Real Madrid laboured to their seventh win of the season with a 2-0 win at home to Valencia and jump into the Europa League places.
The thirteen-time Champions League winners alleviated some of their recent troubles with a fortunate victory and ended their visitors unbeaten away run.
After being humbled by Eibar last week, the home side took a fortuitous lead in the eighth minute when make-shift right back Daniel Wass nodded into his own net from a Daniel Carvajal cross.
With an excellent spell after the break, the visitors let Real Madrid off the hook-on multiple occasions’ amends with in-form forward Santi Mina wasting a golden opportunity when he skied his shot from the penalty box over the crossbar.
Moments later former Arsenal defender Gabriel wasted another opportunity after failing to hit the target with his shot after a set piece found its way to him inside the goal area.
On-loan Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi was then denied by former teammate Thibaut Courtois before the European champions showed they class down the other end, when Lucas Vazquez sealed victory with a swift counter-attack to help move Madrid up to fifth in the table.
The referee did signal for VAR assistance for the goal after Vazquez buried the ball inside the right post after showing brilliant composure to finish.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Reguilon; Modric, Llorente, Ceballos; Lucas Vazquez, Benzema, Bale
Valencia: Neto; Wass, Garay, Gabriel, Gaya; Soler, Parejo, Coquelin, Guedes; Gameiro, Santi Mina