Madrid: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe,
Marcelo; Xabi Alonso, Lass; Özil (Coentrão 74'), Kaká (Di
María 60'), Cristiano Ronaldo (Altintop 78'); Higuaín. 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Casto; Chica, Amaya, Dorado, Nacho; Salva Sevilla (Santa Cruz 61'), Beñat (Momo 77'), Iriney, Vadillo (Sergio Rodríguez 66'); Rubén Castro, Jorge Molina. 4-4-2.
1-0. 46. Higuaín. Tap in on far post after Ronaldo laid ball across from left of area.
2-0. 59. Kaká. Picked up Ronaldo pass on edge of area and curled shot past Casto.
2-1. 69. Molina. Controlled Rubén Castro pass and poked shot wide of Casillas.
3-1. 70. Higuaín. Ran on to Di María through ball and rounded keeper to score.
4-1. 73. Higuaín. Lobbed shot over Casto after picking up Di María through ball.
Yellow cards: Pepe 24', Salva Sevilla 60', Beñat 64', Momo 86'.
Real Madrid stay a point behind co-leaders Barcelona and Levante after they clocked up a comfortable 4-1 win over Betis on Saturday evening. The Andalusians held their own up to half time, with 17 year old Vadillo bringing a good save out of Casillas before being stretchered off with a serious knee injury, and Beñat and Rubén Castro going close. Özil, Ronaldo, Higuaín and Kaká all failed to beat Casto at the other end, but just a minute after the restart Higuaín picked up a pass from Ronaldo to put José Mourinho's side ahead. Kaká made it two soon afterwards from another Ronaldo assist, and although Jorge Molina got one back, Di María set up Higuaín to score two more to complete his second hat-trick in a row in the league, and his third in the last fortnight, including the one he scored for Argentina last week. Good news for Mourinho, who is now spoilt for choice for his attacking line up to play Lyon next Tuesday.