Real Madrid had a hard time against relegation-threatened Granada, with Marco Asensio scoring the winner in the 74th.
Madrid had been winless in its last two matches, being eliminated by Athletic Bilbao in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey and held by Elche to a draw at home in the league.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team was without Karim Benzema and Vincius Jnior, its top two forwards this season.
Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid head coach:
“The best news of tonight are the three points.
“We played a very good second half.
“The team and the players performed.
“We all know right now we are not in our best moment, but I think it is going to end soon, as per next week we are recovering important players, so we can prepare the next match.
“The reaction of the players that started and the ones coming from the bench was very good to help the team. “
“I can say Asensio is a very important player.
“Not just because of his name but because he has scored many goals so far this season.
“His compromise with the team is very good. He works very well, and he is serious.
“I cannot say if he will be starting all the matches, but he is very important for us. Today we won thanks to his best quality, his shot. “