Madrid’s unbeaten run in LaLiga goes on with a 4-1 win over Granada.
It was 19-year-old Miguel Gutierez, who replaced Marcelo at left back after the Brazilian was axed following a reported bust-up with coach Zinedine Zidane, who set up the first goal with a brilliantly lofted pass into the path of Luka Modric on 17 minutes.
And in injury time of the first half, 20-year-old Marvin Park flicked the ball into space for Rodrgyo Goes to make it 2-0.
Rodrygo is only 19 himself and with 20-year-old Vinicius on the other flank this was a young Madrid team giving the club hope not just for a miracle in the last two games of the season, but also going into next season.
They are now two points behind Atletico Madrid with two games left to play.
‘We just have to win both our games and hope that they slip-up’, said goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who was forced to make saves in the second half as the home side pushed to get back in it.
Molina pulled one back after he volleyed in following a Courtois save but two goals in two minutes rounded things off for the visitors.
Odriozola fired his shot over Silva before Benzema capitalised on the keeper’s mistake and added a fourth from long range.
Just four minutes later Alvaro Odriozola made it 3-1 and when Rui Silva came charging out of his goal Karim Benzema robbed him of the ball and bent his shot from distance into an empty net to make it 4-1.
Zinedine Zidane celebrated in his technical area as his faith in the youth team players paid off.
The Madrid coach had left Eden Hazard on the bench and Marcelo back in the Spanish capital for Madrid’s 50th game of the season.
Hazard managed an assist – it was his cross that Odriozola turned in for the third goal of the night.
But Courtois complained post-match about the way the team had given the ball away in the last 10 minutes as the substitutes failed to keep the ball as the starters had.
Madrid leapfrog Barcelona back into second, just two points off the leaders Atletico with two games remaining. Next up for them is a trip to Athletic Bilbao away on Sunday.
And Villarreal at home on the last day of the season. Atletico Madrid are home to Osasuna at the weekend and finish their campaign against Valladolid.
Mean while Granada stay in 10th, having now lost their last three on the bounce and Martinez will be hoping they can turn things around against Alaves at the weekend.