Liga - Higuain hat-trick destroys Betis
Gonzalo Higuain scored his second consecutive La Liga hat-trick during Real Madrid's 4-1 home defeat of promoted Real Betis.
The pacy 23-year-old opened the scoring at the Bernabeu in the 46th minute and after Kaka had doubled the lead he sealed victory to put Jose Mourinho's side top with 16 points from seven games.
"I'm very pleased. After having to wait so long to play, now I'm enjoying myself a lot," the 23-year-old told Spanish television, referring to the back injury that kept him sidelined for much of last season, when he lost his place to Karim Benzema.
"I wasn't playing a few weeks ago and I'm just making the most of my opportunities."
However, Barcelona later surpassed Madrid with a 3-0 victory against Racing.
Tomer Hemed netted from the spot to earn new Mallorca coach Joaquin Caparros a point on his debut at the island club.
Valencia are fourth with 14 points - the same as Levante.
Struggling Villarreal and Getafe fought out a 0-0 draw at the Coliseum.