Gareth Bale was forced off at the interval with an apparent injury, but as it happened Los Blancos were better balanced with Jese’s introduction and managed to earn the three points without getting out of third gear at the Bernabeu.
Following are player ratings and analysis for all the Madrid players.
Lopez: Had only a single save to make in the first half.
Carvajal: Offering a useful, attacking outlet down the right.
Pepe: Frequently pushing forward to provide another passing option.
Ramos: Booked for a eager challenge on Nyom.
Marcelo: Giving the ball away a bit too much.
Modric: Pulling all the strings in the buildup.
Alonso: Covering admirably for the marauding Pepe.
Di Maria: Picking out his teammates with accurate passes from his role in midfield.
Bale: Selfishly attacked the entire Granada defense when Carvajal was unmarked to his right.
Benzema: Had the ball in the back of the net but was rightfully called for offside.
Ronaldo: Just 25 touches in the first half.
Lopez: Made just one save in each half.
Carvajal: Another terrific performance as he continues to supplant Arbeloa.
Pepe: One of his better games of the season, particularly in moving forward.
Ramos: Booked in the first half but gave nothing away during a solid 90 minutes.
Marcelo: Exceptional pass to Benzema on Madrid’s second goal.
Modric: Played a lovely through-ball to Ronaldo for the opener.
Alonso: Made six tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
Di Maria: Completed 94% of his passes in his midfield role.
Bale: Replaced by Jese at the break.
Benzema: Hit the woodwork and scored Madrid’s insurance marker.
Ronaldo: A much better second half left him with seven shots and a goal.
Jese: Offered speed and good movement off the ball.
Isco: Distribution was poor.
Illarramendi: Only nine touches in a brief cameo.