The Spanish football champions Real Madrid remains on track after a shiver, at least in the local Primera Division. The team of coach Zinedine Zidane, which was in the Champions League recently not got beyond a 2-2 against Bruges, won on Matchday 8 against the direct rivals FC Granada 4: 2 (2: 0) and built his championship lead initially four points out.
National player Toni Kroos had to be replaced injured after 34 minutes. Whether the 29-year-old is available for the upcoming internationals against Argentina on Wednesday and four days later in Estonia is unclear. Zidane said at the subsequent press conference that he hopes Kroos will stay in Madrid.
Karim Benzema (2), 100 million new signing Eden Hazard with his first goal for Real (45. + 1) and former World Footballer Luka Modric (61.) shot out for Real a seemingly soothing 3-0 lead. Darwin Machis (69.) and Domingos Duarte (78.) battled the royal team in the final stages. The former Munich James (90. + 2) redeemed the fans at home Bernabeu Stadium only in added time.