Real Madrid were frustrated for long periods by Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu but eventually came out deserved winners thanks to a strike from Karim Benzema.
The striker returned to the starting line-up after missing out against Atletico Madrid in midweek and finally managed to get himself on the scoresheet in La Liga after a long dry spell. Madrid had much the better of the possession but were held out by a performance the Balearic Islanders defence can be proud of. The goal opened the away side up and Real Madrid in the end should have extended their lead with Benzema missing from close range and Cristiano Ronaldo hitting the bar. Jose Mourinho will be happy with a hard earned three points to keep them within four points of Barcelona.