the game still goalless.

Despite that blow, Real took the lead just before the hour when Ronaldo rifled in his 31st of the season.

Karim Benzema then sealed the win, slotting in from Marcelo's cross.

Real top the standings with 53 points, two ahead of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who play Malaga and Rayo Vallecano respectively on Sunday.

The two sides could move ahead of Real with victories, but the form of Carlo Ancelotti's side will undoubtedly be concerning for them.

Real have not lost in the league since the end of October and have now won 10 times in their last 11 games.

The home fans' buoyant pre-match mood was heightened as Ronaldo paraded the Ballon d'Or he won earlier this month.

Cristiano Ronaldo paraded his Ballon d'Or trophy prior to kick off and fans celebrated by holding up gold-coloured sheets of paper.

Ronaldo paraded his Ballon d'Or trophy before kick-off and fans celebrated by holding up gold-coloured sheets of paper

Real's intensity was high from the outset as Ronaldo shot just wide inside the opening 10 minutes, before a Dani Carvajal cross was diverted onto his own crossbar by visiting midfielder Manuel Iturra.

Bale, too, was looking bright but took a heavy knock when he clashed with Murillo. The former Tottenham forward managed to continue until half-time but was replaced by Jese Rodriguez at the interval.

Rodriguez's introduction added vigour to Real's attack and Granada goalkeeper Roberto did well to deny efforts from Angel Di Maria and Luka Modric.

But the home side finally made the breakthrough just before the hour when Modric passed to Ronaldo inside the area and the Portugal star worked some space for himself before hitting a low drive into the far corner.

The woodwork then prevented him adding a second as his free-kick smashed against the bar.

However, Real put the game beyond the visitors late on when a fine, flowing move involving Ronaldo and Marcelo was turned home by Benzema for his fifth goal in his last six games.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti:

"Tonight we will sleep better than we have on other Saturdays, but we have to keep fighting because it is not always easy as the first half today showed.

"After the knock [Gareth Bale] received he didn't feel comfortable. It just disorientated him a little bit and we thought it best to bring him off. He will be fine for the next game."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Real Madrid

  • 25 López
  • 15 Carvajal
  • 12 Marcelo
  • 14 Alonso
  • 03 Pepe
  • 04 Ramos Booked
  • 19 Modric Booked
  • 22 Di María Booked (Illarramendi - 83' )
  • 09 Benzema Booked (Isco - 78' )
  • 11 Bale (Jesé - 45' )
  • 07 Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão
  • 17 Arbeloa
  • 20 Jesé
  • 21 Morata
  • 23 Isco
  • 24 Illarramendi

Granada CF

  • 13 Fernández Alvalleros
  • 02 Nyom
  • 16 Angulo
  • 28 Fatau
  • 05 Mainz
  • 24 Murillo Booked (Coeff - 81' )
  • 18 Iturra Booked
  • 14 García del Pozo (Pereira - 71' )
  • 09 El-Arabi
  • 20 Medina Luna (Buonanotte - 81' )
  • 10 Brahimi

Substitutes

  • 01 Karnezis
  • 12 Buonanotte
  • 19 Coeff
  • 22 Foulquier
  • 23 Pereira
  • 30 Martínez Olmedo
  • 31 Cuero LLano
Ref: Jesús Gil Manzano
Att: 73,874

Match Stats

Shots

23 8

On target

8 2

Corners

4 1

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Granada CF 0.

90:00 +2:57 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Granada CF 0.

90:00 +2:08

Attempt missed. Michael Pereira (Granada CF) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mohammed Fatau.

90:00 +1:06

Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesé.

88:50

Attempt missed. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Yacine Brahimi.

87:20

Offside, Real Madrid. Daniel Carvajal tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

86:20

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

82:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Ángel Di María.

81:40

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

80:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Granada CF. Alexandre Coeff replaces Jeison Murillo.

80:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Granada CF. Diego Buonanotte replaces Piti.

79:57

Attempt missed. Mohammed Fatau (Granada CF) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

79:32

Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

79:11

Attempt saved. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is saved in the bottom left corner.

77:53

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

77:53

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

77:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Karim Benzema.

76:31

Offside, Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo tries a through ball, but Daniel Carvajal is caught offside.

73:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 2, Granada CF 0. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo.

72:52

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:52

Foul by Jeison Murillo (Granada CF).

72:20

Attempt blocked. Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

72:13

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

71:26

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:26

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF).

70:39

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:39

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF).

70:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Granada CF. Michael Pereira replaces Recio.

67:58

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:58

Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

67:12

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

65:29

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cross following a fast break.

64:41 Booking

Booking Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:36

Foul by Ángel Di María (Real Madrid).

64:36

Nyom (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:26

Attempt missed. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo from a direct free kick.

61:11 Booking

Booking Manuel Iturra (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:04

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

61:04

Foul by Manuel Iturra (Granada CF).

59:53 Booking

Booking Luka Modric (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

59:47

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

59:47

Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:35

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

58:35

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

57:22

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:00

Delay in match Mohammed Fatau (Granada CF) because of an injury.

55:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 1, Granada CF 0. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luka Modric.

55:33

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

55:33

Mohammed Fatau (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:04

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cross.

53:58

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

53:58

Foul by Piti (Granada CF).

53:08 Booking

Booking Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:02

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

53:02

Piti (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:28

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Roberto.

52:25

Attempt saved. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

51:45

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

51:17

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Iturra.

50:15

Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:15

Foul by Mohammed Fatau (Granada CF).

49:33

Attempt missed. Jesé (Real Madrid) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luka Modric.

48:35

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:35

Foul by Diego Mainz (Granada CF).

47:34

Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

46:08

Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

45:00

Second Half begins Real Madrid 0, Granada CF 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Gareth Bale.

45:00 +0:58 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Real Madrid 0, Granada CF 0.

45:00 +0:53

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

45:00 +0:51

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Luka Modric with a cross.

44:12

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

39:36

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

39:36

Mohammed Fatau (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:44

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

35:18

Foul by Jeison Murillo (Granada CF).

35:18

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:21

Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

30:06

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

30:06

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

27:00

Offside, Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

26:33

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Brayan Angulo.

26:04

Attempt saved. Recio (Granada CF) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Yacine Brahimi.

25:21

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Marcelo.

24:34

Attempt missed. Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nyom with a cross.

24:05

Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:05

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

22:14

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

21:20

Foul by Youssef El-Arabi (Granada CF).

21:20

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

19:21

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF).

19:21

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

16:10 Booking

Booking Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

16:00

Nyom (Granada CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.

16:00

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

13:23

Attempt missed. Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nyom.

12:10

Attempt blocked. Piti (Granada CF) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yacine Brahimi.

10:37

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross following a corner.

10:08

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Manuel Iturra.

9:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

8:50

Delay in match Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

8:20 Booking

Booking Jeison Murillo (Granada CF) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

8:11

Foul by Jeison Murillo (Granada CF).

8:11

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:16

Offside, Granada CF. Nyom tries a through ball, but Piti is caught offside.

5:52

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Ramos.

4:35

Foul by Yacine Brahimi (Granada CF).

4:35

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

2:27

Foul by Mohammed Fatau (Granada CF).

2:27

Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:50

Corner, Granada CF. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

0:20

Hand ball by Ángel Di María (Real Madrid).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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