Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos,
Raúl Albiol, Marcelo; Granero (Xabi Alonso 66'), Lass; Di María
(Khedira 57'), Özil (Canales 80'), Benzema; Adebayor. 4-2-3-1.
Hércules: Calatayud; David Cortés, Abraham Paz, Pamarot, Pulhac; Abel Aguilar, Farinós; Kiko Femenía, Tiago Gomes (Valdez 65'), Thomert (Sendoa 65'); Portillo (Cristian 71'). 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 24. Benzema. Turned ball past Calatayud after Arbeloa crossed in from right.
2-0. 56. Benzema. Picked up Di María pass and cut in from left of area to score.
Yellow cards: Pulhac 77'.
This week it was Real Madrid's turn to go first before Barcelona, and they closed the gap to four points pending Barça's tricky game at Sevilla tomorrow with a 2-0 victory over Hércules. With a Champions League tie coming up Mourinho rested two or three of his key players, but even so they took the lead midway through the first half when Özil and Arbeloa combined to set up Benzema. A few minutes later Calatayud did well to tip over a header from Adebayor, but Casillas was called upon after that to save from Thomert and Kiko. After the restart though Madrid came out to kill the match, Adebayor sweeping Di María's long ball against the bar and Benzema bringing a good stop out of Calatayud. And ten minutes in to the second half Benzema picked up a long ball on the left wing to cut in past two defenders and beat the keeper from a wide angle. Özil, Adebayor and Khedira all had chances after that, but the game was already won against a team who have not been able to score away from home in over 1,000 minutes of football.