CR7 & Ramos Send Real Back To The Top Of La Liga Sphamandla Ntshokotsha 08:11 Sphamandla Ntshokotsha Real Madrid moved back to the top of La Liga, after goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos secured a 2-1 win over Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu. The hosts were without Gareth Bale, who is serving the a suspension, while Alvaro Morata started ahead of Karim Benzema. Los Blancos controlled proceedings in the opening stages, while Isco went close with an effort from distance in the 11th minute. However, it was Betis who broke the deadlock after 24 minutes Sanabrias scored with the help of big goalkeeping blunder from Keylor Navas. Zinedine Zidane's continued to dominate as they looked for an equaliser and they eventually leveled matters in the 40th minute as Ronaldo headed home Marcelo's cross. The score remained 1-1 as the sides entered the halftime break. Real found it difficult carve out chances against the resolute Betis defence, who were not afraid to put their body on the line when called upon. With the hosts continuing to struggle in the final third, Zidane introduced Lucas Vazquez for James Rodriguez. Betis were then reduced to 10 men after 78 minutes when Cristiano Piccini was sent after receiving a second yellow card. Los Blancos then took the lead in the 81st minute as an un-marked Ramos headed home Toni Kroos' corner for his seventh league goal of the season. Navas ensured Los Blancos secured three points, as he produced a stunning save to keep out Sanabrias's header in stoppage time, as Real held on for the win.