Karim Benzema struck early in the second half as Real Madrid moved six clear at the top of LaLiga with a 1-0 derby win over Atletico Madrid.
It was little more than an evening stroll for Real Madrid, who outclassed Real Zaragoza to reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.
Karim Benzema missed a golden opportunity as Real Madrid beat Real Valladolid 1-0 courtesy of Nacho's second-half goal.
Karim Benzema (hamstring) and Gareth Bale (illness) are unlikely to feature in the Supercopa de Espana for Real Madrid.
With January approaching, Real Madrid look to be keeping faith with an existing star, as Karim Benzema reportedly nears a contract renewal.
After a goalless draw on Sunday, Zinedine Zidane dismissed the prospect of attacking reinforcements in January.
El Clasico is the "most important game of the year" for Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann, but he insisted it would be nothing new for him.
Zinedine Zidane hailed Real Madrid's resilience and explained Thibaut Courtois' decision to go up for a late corner versus Valencia.
Karim Benzema got a late equaliser at Valencia on Sunday, leaving coach Zinedine Zidane thrilled by Real Madrid's attitude.
Karim Benzema revelled in his late heroics for Real Madrid, who stayed level on points with Barcelona atop the table.