Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos took his side closer to the Spanish title by firing home from the penalty spot to earn them a 1-0 win over Getafe on Thursday.
Madrid moved four points clear of second-place Barcelona at the top of La Liga with five rounds remaining, thanks to their skipper's fourth goal in six matches.
Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois made a fine save to deny Nemanja Maksimovic early on and also stopped an effort from Jaime Mata as the visitors started well at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium.
Brazilian winger Vinicius Junior should have opened the scoring for Madrid but David Soria brilliantly kept out his sliding effort.
Getafe continued to probe and Ramos was forced into taking a yellow card after a cynical foul on Mata, while Soria did well to deny Isco.
The second half was tighter, with fewer chances, until Mathias Olivera brought down Dani Carvajal in the area.
Ramos slotted home from the penalty spot in the 79th minute to decisively send his side ahead and settle a tight clash.
Madrid have won all six matches since the restart of the league following a three-month stoppage for the coronavirus pandemic.
Defending champions Barcelona meanwhile settled for a third draw in four games on Tuesday when they were held 2-2 by Atletico Madrid, following up a 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo, throwing away their advantage from before the season restarted.
"We had to take advantage of Barcelona's slip up against Atletico, for us this was a final," said Madrid defender Carvajal.
"With four points advantage we depend on ourselves, it's up to us if we're going to win this league or not.
"The message from the coach after the break (due to the coronavirus health pandemic) was clear, we had 11 games left and we're going for 33 points."
Madrid, who last won the title in 2017, have 74 points from 33 games.
Earlier in San Sebastian Real Sociedad came from behind to beat Espanyol 2-1, ending their terrible run of form and putting another nail in the visitors' coffin.
David Lopez opened the scoring for bottom-of-the-table Espanyol after 10 minutes but Willian Jose and Alexander Isak's strikes helped the Basque Country club to their first win since La Liga resumed in June.
The victory leaves La them seventh, while Espanyol are 10 points from safety at the foot of the table.
In Pamplona Ruben Garcia struck twice for mid-table Osasuna as they won 2-0 at Eibar, who lie six points above the relegation zone in 16th.
Australian Associated Press