Asier Illarramendi had opened the scoring for Los Blancos on the stroke of half-time, and in the end, the Primera Division title contenders were able to cruise to an easy three points away to Real Sociedad.
Following are ratings and analysis for all the Madrid players.
Half-Time analysis for Los Blancos
Lopez: Had only a single save to make in the first half.
Carvajal: The right-back has so far completed each and every one of his passes.
Pepe: Could be doing better in the air.
Ramos: Distribution out of the defense has been subpar.
Nacho: Offering a useful outlet on the left-hand side.
Modric: Only 86 percent of his passes completed through 45 minutes.
Alonso: Booked for a foul on Vela and will miss next weekend’s match against Almeria.
Illarramendi: Was in good position to dispatch Benzema’s rebound into the back of the net.
Bale: With Ronaldo out, he needs to be much, much better in the second half.
Benzema: Had a quiet first half until the shot that produced Illarramendi’s opener.
Isco: Has completed 91 percent of his passes—many of them in the attacking third.
Full-Time analysis for Los Blancos
Lopez: Made four saves and was commanding in the air.
Carvajal: Much improved after the break, and he was also instrumental in neutralising Griezmann.
Pepe: A dominant second half capped off by a goal.
Ramos: Played a lovely header to Pepe for Madrid’s third.
Nacho: The third-choice left-back didn't look at all out of place.
Modric: Touched the ball 82 times, but his distribution was just a bit off.
Alonso: Rather uncharacteristically, he didn't win a single tackle.
Illarramendi: A solid 90 minutes that included a goal against his former club.
Bale: Scored one of the goals of the season midway through the second half.
Benzema: Much more active in the second half, and he rang a shot off the crossbar before being replaced by Morata.
Isco: Madrid’s best distributor of the ball at the Anoeta.
Di Maria: Sprung Morata for Madrid’s fourth.
Morata: Took his goal nicely, finishing calmly inside the far corner.
Casemiro: Just two touches in a brief cameo.