Granada: Roberto; Nyom, Diakhaté, Mainz,
Brayan Angulo; Iturra, Yebda (Fran Rico 67'); Brahimi, Piti, Dani
Benítez (Buonanotte 75'); El-Arabi (Riki 46'). 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Diego López; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo (Nacho 60'); Di María (Dani Carvajal 88'), Modric, Isco; Özil (Casemiro 64'), Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo. 4-3-3.
0-1. 10. Benzema. Turned shot past keeper after Ronaldo played on Di María cross.
Yellow cards: Pepe 35', Marcelo 37', Piti 54', Iturra 78', Brahimi 85', Mainz 86'.
Real Madrid clocked up their second victory in a row after beating Granada 0-1 in the Monday night game. Once again Ancelotti preferred Diego López to Casillas in goal, and with Xabi Alonso and Khedira injured he lined up with five attacking players in his starting eleven. Last season Madrid lost all four of their league games in Andalusia, including the one at the Los Cármenes stadium, but this time they went ahead in the tenth minute when Benzema turned a shot past Roberto after Ronaldo tried to control Di María's long cross. Özil had a second goal ruled out following a quickly taken Di María free kick after the referee ruled that the ball was still in motion when the kick was taken, and Ronaldo failed to convert a couple of chances either side of half time. In reply El-Arabi shot straight at the keeper when free on goal, and Diakhaté blasted a shot over the top after the restart, but otherwise Diego López had a relatively quiet game. Later in the second half Roberto pushed a shot from Isco on to the post, and Modric and Buonanotte both had penalty claims turned down. A win in the end though for Madrid, and they join Barcelona, Atlético, Athletic and Villarreal on maximum points.