James Rodriguez scored a goal in each half as Real Madrid responded to Barcelona pressure by going level with their rivals at the top of LaLiga thanks to a commanding 6-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna.
Zinedine Zidane was unmoved from his recent rotation policy and made nine changes to the side beaten in dramatic circumstances by a Lionel Messi-inspired Barca on Sunday.
Taking to the field after Barcelona thumped basement boys Osasuna 7-1, Madrid tore into Depor and Alvaro Morata scored inside the first minute.
James made it two within a quarter of an hour and Lucas Vazquez settled any doubts over the destination of the points on the stroke of half-time after Florin Andone briefly gave Deportivo hope.
Isco was their main tormentor throughout and got in on the act after James tapped in his second
Joselu gained a measure of consolation for Depor – who are still not completely safe from relegation trouble – but fellow substitute Casemiro followed up his goal against Barca to complete the rout.
The Clasico rivals are locked together on 78 points at the summit, although Madrid retain a game in hand and, with the news of Barcelona’s resounding victory probably still ringing in their ears, they hit the front after 54 seconds at Riazor.
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