Real Madrid weathered a first-half storm and were grateful to goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as they beat Getafe 3-0 on Saturday to kick off 2020 with three points.
A first-half own goal from David Soria and second-half efforts from Raphael Varane and Luka Modric were enough for Zinedine Zidane's side to move top of La Liga ahead of Saturday's Catalan derby.
Getafe went into the game after losing 1-0 against Villarreal in their final game of 2019, while Real Madrid had to settle for a draw in their last game, at home to Athletic Bilbao.
Following Saturday's result, Getafe are seventh in La Liga, having garnered 30 points from 19 matches, while Real Madrid sit first with 40 points after playing a total of 19 matches.
The opening goal was an own goal, scored by David Soria in the 34th minute. It came following three top saves from Courtois and gave Madrid a narrow lead at the break.
The second half started favourably for Real Madrid, with a goal from Raphael Varane 53 minutes in the game. Later, Real Madrid scored again and increased their advantage thanks to a goal from Luka Modric in the 90th minute just before the end of the second half, which saw the second half to a 0-3.
At the end of the match, both teams made 3 substitutions each. For Getafe, Jorge Molina, Francisco Portillo and Amath Ndiaye came on for Faycal Fajr, Jaime Mata and Allan Nyom, while Madrid brought on Federico Valverde, Vinicius Junior and Luka Jovic to replace Toni Kroos, Isco and Karim Benzema.
The referee booked Allan Nyom, Suarez Damian and Francisco Portillo from Getafe, while for Real Madrid Luka Jovic and Ferland Mendy saw a yellow card as well.
Getafe with their next fixture against Leganés at away stadium, while Real Madrid will face Sevilla at home stadium.