Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio were on target as Real Madrid returned to winning ways by beating Celta Vigo 2-0 on Saturday.
Madrid scored early in each half to seal the points after being held to a draw by Elche in their last game.
Vazquez opened the scoring in the sixth minute and Asensio doubled Madrid's advantage in the 53rd minute to leave Celta with too much to do.
It was Celta's first defeat since they lost to Sevilla on Nov. 21, which signalled the start of a six-game unbeaten run under new coach Eduardo Coudet.
Saturday's loss also came with the double blow of injuries to Iago Aspas and Nolito, with both forwards taken off in the second half.
The win moves Madrid top of the league for the time being, one point clear of Atletico Madrid, who have three games in hand.
Celta, meanwhile, remain eighth having moved up the table in recent weeks following the appointment of Coudet.
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