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Real thump Granada 5-1 in La Liga

Real Madrid extended their lead over Barcelona at the top of La Liga to six points on Saturday with a 5-1 rout of Granada in the minnows' first trip to the Santiago Bernabeu in 36 years.


Cristiano Ronaldo

It was still a laboured first 45 minutes with the team fortunate to go in 2-1 up at the break. Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil combined to set up Karim Benzema to slot in the home side's first goal, but Granada replied from their first real attack with an unmarked Mikel Rico heading into the corner after 22 minutes.

Sergio Ramos then headed Real back into the lead from a corner after 34 minutes. The game turned after the break when Gonzalo Higuain and Benzema finished off Granada's hopes of a comeback and then, with a minute to go, Ronaldo hit the fifth. Barcelona can reduce Real's lead to three points if they win last night's game against Espanyol.

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