Real Madrid’s Rodrygo struck twice and Jude Bellingham was also on target as the visitors enjoyed a 3-0 win at lowly Cadiz in LaLiga on Sunday to move provisionally top of the standings.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side are now on 35 points, one clear of second-placed Girona who host Athletic Bilbao on Monday.
Atletico Madrid are third, having also played a game less than Real, level on 31 points with Barcelona, who slipped to fourth after a 1-1 draw at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
“It’s an important moment in the season,” Ancelotti told a news conference. “We have some very important games until Christmas. Today’s game gives me a lot of confidence for the next matches.
“So far this season we have done very well, the team has always been competitive, we have won a lot of games.
The injuries on international duty of France midfielder Eduardo Camavinga and Brazil forward Vinicius Jr did not seem to affect Real, who went ahead after 14 minutes when Rodrygo cut into the area and fired a superb shot into the top right corner.
Brazilian winger Rodrygo got his second goal in the 64th minute with another fine shot after finding space in the box before Bellingham sealed the win 10 minutes later with his 11th league goal of the season.
“Rodrygo made the difference in today’s game, he had a good game with a good attitude,” Ancelotti said. “Bellingham is fine. His shoulder still hurts but he is playing with protection.”
Juve, Inter share spoils
Turin (Italy): Juventus and Inter Milan’s top-of-the-table Serie A encounter ended in a 1-1 draw after Inter’s Lautaro Martinez cancelled out Dusan Vlahovic’s goal in Turin on Sunday.
In the 27th minute, Vlahovic broke the deadlock for Juve, receiving a pass inside the box from Federico Chiesa and calmly slotting it into the bottom corner.
Six minutes later, Inter equalised as Martinez made an intelligent run into the box, took control of a cross from Marcus Thuram, and fired an angled shot in at the near post.
The result keeps Inter at the top on 32 points and Juve second on 30 points after 13 matches each.
Chiesa had the first chance of the match for Juve when he received the ball just inside the box only to fire his effort over the bar.
The two sides probed in vain for vulnerabilities in their opponent’s defences at the start of the second half.
The stands erupted in boos when Inter sent on Juan Cuadrado, who joined the club in June after eight years at Juve, late on in the match.