Real Madrid battled to beat Alaves 2-1 in their La Liga match played on Saturday.
Dani Carvajal struck in the 69th minute to reclaim Real Madrid’s initial lead after Lucas Perez had equalized for the hosts in the 65th minute from the spot. Sergio Ramos was the first man to etch his name on the score-sheet.
The match saw Real remain at the top of La Liga table with 31 points, three more than those of second-placed Barcelona, who have a match at hand.
Eder Militao was involved in two Alaves penalty shouts either side of that chance, the first resulting in Aleix Vidal being booked for simulation when there appeared to be a slight trip.
Clearly, the game was a bit slow for both clubs in the first half, but they both intensified their search for opening goals in the second half.
Madrid got theirs first through Ramos before Alaves responded 13 minutes later.
The hosts pressed hard for a second leveler but desperate goal-line interventions from Marcelo and Areola in the closing stages denied both Perez and Manu Garcia, before Federico Valverde missed a clear chance for a third in the dying seconds.
The win gives Real Madrid a good chance to head into the December 18 Clasico as La Liga leaders. The search for the win put them under pressure at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, giving them no room for any errors.
Alaves XI: Pacheco, Martin, Laguardia, Navarro, Duarte, Wakaso, Vidal, Pina, Rioja, Perez, Joselu.
Real Madrid XI: Areola; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Eder Militao, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Isco.