Auxerre - Real Madrid were made to wait as a late Angel Di Maria goal earned them a 1-0 win at Auxerre in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Second-half substitute Di Maria volleyed home from inside the area nine minutes from time to send Real top of the Group G standings on six points.
Auxerre were on the back foot throughout the match but proved dangerous on the break and under-pressure Real defender Pepe even headed the ball against his own post from a cross shortly before Di Maria broke the deadlock.
Real Madrid next face AC Milan at home on Oct. 19, while Auxerre travel to Ajax Amsterdam. Ajax held Milan to a 1-1 draw in the other match in the group on Tuesday.