Real Madrid escaped a possible comeback as they managed to beat Levante 3-2 in Saturday's early LaLiga kickoff.
Zinedine Zidane could no longer be patient for Eden Hazard's full return to fitness as the forward was made to debut for Real Madrid.
Zidane's men took a three goal lead in the first half to the delight of home fans at the Santiago Bernabeu, but their visitors cancelled two goals in the second half.
Real Madrid got the lead after 25 minutes when Daniel Carvajal's great cross met a well-positioned Karim Benzema who headed straight into the net.
Benzema scored his second when James Rodriguez cut open Levante defense and sent a through pass to the French striker in the 31st minute.
Before the half time break, Vinicious Junior provided an assist for Casemiro to tap in easily for Real Madrid's third goal.
Levante came out stronger after the break, and it immediately paid off when a VAR review confirmed Borja Mayoral's 49th minute goal.
On the hour mark, Casemiro was pulled out for Eden Hazard, who made his Real Madrid debut despite manager Zinedine Zidane claiming he will not rush the injured Belgian back into action.
Levante kept the pressure and the deficit was further reduced when in the 75th minute when Gonzalo Melero fired in from close range.
Real Madrid held on tight to the lead and managed to claim all three points.