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Real Madrid overcame the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters Wednesday, coming from behind to defeat Leganes 3-1 Wednesday in a Spanish league match postponed from previous year.

But it was holding midfielder Casemiro who shone after being handed a more progressive role in the absence of several of Zinedine Zidane's big names.

The Spaniard completed the triangle by playing in the Brazilian, who finished off with the fourth touch of the move.

The match was Real Madrid's game in hand following their involvement in the 2017 Club World Cup, and the victory ensured that they would close the gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid to seven points.

Spanish winger Lucas Vazquez pulled the champions back into the game five minutes later by latching on to a backheel by Casemiro and arrowing his finish into the far bottom corner.

Ronaldo joins a high profile list of players who will miss the short trip to Madrid neighbours Leganes which also includes Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Marcelo, who are all injured.

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The lead lasted just five minutes as Real took advantage of Dimitris Siovas' poor clearance, as Vazquez fired right-footed past Ivan Cuellar after Karim Benzema and Casemiro combined to set him up.

Unai Bustinza gave the hosts a shock lead after just six minutes, profiting from some bad defending.

The visitors had a super chance to take the lead in the 16th minute when Lucas freed Marco Asensio in a risky position, but the Spain global could only strike into the body of Cuellar.

Ramos' evening took a turn for the worse when he collected his fifth booking of the season after tangling with Nabil El Zhar, a caution which will keep him out of Saturday's clash with Alaves.

However, Los Blancos sealed the result in stoppage time with Sergio Ramos converting a penalty after Mateo Kovacic as brought down, 1-3.