Betis: Adán; Molinero, Bruno, Pezzella, Vargas; Petros, N’Diaye; Kadir (Joaquín 57‘), Fabián (Dani Ceballos 50‘), Cejudo (Portillo 75‘); Rubén Castro. 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Keylor Navas; Danilo (Dani Carvajal 63‘), Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Isco; James (Jesé 79’), Benzema, Ronaldo. 4-3-3.
1-0. 07. Cejudo. First time volley past Navas after Fabián chested ball back.
1-1. 71. Benzema. Picked up square James pass and turned ball into net.
Yellow cards: Vargas 58’, Petros 60’, Danilo 63’, Molinero 68’, Dani Carvajal 92’.
Real Madrid remain four points behind second placed Atlético after they could only draw 1-1 against Betis on Sunday evening. Cejudo put the locals ahead early on with an impressive volley, but after that the locals hardly got near the visitors’ goal. However Adán was on top form against his old side, in particualr keeping out Benzema, James and Carvajal, and Ronaldo and Benzema both had good penalty appeals turned down before the break. With twenty minutes to go Benzema finally found the net after James set him up, but Adán made further saves from James, Benzema and Ronaldo, and Rubén Castro almost snatched a victory when he shot just wide on a quick breakaway right at the end.