Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Garay, Pepe, Marcelo;
Granero (Diarrà 85'), Xabi Alonso, Kaká (Van der Vaart 87'),
Drenthe; Higuaín, Benzema (Raúl 60'). 4-4-2.
Racing: Toño; Pinillos (Henrique 59'), Morris, Torrejón, Christian; Lacen, Colsa; Luis García, Munitis, Oscar Serrano (Canales 60'); Tchité (Geijo 67'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 22. Higuaín. Turned shot past Toño after Garay headed ball back in.
Yellow cards: Morris 52', Alonso 74', Garay 77', Lacen 92'.
Real Madrid will go in to next weekend's big clash with Barcelona a point ahead of their rivals after a 1-0 victory over Racing Santander. Xabi Alonso hit the post and Kaká brought a great save out of Toño before Higuaín opened the scoring midway through the first half. But after that they created few chances, and new coach Miguel Angel Portugal felt his side were unlucky to go home empty handed after Canales had a strike ruled out for a non-existent offside later on.