La Liga

  • G. Bale 2’
  • J. Rodríguez 39’
  • K. Benzema 47’
  • J. Rodríguez 50’
  • G. Bale 89’
2 Half Time 0
30/08/2015
La Liga
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Attendance 70,876

    Timeline

    • KICK OFF
    • EXTRA TIME
    • 90'
      That's all she wrote, folks!
    • HALF TIME
    • 90'
      Xavi Torres goes into the referee's book.
    • 0'
      I am Alex Moretto and I would like to thank you all for joining me here today. Good bye!
    • 0'
      FULL TIME: REAL MADRID 5-0 BETIS. James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale put on a show as Rafa Benitez picks up his first win as Los Blancos coach, thanks to five highlight-reel goals.
    • 0'
      REAL MADRID 2-0 BETIS. Goals sandwiched at both ends of the first half have Los Blancos comfortably in front at the break. James was the architect of the first and he provided the second himself with a glorious hit from a set piece. The visitors have been outplayed, but they could still be in this g
    • 0'
      The players have taken to the pitch and are greeted by a thunderous applause from the home fans. It's the first competitive match of the season for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu and three points are already at a premium with Barcelona winning again earlier today.
    • 0'
      Two changes from Pepe Mel, following the Andalusian club's draw with Villarreal a week ago. Molinero slots in at left-back, pushing Juan Manuel Vargas into midfield and Portillo to the bench. The experienced Peru international should provide added defensive cover on the flank. The other change sees
    • 0'
      Karim Benzema will look to provide the cutting edge Real Madrid have been lacking as he rejoins the team following his recovery from a thigh injury. It's the lone change instilled by Rafa Benitez, however, as Jese - who played as a false nine last week - gives way. Danilo remains in the starting lin
    • 0'
      SUBS: Gimenez, Rennella, Petros, Digard, Westermann, Molina, Portillo.
    • 0'
      BETIS (4-4-2): Adan; Piccini, Pezzella, Bruno, Molinero; Torres, N'Diaye, Cejudo, Vargas; Ceballos, Castro.
    • 0'
      SUBS: Pepe, Casilla, Casemiro, Carvajal, Kovacic, Jese, Isco.
    • 0'
      REAL MADRID (4-2-3-1): Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric; James, Bale, Ronaldo; Benzema.
    • 0'
      CONFIRMED TEAM NEWS:
    • 0'
      Real Betis impressed en route to winning the Segunda last season, bolstered by the league’s joint-best attack. They face a whole other challenge in remaining in the top flight, though some shrewd acquisitions in the transfer market have certainly tilted the odds in their favour. They were relegated
    • 0'
      Real Madrid have come under criticism this past week, specifically Rafa Benitez, for apparently playing too defensive in their opener. It's unwarranted, however, as Gijon’s clean sheet didn’t come as a result of a lack of chances from the capital club. Los Blancos pushed the pace in the second half
    • 0'
      Hello football fans around the world and welcome to Spain! The Santiago Bernabeu is our venue this evening as Real Madrid look to take out their frustrations from an opening week draw against a Real Betis side hoping to pile on the misery. I am Alex Moretto and I will be your in-game host, guiding y
    • 1'
      And we're off!
    • 2'
      G G. Bale Assist J. Rodríguez
    • 2'
      J. Rodríguez gave the assist.
    • 2'
      WELL THAT DIDN'T TAKE LONG! It's the perfect start for Real Madrid as James Rodriguez places a delightful cross onto the head of Gareth Bale who heads past Adan, unmarked. They're off and running now!
    • 4'
      Real Madrid are on the front foot yet again, playing like they have a point to prove tonight - this could get ugly for Betis. Bale's goal was his first at the Bernabeu since April 5, a stretch of 146 days.
    • 6'
      Saved by Adan! Ronaldo has a decent effort at goal from a free kick. His strike from 30-yards out it a bit too close to the keeper, however, who manages to punch it over for a corner.
    • 8'
      Offside! Bale is played through craftily by Luka Modric, but the Welshman fails to time his run properly as the flag goes up. His effort was turned aside anyhow, by Adan.
