Real Madrid bounce back with rousing 3-1 win over Barca

Madrid's win earns them a six-point lead over the Catalans in the table, albeit having played one game more.

Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-1. Picture: Twitter @realmadriden.

BARCELONA - Real Madrid averted a crisis in the best possible way on Saturday by beating Barcelona 3-1 in the first empty Clasico and landing an early blow in La Liga's title race.

Barca had the chance to inflict a third consecutive defeat on their rivals and increase the pressure on Zinedine Zidane.

Instead, Madrid's win earns them a six-point lead over the Catalans in the table, albeit having played one game more.