Real Mallorca were dealt a heavy blow tonight at the Son Moix stadium losing 3 0 to Real Madrid with with Champions League hero Karim Benzema netting two. It was certainly a tale of two halves with Real Mallorca unlucky not to finish the first half ahead after hitting the post.
But in the second half it was a different story with Madrid going ahead in the 55th minute and then Benzema scoring two in the space of five minutes, one from the penalty spot.
It was a battling performance from Real Mallorca infront of 17,000 fans but it means that they have a mountain climb if they want to play first division football next season.
Carlo Ancelotti's side moved on to 66 points from 28 games, extending their lead at the top to ten points over second-placed Sevilla, who were held to a 1-1 stalemate at Rayo Vallecano on Sunday, a sixth draw in their last eight league matches.
Vinicius Jr opened the scoring in the 55th minute after a defender lost the ball on the edge of the box and Benzema set up the Brazilian to strike. Vinicius was then tripped inside the area 22 minutes later and Benzema converted the resulting penalty.
The French striker scored again in the 82nd minute with a header from a Marcelo cross, but got hurt in the process and asked to be substituted, pointing to his left ankle.