Karim Benzema scored the only goal as Real beat Atletico in the Madrid derby to move six points clear at the top of la Liga.
The French striker regenerate Ferland Mendy’s cross from six yards bent on provide Real a deserved win.
Fifth-placed Atletico, who haven’t won in five games, were dissatisfactory, although Angel Correa hit the post.
Real could have won by more with half-time substitute Vinicius Junior forcing two saves from Jan Oblak.
Zinedine Zidane’s side are currently undefeated in 21 games and have won eight in a row – including a penalty shootout success over Atletico within the Spanish Super Cup.
Second-placed Barcelona host Levante on Sunday.
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