Real keep perfect record with Mallorca win

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Brazilian star Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo have made up for the absence of Karim Benzema to keep Real Madrid perfect this season.

The pair scored second-half goals on Sunday as the champions came from behind to defeat Mallorca 4-1 for their fifth straight win in the Spanish league.

Madrid was without the injured Benzema and other regular starters as coach Carlo Ancelotti rotated his squad ahead of the team's Champions League match against Leipzig on Wednesday.

Mallorca got on the board first at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium with a header by Vedat Muriqi off an assist by Lee Kang-in during a set piece in the 35th minute.

But Madrid got the equaliser three minutes into first-half stoppage time with a well-placed shot by Federico Valverde into the top corner.

Vinicius put Madrid ahead from inside the area after a nice pass by Rodrygo in the 72nd, then Rodrygo found the net himself in the 89th after a couple of nifty moves to get past three Mallorca defenders inside the area.

Defender Antonio Rudiger closed the scoring in stoppage time with a shot from close range after a set piece taken by Toni Kroos.

Madrid are the only team in the top five European leagues with five straight victories. They hadn't won five in a row to start their season since 2009-10.

It was also their seventh straight victory in all competitions. They also defeated Eintracht Frankfurt in the final of the UEFA Super Cup and Celtic in their group opener in the Champions League.

Benzema, the team's best player last season, couldn't play against Mallorca after injuring a tendon in the match against Celtic on Tuesday. The injury was not serious but there was no official timetable for his return.

Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga were among the regulars who started on the bench.

The victory left Madrid two points ahead of Barcelona, who have won four in a row with their latest being the 4-0 win at last-place Cadiz on Saturday.