Cristiano Ronaldo and Gonzalo Higuain both scored twice as Real Madrid went back to the top of the Spanish League with a 4-2 win at Getafe on Thursday, replacing Barcelona on goal difference.
It was a 10th successive league win for Real with three goals in the first 23 minutes as the Madrid giants steamrolled their neighbours.
Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 13th minute, curling in a superb free-kick before Argentine striker Higuain marked a century of games with a double inside three minutes to take his season's tally to 22.
Ronaldo grabbed his second, and 17th of the season, to make it 4-0 before Real old boy Daniel Parejo pulled a goal back for the hosts in the first period.
But there was no chance of a horror show when Real surged into a four-goal first half lead. "It was a good result at a ground that had not been good to us in the past and we are now back at the top," said coach Manuel Pellegrini.
Atletico Madrid warmed up for Sunday's derby with a 2-0 home win over Bilbao to boost their chances of sneaking into Europe.