Gareth Bale scored for the first time in almost two months as Real Madrid moved level with leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.

Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo capped a fine week by thrashing in the opening goal at bottom club Real Betis.

Bale, who had last netted against Valladolid on 30 November, curled in a superb free-kick before Karim Benzema scored his 100th goal for Madrid.

Carlo's way

Ancelotti has guided Real Madrid to a 18-game unbeaten run in all competitions since a 2-1 defeat at Barcelona on 26 October.

Angel Di Maria converted a rebound and Alvaro Morata wrapped up an easy win.

Carlo Ancelotti's side knew a victory would put pressure on top two Barca and Atletico, who play Levante and Sevilla respectively on Sunday.

And they responded with a dynamic performance against a Betis side who offered little resistance.

Portugal captain Ronaldo, who also scored in Wednesday's Copa del Rey win at Osasuna, celebrated being named as the world's best player by blasting in his 21st goal of the season from long range.

Betis keeper Stephan Andersen did not even move and was beaten easily again shortly after by Bale's pinpoint set-piece.

The Welshman, who moved to the Bernabeu in an £85m world-record transfer, has drawn criticism in recent weeks after failing to hit top form following a calf injury.

Free-kick kings

Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo are the only La Liga players to score more than one free-kick this season. Bale has scored two from four attempts, with Ronaldo netting twice from 20 attempts.

And the 24-year-old's relief was clearly evident as he was mobbed by his team-mates in celebration of his 10th goal for Los Blancos.

France striker Benzema blasted inside the post, following great build-up play from Luka Modric, shortly before half-time to rack up his century in all competitions since joining from Lyon in 2009.

After the break, the away side continued to press and scored their fourth when Argentina winger Di Maria thumped a low drive into the bottom corner.

Substitute Morata, who Ancelotti reiterated on Friday would not be leaving the Bernabeu after being linked with Premier League side Arsenal, clipped in from close range in the final minute.

Betis sacked recently-appointed West Bromwich Albion coach Pep Mel last month and are bottom on 11 points after 20 matches, five adrift of Rayo Vallecano and Real Valladolid.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Real Betis

  • 01 Andersen
  • 02 Chica Torres Booked
  • 12 Vilá Roselló
  • 21 Reyes (Caro Martínez - 78' )
  • 03 Paulão
  • 04 Amaya
  • 06 Baptistao
  • 05 Matilla
  • 24 Castro (Vadillo - 56' Booked )
  • 19 Molina
  • 14 Sevilla López Booked (Juanfran - 63' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Vadillo
  • 10 Verdú
  • 11 Juanfran
  • 13 Sara
  • 17 Pérez López
  • 23 Pérez Santamaría
  • 36 Caro Martínez

Real Madrid

  • 25 López
  • 15 Carvajal
  • 12 Marcelo
  • 14 Alonso
  • 03 Pepe
  • 04 Ramos Booked (Nacho - 73' )
  • 19 Modric
  • 22 Di María (Illarramendi - 69' )
  • 09 Benzema (Morata - 77' )
  • 11 Bale
  • 07 Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 17 Arbeloa
  • 18 Nacho
  • 20 Jesé
  • 21 Morata
  • 23 Isco
  • 24 Illarramendi
Ref: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Att: 48,500

Match Stats

Shots

7 21

On target

1 11

Corners

0 7

Fouls

18 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Real Betis 0, Real Madrid 5.

90:00 +1:50 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Real Betis 0, Real Madrid 5.

90:00 +1:43

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo with a through ball.

90:00 +1:01

Offside, Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo tries a through ball, but Daniel Carvajal is caught offside.

89:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Betis 0, Real Madrid 5. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

89:12

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

86:48

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Juanfran.

85:44

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Álvaro Morata.

85:17

Attempt blocked. Juanfran (Real Betis) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Javier Matilla.

84:35

Attempt missed. Jorge Molina (Real Betis) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Leo Baptistao with a cross.

83:55

Attempt missed. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses the top right corner.

83:11

Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:11

Foul by Leo Baptistao (Real Betis).

82:58

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

82:58

Juanfran (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:33

Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

80:43

Attempt saved. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

79:01

Attempt missed. Paulao (Real Betis) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.

