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Real Betis 2-1 Real Madrid: Zinedine Zidane's side suffer shock loss

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Real Betis moved eight points clear of the relegation zone

Real Madrid sustained a shock defeat at Real Betis to hand the initiative to Barcelona in the La Liga title race.

Barca had beaten Real Sociedad 1-0 on Saturday to go two points clear and Zinedine Zidane's side were unable to respond with a victory of their own.

They fell behind to Sidnei's stunning strike into the top corner, but levelled via Karim Benzema's penalty.

Ex-Barcelona forward Cristian Tello was Betis' match winner, stroking in on 82 minutes.

The Betis substitute broke clear and coolly slide the ball past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois as the hosts picked up only their eighth victory of the season to move up to 12th, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

Rubi's team looked far from a side struggling at the wrong end of the table, causing Real Madrid all sorts of problems as Marc Bartra somehow headed over from six yards out with the whole goal to aim at.

Veteran winger Joaquin went round Courtois and looked to be slipping the ball into an empty net but was denied by Luka Modric's goal-saving interception on the line.

The Belgium international goalkeeper also made a stunning save to tip Nabil Fekir's thunderous, first-time strike over the crossbar.

After taking the lead through Sidnei's superb effort, the goalscorer went from hero to villain by bringing down Marcelo inside the area and allowing Benzema to equalise.

The winner came courtesy of Benzema's loose pass which was picked off by Andres Guardado, who popped the ball off for Tello and he made no mistake.

Real Madrid pushed for the equaliser but Ferland Mendy's curling shot was brilliant tipped onto the crossbar by Joel Robles' flying save and Benzema curled narrowly wide in the 95th minute.

Line-ups

Real Betis

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Robles
  • 22Emerson Royal
  • 5Bartra
  • 12da Silva Júnior
  • 15Moreno LoperaSubstituted forPedrazaat 77'minutes
  • 17Sánchez RodríguezSubstituted forTelloat 66'minutes
  • 32GonzálezSubstituted forRodríguezat 73'minutes
  • 18GuardadoBooked at 74mins
  • 10Canales
  • 8Fekir
  • 16Morón

Substitutes

  • 6Pedraza
  • 9Iglesias
  • 11Tello
  • 13Martín Fernández
  • 21Rodríguez
  • 23Mandi
  • 24Aleñá

Real Madrid

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 3Militão
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12MarceloBooked at 55minsSubstituted forMendyat 59'minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 17Vázquez
  • 10ModricSubstituted forValverdeat 79'minutes
  • 8KroosSubstituted forMarianoat 69'minutes
  • 25Vinícius Júnior
  • 9Benzema

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 11Bale
  • 15Valverde
  • 16Rodríguez
  • 23Mendy
  • 24Mariano
  • 27Rodrygo
Referee:
José Luis González González
Attendance:
50,596

Match Stats

Home TeamReal BetisAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away14
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Betis 2, Real Madrid 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Betis 2, Real Madrid 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ferland Mendy.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mariano (Real Madrid) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Eder Militão with a cross.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mariano (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a cross following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Alfonso Pedraza.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

  9. Post update

    Alfonso Pedraza (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Sergio Ramos tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) with an attempt from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior with a cross following a corner.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sidnei.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) with an attempt from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lucas Vázquez with a cross.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Real Betis 2, Real Madrid 1. Cristian Tello (Real Betis) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrés Guardado.

  15. Post update

    Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sidnei (Real Betis).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Eder Militão (Real Madrid).

  18. Post update

    Nabil Fekir (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Federico Valverde replaces Luka Modric.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emerson (Real Betis) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Alfonso Pedraza.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 8th March 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona27184563313258
2Real Madrid27168349193056
3Sevilla27138639291047
4Getafe27137737251246
5Atl Madrid271112431211045
6Real Sociedad26134943321143
7Valencia2711973839-142
8Villarreal27115114438638
9Granada27115113332138
10Ath Bilbao2791082923637
11Osasuna2781093438-434
12Real Betis2789103843-533
13Levante27103143240-833
14Alavés2788112937-832
15Real Valladolid27611102333-1029
16Eibar2676132639-1327
17Celta Vigo27511112234-1226
18Mallorca2774162844-1625
19Leganés2758142139-1823
20Espanyol2748152346-2320
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