Rodrygo, Vinícius Júnior and Jude Bellingham were all on the scoresheet.
The LALIGA title race could be all done and dusted with 14 games still to be played after Real Madrid crushed their closest rivals, Girona, at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu on Saturday evening.
The visitors had the odds stacked against them for their latest encounter, with coach Míchel given a touchline ban after being sent off for his protests against a refereeing decision against Real Sociedad last weekend. In addition, influential midfielder Yangel Herrera and experienced defender Daley Blind were both absent through suspensions of their own after collecting five yellow cards.
That wasn’t to say that Carlo Ancelotti didn’t face his own headaches in the Real Madrid camp. Antonio Rüdiger was forced out through injury meaning that the Italian had no fit central defenders for this game.
In the end, there were few defensive concerns for Real Madrid as Girona failed to register a single shot on target at the Bernabéu. Instead, it was Vinícius Júnior who opened the scoring on only six minutes with a fine curling effort from the edge of the box.
Once the treasure chest was opened, Real Madrid found their space and allowed Jude Bellingham to exploit it with the England international scoring a further two goals to give the league leaders a convincing advantage over their closest rivals.
In another moment of individual brilliance, Rodrygo Goes made it four as he ran through the Girona defence and then curled the ball past Paulo Gazzaniga in the Girona goal, with Joselu then missing the chance to make it five as he hit a penalty kick against the post on the stroke of full-time.