REAL MADRID fired a title warning to Barcelona this evening with a routine 4-0 win over relegated Granada.
Barcelona opened up a three-point lead earlier in the day as they thrashed Villarreal 4-1 at the Nou Camp.
But Real made sure they went back level with their fierce rivals thanks to first-half braces from Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez.
Los Blancos still have a game in hand over Barcelona but face a tough run of fixtures against Sevilla, Celta Vigo and Malaga.
However, Zinedine Zidane is taking it one match at a time and is sure to have been delighted with his team’s performance against Tony Adams’ men.
Rodriguez needed just three minutes to put Real ahead when he got the vital touch off Lucas Vazquez’s long shot.
The Colombian then scored a header eight minutes later to put his side in the driving seat before Morata made sure of the win after half an hour with a rocket from distance.
The striker was at it again before the whistle with a fine solo effort and Real could have gone in at the break five up had Casemiro not scooped his point-blank effort over the bar.
Granada finally turned up late in the second half and were unlikely to not grab an consolation goal as Adams crashed to another defeat while in charge as interim boss.