After going down to a late first-half strike from Fidel, Xavi's troops maintained the pressure and substitutes Torres and Depay kept the wins coming.
Elche felt they were hard done by in their 2-1 home defeat to Barcelona in LaLiga on Sunday.
For the average football fan, recent examples of VAR's application have added to the belief the system is making life more difficult for decision-makers.
The game itself was nothing to write home about but the extra time was scintillating.
Trying to schedule the games that form part of match-day 21 of the 2021-22 season showcases just how condensed the fixture list has become...
Vinicius has stepped up under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti, becoming one of Real Madrid's key men this season.
Two thousand Atlético Madrid fans celebrated outside an empty stadium and inside a teary-eyed Diego Simeone walks across the pitch at the Jose Zorilla stadium and consoles Valladolid defender Kiko Olivas