Real Madrid claimed a narrow 1-0 win at Getafe thanks to an early header from Eder Militao.
The victory moved them back up to the top of the LaLiga standings.
Militao scored the winner in the third minute, ghosting between several defenders to head home from close-range from a corner by Luka Modric.
Yet despite their early breakthrough and a dominant performance, Madrid were unable to break down Getafe’s defensive wall and extend their lead.
Playing at Getafe has often caused trouble for Madrid, who were winless in their two previous visits to the Coliseum Alfonso Perez, having failed to score in both matches.
Madrid, who bounced back from dropping their first points of the campaign in a disappointing home draw against Osasuna last weekend, moved on to 22 points, three ahead of rivals Barcelona who have a game in hand and will host Celta Vigo on Sunday.