Real Madrid's Brazilian contingent
overwhelmed Real Mallorca 4-0 in the Bernabeu on Sunday and helped move
the team up to third in the Primera Liga.
England midfielder David Beckham put in another eye-catching performance,
setting up three of the goals.
Brazilian striker Ronaldo scored the opener after 32 minutes and
compatriot Roberto Carlos volleyed a spectacular second just before the
Roberto Carlos made it three with a free kick after 66 minutes and
another Brazilian, Julio Baptista, added a fourth 13 minutes from time.
Mallorca, the league's bottom club, had defender Sergio Ballesteros sent
off for a second yellow card offence in the 76th minute.
Celta Vigo missed out on the chance to return to the top of the
standings when they were held to a 1-1 draw in Cadiz earlier in the day.
Getafe remain top with 14 points after they beat Valencia 2-1 on
Saturday, a point ahead of Celta in second.
Osasuna are fourth level on 12 points with Real but with fewer goals
scored. Barcelona are fifth with nine points after coming from behind to
draw 2-2 at home to Real Zaragoza on Saturday.
Mallorca, who had spoken of attacking Real before their visit to the
Bernabeu, lived up to their promise early on.
Japan forward Yoshito Okubo and midfielder Alejandro Campano unsettled
the home defence, the former having a goal ruled out for offside after
But Real were always the more dangerous side with the midfield duo of
Beckham and Baptista dictating terms.
Raul had a shot saved on the line before Beckham set Ronaldo free on the
right flank in a swift counter-attack shortly after the half-hour.
The Brazilian cut in, made a stepover and thumped a left-footed shot
inside the far post for his fifth goal of the season.
Beckham was instrumental in the second, swinging a corner to the waiting
Roberto Carlos outside the penalty area, from where the Brazilian
unleashed a first-time volley low into the corner.
France midfielder Zinedine Zidane made his first appearance after four
weeks out with a groin strain when he was brought on for Guti in the
England's Jonathan Woodgate soon joined him on the pitch but it was
Roberto Carlos who scored the third with a fierce free kick.
Ballesteros received his marching orders after fouling Brazilian forward
Robinho 14 minutes from time, giving Beckham another set-piece
The Englishman's shot struck the wall on its way into the area but
Baptista steered it home from close range.