Alvaro Morata double helps much-changed Real Madrid return to top of table

A Real Madrid team without Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema claimed a 4-2 win over Leganes, holding off a fightback from the hosts to reclaim top spot in La Liga from Barcelona.

Zinedine Zidane rang the changes ahead of a hectic April which will see seven rounds of Liga fixtures played, deciding to rest a number of key players. Regardless, Real Madrid looked to be cruising in the first half, going 3-0 up after just 23 minutes.

But Leganes scored twice in three minutes to peg the visitors back to 3-2, raising hope that the hosts could complete an unlikely comeback. However, Real Madrid did just enough to claim three points, with an own goal from Martin Mantovani giving them a two-goal cushion again.

Leganes showed spirit throughout, pressing and probing in an effort to find a way back into the game, but Real Madrid did enough to hold them at arm’s length despite a series of shaky moments at the back. Zidane’s side remain at the top of La Liga ahead of the weekend’s derby against Atletico Madrid.

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