Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid against Granada

Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring for Real Madrid against Granada

Eden Hazard scored his first goal in a Real Madrid shirt as they went four points clear at the top of La Liga with a 4-2 win over second-placed Granada.

Hazard scored on the stroke of half-time to double Real’s lead after Karim Benzema’s opener inside two minutes. Luka Modric then smashed in a third from outside the box.

But Granada, this season’s surprise package in La Liga, pulled two goals back. Real ‘keeper Alphonse Areola, in for the ill Thibaut Courtois, blundered over a back-pass eight minutes later and bundled over Alvaro Vadillo, with Darwin Machis making no mistake from the spot.

Domingos Duarte then made it 3-2 when he netted at the far post, but James Rodriguez scored in stoppage-time as Real repelled the comeback and continued their unbeaten start

Also on Saturday, Leganes stayed bottom of the table after losing 2-1 to Levante, while Valencia are now eighth following a 2-1 win over Alaves. In the late game, Osasuna came from behind to beat Villarreal 2-1, putting both teams on 11 points.

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