Karim Benzema exploded onto El Clasico with two goals to fire Real Madrid ahead of Barcelona.
Benzema inexplicably failed to cancel out Andres Iniesta’s effort earlier in the game when shooting over from eight yards.
His shooting might have been awry, but there was nothing wrong with his heading on the 20-minute mark as he rose high to power in an effort that proved too hot for Victor Valdes to handle.
Benzema grabbed his second of the game on 24 minutes with an exquisite finish.
The French forward collected a cross from Angel Di Maria on his thigh before volleying a shot into the corner.