Man of the moment Marco Asensio scored twice and Cristiano Ronaldo was also on target as Real Madrid kept up the feelgood factor with a thrilling 5-3 victory at Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday night.
Real had been 2-1 down at half-time in a fantastic game at the Benito Villamarin, but they came roaring back in the second half with Sergio Ramos, Asensio – who had scored the opener – Ronaldo and Karim Benzema all finding the net.
They survived a late Betis onslaught, and after their 3-1 Champions League last 16, first-leg win against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek, this victory confirms that Zinedine Zidane’s side are looking better in La Liga now too.
They remain fourth, a huge 17 points behind leaders Barcelona. However, this was their fourth win in five league outings, and they are back to within a point of third-placed Valencia with a game in hand to come at Leganes in midweek.
“It was an end to end game, a bit crazy, but I like that. It shows that we had a proper opponent,” Zidane said.
Earlier, Kevin Gameiro came off the bench in the second half to score one goal and make another for Diego Costa as second-placed Atletico Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0.
It was another clinical performance from Diego Simeone’s side, who have now recorded four consecutive league victories, all without conceding a goal.
They remain second, seven points behind unbeaten leaders Barcelona, who won 2-0 at Eibar on Saturday ahead of their Champions League trip to Chelsea.
“We are not stopping, we are playing well at the moment, and we are enjoying ourselves,” said Gameiro when asked about his team’s pursuit of Barcelona.
Atletico, who have conceded a paltry nine goals in 24 La Liga games this season, will be looking to stay within striking distance of Barcelona before going to the Camp Nou in a fortnight.
Villarreal are sixth after a 1-1 draw at Espanyol. Real Sociedad beat Levante 3-0.