Real Valladolid had two controversial goals ruled out and had the misfortune of a missed penalty as Real Madrid romped to a 4-1 win Sunday evening.
Embattled France international Karim Benzema continued his fine form as he scored a brace at the Joze Zorilla Stadium which had its lights go off but later restored before kick off.
The home side won a penalty as Alvaro Odriozola fouled Oscar Plano early on, but Ruben Alcaraz blasted his spot-kick over the bar, making it five penalties out of five missed by Valladolid this season.
Sergio Gonzalez’s side thought they were ahead a few minutes after that, but Sergi Guardiola’s effort was ruled out the video assistant referee for an offside earlier in the move.
The flag was up again to deny Guardiola inside 20 minutes and Valladolid’s fans could not believe their luck.
The home side eventually take the lead just before the half-hour mark as Anuar Mohamed poked home from close range after Guardiola had found him in space following a cross to the far post.
But Madrid hit back five minutes later with a scrappy goal scored by Raphael Varane and Santiago Solari’s side hit three without reply in the second half as nothing went right for Valladolid.
Benzema converted from the spot after Odriozola was fouled in the box with 51 minutes gone, the French forward later heading home just before the hour as he was left unmarked at a set piece.
Casemiro was then sent off in the closing stages for a second yellow card, the Brazilian dismissed for the first time in his Real Madrid career.
But Los Blancos went on to win 4-1 as Luka Modric netted with a fine finish five minutes from time to wrap up an ultimately comfortable but flattering victory which sees them stay in third, 12 points behind leaders Barcelona after 27 rounds of games.