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Real tie Barcelona's 39 unbeaten games mark

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2017 | 1:03 AM
Real Madrid's Francisco Roman 'Isco' (left) runs with the ball next to Granada's Jeremie Boga during the Spanish La Liga match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid yesterday. Isco scored twice in Real Madrid's 5-0 victory.

MADRID (AP):

Real Madrid tied Barcelona's Spanish record of 39 games unbeaten in all competitions by crushing Granada 5-0 in La Liga yesterday.

Francisco 'Isco' Alarcon scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Casemiro got one goal each at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Madrid are six points ahead of second-place Barcelona, who play fifth-place Villarreal today.

Ronaldo, who was rested in Madrid's 3-0 first-leg win against Seville in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday, scored with a close-range header off a cross by Marcelo.

Before the match, he was honoured in a ceremony to mark the Ballon d'Or award he earned last month for world player of the year.

The Spanish unbeaten record set by Luis Enrique's Barcelona last season ended with a loss to Madrid at Camp Nou in April.

Madrid, who have won eight of their last nine league games, will have a chance to take the record outright in the second leg at Sevilla on Thursday.

Isco opened the scoring with a low shot from inside the area after a mistake by the Granada defence while trying to move the ball forward, and Benzema - in an offside position - added to the lead off the rebound of a shot by Luka Modric.

Ronaldo increased the lead after Marcelo cleared a defender in the left side before making a perfect cross into the area, and Isco netted again from close range after a low cross by Modric from the right flank for 4-0.

In one other match played yesterday, Atletico Madrid blanked Eibar 2-0. Atletico avoided losing even more ground to Real Madrid thanks to second-half goals by Saul Niguez and Antoine Griezmann.

The result moved Diego Simeone's team to fourth place but still nine points behind Madrid.