Real Madrid moved to the top of the Spanish La Liga table on Saturday after defeating Deportivo Alaves 2-1 at the Estadio Mendizorroza.
Real captain, Sergio Ramos, opened the scoring with a flicked header 10 minutes into the second half.
Lucas Perez equalised from the penalty spot for Alaves, but Dani Carvajal bundled home from close range to earn Los Blancos the win.
Real lacked intensity despite starting on a strong note, struggling to create clear-cut opportunities in a frustrating first half.
Gareth Bale Bale, making his first start since suffering a calf injury at the beginning of October and the “Wales.Golf.Madrid” flag controversy, started brightly and went closest to breaking the deadlock before half-time, heading Isco’s cross on to the post via a heavy deflection off Ximo Navarro.
Ramos eventually nodded the visitors into the lead from Toni Kroos’ delivery, but the Real skipper conceded a penalty when he collided with Joselu inside the area.
Former Arsenal striker Perez sent Alphonse Areola the wrong way from the spot, but Carvajal restored Madrid’s lead four minutes later after Isco’s header had rebounded off the post.
The win lifts Zidane’s team three points clear of second-placed Barcelona, which will return to the top of the table if they beat Atletico Madrid on Sunday.