Luca Modric save Real Madrid from another draw away from the Santiago Bernabeu with a late rocket goal to hand Real Madrid a 1-2 victory at Granada
The Croatia international’s 85th minute winner saw Zinedine Zidane’s men cut the gap to leaders Barcelona to four points, although they have played a game more
Zinedine Zidane’s side went into the match with a seven-point deficit to leaders Barcelona, and were unable to recapture the form which saw them fire six past Espanyol a week ago.
Karim Benzema put Madrid ahead after half an hour but Granada, who had a goal disallowed for offside in either half, deservedly levelled the match through substitute Youssef El-Arabi, though the visitors were frustrated at some accidental interference on Modric from referee Jesus Gil Manzano.
David Lomban saw a header ruled out for offside as the hosts, who began the match two points from safety in 19th, continued to cause real problems for a Madrid outfit who looked well short of the standards they have hit under Zidane in recent weeks.
Yet Modric turned hero for his side as he rifled in from distance with five minutes to play to move Madrid back to within four points of Barca, who earlier beat Levante 2-0 and have played one game fewer.
• Benzema has scored in 6 consecutive league matches
Marcelo was seen after the match with an arm bandaged and in a sling. He may have a dislocated shoulder.
Next 5 La Liga games for Real Madrid: vs. Athletic Bilbao (H) vs. Malaga (A) vs. Atletico Madrid (H) vs. Levante (A) vs. Celta Vigo (H)