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Sep 19, 2015 at 3pm UK at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid
1-0
Granada
Benzema (55')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Result: Real Madrid edge past resilient Granada

Karim Benzema breaks Granada's resilience in the second half to secure a 1-0 win for Rafael Benitez's side in the La Liga clash at the Bernabeu.

Karim Benzema's second-half goal is all that has separated Real Madrid and an impressive Granada as the hosts secured a 1-0 win in the La Liga clash at the Bernabeu.

Rafael Benitez's side came into the match unbeaten in the league and having scored 15 goals in their last three matches and they dominated proceedings throughout the match, although Granada could have opened the scoring when Isaac Success just could not reach Edgar Mendez's whipped cross.

Real had their first big opportunity of the match after 20 minutes when Benzema slid a pass in to Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Portuguese was denied a ninth goal in three games by a smart low save from Andres Fernandez.

Karim Benzema (R) of Real Madrid CF scores their opening goal against goalkeeper Andres Fernandez (L) of Granada CF during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Granada CF at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 19, 2015© Getty Images

Within a minute, Granada had the ball in the net at the other end but they were harshly denied a shock lead when Youssef El-Arabi was adjudged to have been offside when he converted Success's low cross.

Ronaldo was denied by Andres again before the goalkeeper spread himself to prevent Benzema scoring from Isco's fine pass as Real looked to take advantage of that let-off, and the visiting stopper pulled off his best save of the lot to deny Luka Modric from close range just before the break.

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid CF vs Granada FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Spetember 19, 2015© Getty Images

Granada had a golden opportunity to go in front within seven minutes of the restart when El-Arabi's flick sent Success through on goal but the attacker's effort dropped wide Keylor Navas's post.

The away team were made to pay for that waste almost instantly as Benzema finally broke Andres's resistance, heading Isco's cross home to give the hosts the lead.

El-Arabi was denied by a save from Navas as Granada refused to fold, but Benitez's side missed chances to kill the game off late on through Ronaldo and Denis Cheryshev as the visitors just could not reward their impressive display with a point.

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