Real Madrid dismantled a poor Valencia side at home in the Santiago Bernabeu

Vinicius Junior scored twice as Real Madrid beat Valencia 4-1 at the Bernabeu on Saturday to go eight points clear at the top of the LaLiga table

Madrid dominated the first half but were unable to break the deadlock until Karim Benzema, who also scored twice, dispatched a 43rd minute penalty, awarded after Casemiro went down in the box.

Benzema confidently placed his penalty in the top corner for his 16th league goal of the season -- and his 300th goal for Real Madrid -- to ensure that the home side went in ahead at half-time.

Benzema added his second late on to put the game further out of reach for the visitos.

Goncalo Guedes pulled a goal back for Valencia as Madrid held on for the win, and the result leaves the leaders on 49 points, eight ahead of second-placed Sevilla

Karim Benzema converted a penalty earned by Casemiro just before halftime on Saturday to reach 300 career goals for Madrid

Manchester United have been linked with Valencia’s Serbian midfielder Uros Racic, 22, who has a £92 million release clause in his current contract 

Real Madrid’s dominance grew further in the first half as Bale, Benzema and Isco all shone

Valencia have been inconsistent prompting the club to strengthen their squad ahead of the second round of the campaign.