Elche 1-2 Real Madrid: Vinicius Junior double sends visitors top

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Vinicius Junior scored the sixth and seventh La Liga goals for Real Madrid this season, bringing Real Madrid back at the top of their table

Real Madrid won narrowly at Elche to move top in La Liga on goal difference.

Vinicius Junior scored the opening goal midway through the second half. He grabbed Mariano's flick and sent a low finish to the corner.

Raul Guti, Elche's rogue challenger on Toni Kroos was sent to Vinicius before Real doubled Real's lead through a cool finish by Luka Modric's pass.

Real won the game, but Pere Milla scored late to give Elche some hope.

The hosts matched Carlo Ancelotti’s side - without injured top scorer Karim Benzema – for large spells. They could have opened the scoring through Lucas Boye but Thibaut Courtois saved the shot.

Lucas Perez could have restored parity following Vinicius' opener, but Javier Pastore's flick was too wide for Courtois' goal.

Real Sociedad will be hosting Basque rivals Athletic Bilbao on Sunday night to reclaim the top spot.