Sergio Ramos hit a late penalty as Real Madrid moved four points clear at the top of the LaLiga table with victory over Getafe.
After Barcelona were held by Atletico Madrid earlier in the week, Real won 1-0 on Thursday night to pull further clear of their two nearest rivals at the summit.
Getafe more than held their own at the Bernabeu for much of the evening until the hosts were awarded a penalty 12 minutes from time.
Dani Carvajal was tripped by Mathias Olivera after cutting back inside the box and Ramos made no mistake from the spot, scoring his 21st successive penalty to earn Zinedine Zidane’s side a hard-fought three points.
Espanyol remain rooted to the foot of the table after losing at Real Sociedad.
David Lopez put the visitors ahead with a stooping header after William Jose had seen a similar effort ruled out by VAR for offside.
He did turn home the equaliser for Sociedad, who wrapped up a 2-1 win courtesy of substitute Alexander Isak’s effort.
Ruben Garcia hit both goals as Osasuna won 2-0 at Eibar in the other LaLiga fixture of the night.