Real Madrid moved top of LaLiga after a 2-1 victory over Deportivo Alaves at the Mendizorrotza Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Alphonse Areola, Eder Militao, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale returned for Los Blancos following their thrilling 2-2 draw with Paris Saint Germain in the UEFA Champions League in midweek.
The home side have been on the losing side every time the side from the nation’s capital comes to town, failing to score in any of the six consecutive defeats in the process.
This turn of events didn’t look like abating as Bale’s low header inside the area bounced off the ground and cracked the post following a telling delivery by Isco inside the tenth minute.
Carlos Casemiro put the home side on the back foot as his first time shot near the area had Fernando Pacheco palming acrobatically for a corner in the last ten minutes of the half.
Real finally hit the front seven minutes in the second half when Sergio Ramos leaped to a Toni Kroos free-kick to head into the bottom low corner.
The home side had Real back on the back foot on 66 minutes when Lucas Perez sent Areola the wrong from the spot after Ramos upended Joselu in the area, as Rodrygo entered for Bale.
Alaves’s joy lasted only two minutes as Dani Carvajal reacted sharply to a rebound from the post to turn home from close-range.
Real, who last tasted an away defeat to Real Mallorca in October, sealed the open areas to go top of the standings with the maximum points.