Real Madrid moved level on points with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga with a 5-0 hammering of bottom-placed Real Betis on Saturday.

Cristiano Ronaldo continued his fantastic week with a thumping long-range drive to open the scoring before Gareth Bale silenced his recent critics with a trademark free-kick to make it 2-0.

Karim Benzema then notched up his 100th goal for Real Madrid as he blasted home after classy play from Luka Modric.

Angel di Maria made it four just after the hour mark with another stunning effort from distance and Alvaro Morata rounded off the scoring.

All three leading clubs are now tied on 50 points.

The results: Real Betis 0 lost to Real Madrid 5 (Ronaldo 10, Bale 25, Benzema 45+1, di Maria 61, Morata 90).

On Friday: Malaga 0 drew with Valencia 0.

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