Real Madrid had to rely on two goals from defender Raphael Varane to come away from bottom of the table Huesca with three points, and momentarily jump above Barcelona to second in La Liga.
Real Madrid grew into the game after a surprisingly bright start from their hosts but, for all their possession, chances came at a premium against a very rigid and organized Huesca side. Karim Benzema’s effort just after the half hour mark was the one moment of note, as his strike forced Alvaro Fernandez into a very good stop.
Huesca replicated their blistering start to the first period and instantly peppered the Madrid goal in the second. In between Mikel Rico and Rafa Mir efforts hitting the bar, Los Aragoneses deservedly found a breakthrough in the 48th minute when a Shinji Okazaki cross was finished phenomenally by Javi Galan.
Los Blancos reacted well, though, and found an equaliser just six minutes later. Benzema’s wonderful free kick cannoned off the crossbar and eventually dropped to Varane, who nodded home to make it 1-1.
The visitors continued to push as Benzema saw several efforts brilliantly saved, but, in the end, it was a Kroos free kick headed back across goal by Casemiro that allowed Varane to bundle in his second with six minutes left on the clock.