Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Raúl Albiol,
Garay, Marcelo; Lass, Gago; Cristiano Ronaldo (Van Nistelrooy 79'), Raúl
(Granero 60'), Kaká (Guti 68'); Benzema. 4-2-3-1.
Xerez: Renan; Francis, Aythami, David Prieto, Casado (Momo 58'); Viqueira, Moreno (Abel Gómez 73'), Alex Bergantiños; Carlos Calvo, Maldonado (Antoñito 67'), Armenteros. 4-3-3.
1-0. 01. Cristian Ronaldo. Cut across area and fired angled shot back past Renan.
2-0. 75. Cristian Ronaldo. Header in to far corner of net from Granero's corner.
3-0. 78. Guti. Drove shot past Renan after Benzema's effort blocked.
4-0. 81. Benzema. Picked up Van Nistelrooy pass and struck shot wide of Renan.
5-0. 89. Van Nistelrooy. Took Guti pass and ran on to shoot under legs of keeper.
Yellow cards: None.
Real Madrid move to the top of the table after thrashing newly promoted Xerez 5-0. within a minute they were ahead after Cristian Ronaldo picked up the ball outside of the area and cut across to shoot past Renan. After that though the visitors put up a good fight, Viqueira even hitting the bar with a first half free kick before the floodgates opened in the end.
Ronaldo headed his second of the night from Granero's corner with a quarter of an hour to go, and Guti made it three just a couple of minutes later after Benzema's first shot had been blocked, and then the striker kicked at air. Van Nistelrooy came on for his first appearance of the season after a long injury lay-off, and he set up Benzema for his much-needed first official goal for his club, and then score the fifth goal himself. That was just enough to take his side above Barcelona on goal difference.