The Spanish right-back, Dani Carvajal’s goal in the second half, gave Real Madrid a 1-0 lead over Real Betis on Saturday, as Carlo Ancelotti’s men topped the early La Liga table.
Madrid now have seven points from their first three games after a solid start to the season, while the reported potential arrival of Kylian Mbappe could give them another boost before the end of the transfer window on Tuesday.
Ancelotti, who returned to the club after the sacking of Zinedine Zidane, has seen some of his tougher decisions so far pay off, with Gareth Bale and Isco making an impression after being brought back into the squad.
Los Blancos will not play their first home game of the season until September 11 due to the ongoing renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu.
But they are still leading the way in LaLiga, ahead of Sevilla and Valencia with goals scored.
Betis remain scoreless after opening the season with two draws after a tough encounter at the Benito Villamarin, where the hosts had five players and experienced coach Manuel Pellegrini booked.
Both teams looked dangerous early on, with Betis goalkeeper Rui Silva making a good save from Madrid defender Eder Militao in the seventh minute.
Shortly afterwards, striker Thibaut Courtois had to come down cleverly to fend off a striking attempt by Nabil Fekir from afar.
Karim Benzema thought he had put the capital giants ahead in the 53rd minute, but saw his attempt disallowed for offside.
But just after the hour, the visitors broke the deadlock due to the unlikely source of Carvajal.
Vinicius Junior did well to keep the ball in play before right-back Carvajal came in on a cross from Benzema.
Madrid centre-back David Alaba almost gave Betis an instant equalizer when he tried to carve out a cross, but the ball spun just past his own post.
Eden Hazard slumped to the bench, coming in as a late substitute as the away side finished a comfortable victory.