WATCH | La Liga: Rampant Real Madrid thrash Granada after Barcelona down Villarreal
Real Madrid produced a ruthless first-half display to thrash already-relegated Granada 4-0 on Saturday and remain on course for a first league title in five years, while Barcelona hammered Villarreal 4-1.
James Rodriguez put Zinedine Zidane’s side in charge in the third minute by bundling in Lucas Vazquez’s arrowed cross and then headed in a cross from forgotten man Fabio Coentrao to double their lead in the 11th, scoring for the fifth time in four games.
Alvaro Morata followed the Colombian’s early strikes with two goals of his own in the 30th and 35th to kill off Tony Adams’s sunken side and put Real level on 84 points with champions Barca.
“Every opponent gives you a difficult game but we started the game really well and scored early,” said Morata. “We’ve got difficult games to come but we’re very good, we have 24 players that always want to play and we need to keep going like this and go for the league title.” Barca lead the standings due to their superior head-to-head record although Real have a game in hand and will win a first domestic title since 2012 if they take seven points from their remaining three games.
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