Dani Carvajal's volley the difference as visting Real Madrid beat Real Betis in La Liga (Match Highlights)
Real Madrid edged Real Betis 1-0 as they continue their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe.
They were on the verge of a goalless draw when right-back Dani Carvajal volleyed in Karim Benzema's cross.
Benzema squandered a golden chance with the game still goalless, while Carvajal had an attempt turned over the bar before scoring.
Betis came dangerously near with a free-kick from Nabil Fekir.
After three games, Real Madrid sit at the top of La Liga, level on points with Sevilla, Valencia, and Mallorca.
They have lost 300 million euros in revenue as a result of Covid-19 and have only recruited Bayern Munich defender David Alaba on a free deal this summer.
Real Madrid are keen to bolster their attacking options by signing France World Cup winner Mbappe, 22, before the transfer deadline next week.