Real thrashes Granada with first-half blitz

Real Madrid produced a ruthless first half display to thrash already relegated Granada 4-0 on Saturday and remains on course for a first league title in five years.

Morata scored in the 30th and 35th minute.   -  AP

Real Madrid produced a ruthless first half display to thrash already relegated Granada 4-0 on Saturday and remains on course for a first league title in five years.

James Rodriguez put Zinedine Zidane's side in charge in the third minute by bundling in Lucas Vazquez's arrowed cross and then headed in a cross from forgotten man Fabio Coentrao to double its lead in the 11th.

Alvaro Morata followed the Colombian's early strikes with two goals of his own in the 30th and 35th minutes to kill off Tony Adams' sunken side and take Real level on 84 points with Barcelona, which eased to a 4-1 win over Villarreal.

Barca lead the standings due to its superior head-to-head record although Real has a game in hand and will lift a first domestic title since 2012 if it takes seven points from its remaining three games.

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