The second didn’t take long, with magnificent work by Isco down the left ending in his cross behing headed home by Ronaldo. Excellent work by Isco in midfield eventually saw the ball shuttled out to Gareth Bale on the right. His cross found Benzema, whose spectacular overhead kick was unfairly ruled out for offside. Ronaldo got a first-half hat-trick, but unfortunately it was a hat-trick of failed appeals, with the referee having none of his play acting. CET Sport EN Carlo Ancelotti picked the same side that beat Schalke in Germany on Wednesday night, but they struggled in the first half in Andalusia. Frustration seemed to be the order of the day for the Portuguese before that, but his goal ended a month without scoring in La Liga. Madrid were the better team but found it hard to create too many clear cut chances. However, when they eventually did, they were harshly denied by the linesman’s flag. It took a while coming, but goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo earned Real Madrid victory against an aggressive Elche side, to help Carlo Ancelotti’s side capitalise on Barcelona’s defeat. Although the Frenchman was unlucky here, he got a break in the second half. 22/02/2015 Upd. at 23:34 When Ronaldo’s cross was cut out, the ball bounced off the back of Elche goalkeeper Tyton and back to Benzema a yard out, who tapped home to break the deadlock. The win puts Madrid four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.