Hércules: Calatayud; David
Cortés, Sergio Rodríguez, Pamarot, Peña; Abel Aguilar,
Fritzler; Tiago Gomes, Valdez (Portillo 80'), Thomert (Sendoa 49');
Trézéguet (Rufete 68'). 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Pepe (Benzema 75'), Carvalho, Marcelo; Khedira, Xavi Alonso; Di María, Özil (Arbeloa 83'), Cristiano Ronaldo; Higuaín (Raúl Albiol 83'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 03. Trézéguet. Got on end of Cortés cross to steer header wide of Casillas.
1-1. 52. Di María. Shot past Calatayud after keeper failed to hold Ronaldo shot.
1-2. 82. Ronaldo. Steered shot in to net after keeper pushed out Benzema shot.
1-3. 86. Ronaldo. First time shot past Calatayud after Benzema laid ball across.
Yellow cards: Xabi Alonso 65', Marcelo 73', Carvalho 77'.
Real Madrid made sure of top spot for another week after coming from a goal down to beat Hércules 1-3. The Alicante based side had already beaten Barcelona and Sevilla this season, and they went ahead in only the third minute when Trézéguet headed a David Cortés cross wide of Casillas. Calatayud did well to keep out Cristiano Ronaldo and Higuaín a few minutes later, but the locals could have extended their lead had Casillas not come out quickly to block another header from Trézéguez.
Seven minutes after the restart though Calatayud failed to hold on to a bouncing shot from Ronaldo and Di María nipped in quickly to drill home the rebound. With a quarter of an hour to go Mourinho went for broke, bringing on Benzema for Pepe, and it proved an inspired move. The out of favour French striker created two goals in four minutes for Ronaldo, and Ronaldo could have completed a hat-trick had he not missed the target after rounding the keeper.