Madrid: Real Madrid opened a six-point gap to third-placed Atletico Madrid with a 3-1 win over Real Betis in Spanish La Liga.
Real Madrid are in second place in the league standings, six points ahead of Atletico Madrid, who have a game in hand.
Atletico play Sevilla later on Sunday and a victory here for them will mean that the deficit will come down to three points.
Barcelona are the runaway leaders and have all but won the league.
Following are the Spanish La Liga standings after Saturday`s matches (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, points):
Real Madrid 32-22-5-5-71
Atletico Madrid 31-20-5-6-65
Real Sociedad 31-15-9-7-54
Real Betis 32-14-6-12-48
Rayo Vallecano 32-14-3-15-45
Athletic Bilbao 31-10-5-16-35
Deportivo La Coruna 31-7-8-16-29
Real Mallorca 32-7-7-18-28
Real Zaragoza 31-7-6-18-27
Celta Vigo 31-6-6-19-24