Real Madrid trailed twice before fighting back with three goals in a seven-minute span to beat Mallorca 5-2. Mallorca led 2-1 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium after goals from Emilio Nsue and Alejandro Alfaro with Gonzalo Higuain scoring for Madrid.
Cristiano Ronaldo rallied Madrid back into the game with an equalizing goal in the 51st. Luka Modric put Madrid ahead three minutes later with a terrific shot from long range, similar to his Champions League goal against Manchester United, with Higuain completing the surge by scoring his second of the night in the 57th.
Madrid has seen its title defense damaged due to poor games to modest Spanish teams this season, thus the reason why they trail leader Barcelona by 10 points. This pattern seemed as if it would continue until Madrid reacted to a poor first half and quickly imposed itself on the relegation-threatened visitors.
Ronaldo’s frustration grew as the match progressed and at one point the Portugal forward slammed his fist into the turf and threw his arms up in disgust several times as Madrid were failing to discovery their game. For the start of the second half coach Jose Mourinho sent on Mesut Ozil and Benzema hoping for them to make an immediate impact, and that they did. Ronaldo put Madrid level again when he met Ozil's corner at the near post. Ozil then picked out Higuain for Madrid's fourth of the night. Madrid showed great tenacity in fighting off their struggles to overcome going behind twice in the match to beat Mallorca 5-2 on the night.