Real Madrid 4-2 Granada: Late scare for Los Blancos at the Santiago Bernabeu

Madrid almost squandered a three goal lead before sealing three points late on

Madrid cruise to a 4-2 win vs. Granada at Santiago Bernabeu
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Eden Hazard scored his first goal in Spain as Real Madrid beat Granada 4-2 on Saturday to open up a four-point lead at the top of the table ahead of the rest of this weekend's games. 

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Madrid eased into a 3-0 lead against second-placed Granada. Karim Benzema opened the scoring before Hazard opened his account for his new club. The Belgian then set up Luka Modric after the break as Madrid eased towards three points. 

However, Granada fought back. Darwin Marchis scored from the penalty spot to reduce the arrears and when Domingos Duarte made it 3-2 with just over 10 minutes to go it was game on. 

But Madrid held off Granda's challenge and substitute James Rodriguez rounded off the scoring late on as Zinedine Zidane's side strengthened their hold on top spot in La Liga. 

Madrid went into the encounter with a desire to add more points to their tally after a 0-0 draw against Atlético Madrid last weekend, while Granada won 1-0 in their last league match against Leganes.

As of Saturday evening, Real Madrid are first in La Liga, having garnered 18 points from eight matches, while Granada sit second with 14 points after playing a total of eight matches.

It was a good start of the game for Real Madrid, thanks to an early goal from Benzema in the second minute. Later, Real Madrid scored again thanks to a goal from Eden Hazard in the 45th minute, just before half time.

Madrid extended their lead in the second half with a goal from Luka Modric 61 minutes in to the game. Granada pulled one back thanks to a penalty from Darwin Machís in the 69th minute. They then scored again thanks to a goal from Domingos Duarte 77 minutes in to the game to make it 3-2. However, Madrid increased their advantage thanks to a goal from James Rodríguez in the 90th minute, which saw the game end 4-2.

As for substitutions, both coaches used full substitutions. For Madrid, Luka Modric, Isco and James Rodríguez came on for Toni Kroos, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale, while Granada brought on Maxime Gonalons, Álvaro Vadillo and Carlos Fernández Luna to replace Ángel Montoro, Ramón Azeez and Roberto Soldado.

The referee booked Casemiro, Dani Carvajal, Alphonse Areola and James Rodríguez from Madrid, while for Granada Germán Sánchez, Roberto Soldado, Yangel Herrera, Domingos Duarte and Antonio Puertas saw a yellow card as well.

Real Madrid's next fixture is against Mallorca away from home, while Granada will face Osasuna at home.

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