Modric sparks Real Madrid rout of Granada that keeps La Liga hopes alive

Real Madrid swatted aside Granada 4-1 on Thursday to ensure the La Liga title race will go down to the wire.

First-half strikes from Luka Modric and Rodrygo put the visitors in control, and even when Jorge Molina halved the deficit on 71 minutes they rarely looked troubled

The substitute Álvaro Odriozola restored Real’s two-goal advantage after 75 minutes and less than 60 seconds later Karim Benzema made it four after latching on to an error from the Granada goalkeeper, Rui Silva.

Real moved into second place on 78 points, two behind leaders Atlético Madrid with only two games left to play. Real travel to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday while their city rivals host Osasuna on the same day, with all matches kicking off simultaneously.

Should Real fail to beat Bilbao, Atlético will be champions if they overcome Osasuna.