MADRID, March 28 (Primera Liga) - Real Madrid swept back to the top of the Primera Liga on Sunday evening with a resounding victory over Sevilla at a rain-drenched Bernabeu.
Ronaldo grabbed two goals in the victory while Santiago Solari and David Beckham, who was replaced five minutes before the end by Francisco Pavon, both played starring roles as Real stayed one point ahead of Valencia.
Valencia had briefly taken over top spot following their convincing 3-0 win over Racing Santander earlier in the day.
Madrid have looked shaky in recent games, but Beckham soon set them on their way when his defence-splitting pass was picked up by Solari after five minutes.
Solari strode into the Sevilla penalty area before driving a firm left-foot shot past the helpless Esteban to put his side ahead.
Sevilla tried to hit back but although they enjoyed a lot of possession, the visitors were unable to threaten Madrid's penalty area.
All of the chances were falling Madrid's way and Solari could have made it two after 37 minutes having intercepted a weak back-pass only for Esteban to pull off a brave save.
However, the Sevilla custodian was left helpless on the stroke of half-time when Beckham sent over a pinpoint cross from the right and Ronaldo appeared at the near post before glancing a header into the back of the net.
At 2-0, the game looked over, but Sevilla got back into the contest after 58 minutes when they were awarded a penalty when Solari was adjudged to be guilty of pushing inside the box.
Up stepped Julio Cesar Baptista to send Iker Casillas the wrong way from the spot and put Sevilla back into the game.
That situation only lasted five minutes, though, as Zidane collected Guti's through-ball, closed in on Esteban and lifted the ball into the back of the net.
Michel Salgado then made it four after 74 minutes as Madrid started to run riot, the fullback finishing off from close range after Esteban had parried a low shot from Ronaldo.
It was all Madrid now and but for Esteban they could have scored many more goals.
As it was there was only one more goal for the Bernabeu crowd to cheer, Ronaldo making it 5-1 in injury time to complete a successful evening for the defending champions.