78:44

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid).

78:44

Paulao (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:49

Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

77:49

Jorge Molina (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Betis. Caro replaces Lorenzo Reyes.

76:58 Booking

Booking Javi Chica (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:53

Nacho (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

76:53

Foul by Javi Chica (Real Betis).

76:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

75:05

Offside, Real Betis. Stephan Andersen tries a through ball, but Leo Baptistao is caught offside.

73:47

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Luka Modric following a set piece situation.

73:02 Booking

Booking Álvaro Vadillo (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

72:53

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

72:53

Foul by Álvaro Vadillo (Real Betis).

72:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Nacho replaces Sergio Ramos.

71:29

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

71:29

Javier Matilla (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:09

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:09

Foul by Jorge Molina (Real Betis).

68:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Ángel Di María.

66:40

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth Bale following a fast break.

65:02

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:02

Foul by Paulao (Real Betis).

64:48

Hand ball by Jorge Molina (Real Betis).

63:06

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

61:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Betis. Juanfran replaces Salva Sevilla.

61:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Betis 0, Real Madrid 4. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

60:14

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Stephan Andersen.

60:11

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

59:22

Offside, Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo tries a through ball, but Marcelo is caught offside.

58:34

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

57:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

57:02

Delay in match Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

56:53

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:53

Foul by Álvaro Vadillo (Real Betis).

56:25

Offside, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

55:50

Dangerous play by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

55:50

Javi Chica (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Betis. Álvaro Vadillo replaces Rubén Castro.

52:57

Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

52:24

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Amaya.

51:29

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Stephan Andersen.

51:26

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Ramos.

50:51

Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

50:03

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Amaya.

49:26

Attempt missed. Jorge Molina (Real Betis) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Salva Sevilla with a cross following a set piece situation.

48:58

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

48:58

Jorge Molina (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:30

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Marcelo.

46:35

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

45:34

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:34

Foul by Paulao (Real Betis).

45:00

Second Half begins Real Betis 0, Real Madrid 3.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Real Betis 0, Real Madrid 3.

45:00 +0:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Betis 0, Real Madrid 3. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luka Modric.

44:58

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:58

Foul by Leo Baptistao (Real Betis).

43:28

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

43:28

Salva Sevilla (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the left wing.

41:13

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:13

Foul by Paulao (Real Betis).

40:39

Attempt missed. Dídac Vilá (Real Betis) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

40:03

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

40:03

Salva Sevilla (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:51

Attempt missed. Pepe (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sergio Ramos with a cross.

38:14

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Javi Chica.

36:46

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:46

Foul by Javier Matilla (Real Betis).

35:04

Attempt missed. Salva Sevilla (Real Betis) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Leo Baptistao with a cross.

33:38

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:38

Foul by Leo Baptistao (Real Betis).

32:12

Offside, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

29:52

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:52

Foul by Javier Matilla (Real Betis).

28:03

Offside, Real Madrid. Luka Modric tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

27:23

Foul by Ángel Di María (Real Madrid).

27:23

Leo Baptistao (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:17 Booking

Booking Salva Sevilla (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:12

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:12

Foul by Salva Sevilla (Real Betis).

24:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Betis 0, Real Madrid 2. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

23:42

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:42

Foul by Antonio Amaya (Real Betis).

21:42

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

20:41

Offside, Real Madrid. Xabi Alonso tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

19:49

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:49

Foul by Paulao (Real Betis).

19:40

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

19:34

Delay in match Leo Baptistao (Real Betis) because of an injury.

18:50 Booking

Booking Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

18:28

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

18:28

Leo Baptistao (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

18:14

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

18:14

Javier Matilla (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:26

Foul by Ángel Di María (Real Madrid).

12:26

Leo Baptistao (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:37

Luka Modric (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:37

Foul by Lorenzo Reyes (Real Betis).

9:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Betis 0, Real Madrid 1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

7:58

Offside, Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

7:39

Attempt saved. Rubén Castro (Real Betis) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jorge Molina.

7:02

Attempt missed. Pepe (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal following a corner.

6:35

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Amaya.

2:49

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

2:49

Javi Chica (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:14

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:14

Foul by Lorenzo Reyes (Real Betis).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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