Real Madrid’s title defence received a massive boost as Zinedine Zidane’s men cruised to a 3-1 triumph over Barcelona in Spanish football’s biggest fixture — El Clasico. Madrid came into the tie on the back of two morale-sapping losses against Cadiz in the league and Shakthar Donetsk in the Champions League respectively.

But the Los Blancos summoned their unflagging winning spirit to take the top honours and climb to the second spot in the table with 13 points from six games. Real Sociedad leads Madrid by a point but has played an additional game. Barca, on the other hand, has managed just a solitary point from its last three league outings and finds itself at a shocking 12th position with a meagre seven points from five games.

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