Real open 10-point lead in LaLiga

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Real Madrid defeated Real Mallorca 3-0 to open a 10-point lead at the top of LaLiga on Monday night.

Los Blancos made four changes to the side that thrashed Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League second-leg encounter, as Ferland Mendy and Casemiro returned after their suspension in that competition, alongside recalls for Rodrygo and Lucas Vazquez.

The game was open in the early stages and Mallorca had a big chance to go ahead in the 11th minute after Brian Olivan delivered a dangerous cross towards the back post but Vedat Muriqi steered his first-time shot wide.

Madrid were pressing Luis Garcia's charges high but they were not getting clear chances and were nearly punished on a turnover ten minutes before the half-time break after Pablo Maffeo dribbled past David Alaba to have a clear sight of goal but he dragged his shot wide.

Carlo Ancelotti's charges were all over Mallorca in the closing stages of the first stanza, with the combination of the likes of Benzema, Vinicius Junior and Toni Kroos causing them all sorts of problems but Madrid were clinical in front of goal.

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Los Blancos remained on the front foot coming from the halftime break and Vinicius Junior eventually broke the deadlock ten minutes later with a strike between the legs of goalkeeper Sergio Rico from a possession turnover on the edge of the box.

Ancelotti made a double change just after that for fresh legs in midfield, as Luka Modric replaced Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga came on for Casemiro.

Madrid were awarded a penalty 15 minutes before time after Vinicius was shoved down in the box and Benzema doubled their lead with a clinical strike into the bottom corner.

Los Blancos gained control of the game and Benzema sealed the deal eight minutes from time and completed his brace with a stunning header in the box after a cross by Marcelo.

Mallorca were threatening to get a consolation goal in the dying minutes but they were thwarted by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, as Madrid kept a cleansheet and opened a ten-point lead at the top of the log.

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