Nacho’s goal was his seventh La Liga effort and his first away from home
Real Madrid went three points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a hard-fought win at Real Valladolid.
Defender Nacho scored the only goal with a header from Toni Kroos’ cross, his first La Liga goal in two years.
Casemiro thought he had given Madrid the lead earlier on but his header from Kroos’ free-kick was disallowed by the video assistant referee for offside.
Lowly Valladolid had the ball in the net late on but Sergi Guardiola was offside when he hooked home.
Champions Barcelona lost 2-0 at Valencia on Saturday to give Zinedine Zidane’s side the chance to go clear at the top.
Valladolid, who are five points above the relegation zone, battled hard but did not manage a shot on target.
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- 18Regal Angulo
- 4Olivas Alba
- 16San Emeterio DíazSubstituted forDe la Fuenteat 81'minutes
- 24FernándezBooked at 10mins
- 21Herrero JavaloyasSubstituted forVilla Suárezat 58'minutes
- 9ÜnalSubstituted forPlanoat 76'minutes
- 7Guardiola Navarro
- 17Moyano Lujano
- 19Villa Suárez
- 22Martínez García
- 29De la Fuente
- 6NachoBooked at 76mins
- 5VaraneBooked at 36mins
- 10ModricBooked at 57minsSubstituted forValverdeat 88'minutes
- 27RodrygoSubstituted forJovicat 90+3'minutes
- 22IscoSubstituted forVázquezat 73'minutes
Referee:Ricardo de Burgos BengoetxeaAttendance:23,417
Home TeamReal ValladolidAway TeamReal MadridPossessionHome38%Away62%ShotsHome4Away12Shots on TargetHome0Away3CornersHome3Away5FoulsHome7Away11
Match ends, Real Valladolid 0, Real Madrid 1.