    • 10'
      STAT ATTACK: Real Madrid have now scored in 35 consecutive league matches at the Santiago Bernabeu. It is their longest run since hitting 41 straight between March 2008 and March 2010.
    • 12'
      SHOULD BE TWO! Fine service from Ronaldo who makes a tidy run down the left before lifting an inviting cross in for Benzema at the far post, but it sails inches high. Pressure stays on and Kroos is teed up atop the area, but his strike bounces wide of the far post.
    • 14'
      Important intervention! Marcelo tries a clever one-two with Bale, but the return pass is cut out by Xavi Torres. The visitors work it out wide to Vargas who wins a free kick and the pressure can be relieved if only for a moment.
    • 16'
      Well-worked attack by Betis, just their second venture of the match. Molinero gets forward on the overlap and drifts into the centre. He plays a teasing ball through for Ceballos, but Ramos is able to cut it out.
    • 18'
      SIDE-NETTING! Danilo tries to replicate his counter-part by making a run forward of his own. He works a give-and-go with James, but ignores the calls of his teammates waiting in the area as he drives a left-footed shot into the side-netting from 25-yards out.
    • 19'
      Poor from Marcelo! The left-back gives the ball away carelessly at the byline which gifts Ceballos a chance to whip a cross in. Ramos gets first to it, but the pressure isn't relieved just yet as a misguided header from Bale concedes a corner.
    • 21'
      STAT ATTACK: Betis have lost four consecutive Premiera Division matches away from home, dating back to the 2013/14 season. They conceded 11 times over that span.
    • 23'
      Danilo finds himself inside the area as the hosts work it around atop the box. It's played into him and he turns and fires, but his shot from close range is blocked brilliantly by Bruno Gonzalez!
    • 24'
      T. Kroos gets yellow.
    • 25'
      Kroos picks up a yellow card, the first of the match for either side, as he impedes the run of Piccini on the right flank. The ball is played forward quickly and it's sent kindly into the area for Ceballos, but he's unable to navigate his shot through on goal.
    • 27'
      Well it's the visitors who have sprung to life here, enjoying their best spell of the match. Vargas does well to find a pocket of space on the left, but his cross is headed behind by Varane for a corner.
    • 29'
      J. Vargas goes into the referee's book.
    • 29'
      END-TO-END ACTION! Benzema threads a delicate ball into the area for James. He tries a back-heel into the path of Marcelo that's cut out, but Ronaldo was two feet in front of him for an easy tap-in! Back the other way come Betis and Vargas makes a probing run, only to see his cross fall behind the r
    • 31'
      STAT ATTACK: Betis striker Ruben Castro first faced Real Madrid as a Las Palmas player in 2001, scoring a brace in that match against the capital club.
    • 33'
      Kroos sprays a wonderful ball out wide to spot the run of Marcelo, and the Brazilian's first touch is equally impressive. He picks out Benzema in the area, but the Frenchman's first touch lets him down. Pressure stays on and Bale puts in good work to win a corner.
    • 35'
      Beautiful footwork! Los Blancos are starting to play predominantly in the Betis end. Ronaldo shows a lovely bit of skill as he dribbles his way past Pezzella before breaking into the area, but Adan stands tall to keep the close-range effort out!
    • 37'
      Penalty appeals denied as Ronaldo goes down in the area under minimal contact following the cross in from Marcelo. The hosts are trying to amp up the pressure here and double their lead before the break, but Betis are standing tall.
    • 38'
      Molinero is cautioned by the referee.
    • 38'
      Interesting decision here! Molinero stands his ground and stops the run of Ronaldo to the right of the penalty area. The referee says play on, but after a few seconds he blows his whistle as the linesman closest called for the foul.
    • 39'
      G J. Rodríguez Assist J. Rodríguez
    • 39'
      SENSATIONAL STRIKE FROM JAMES! From the ensuing set piece the Colombian drives a left-footed strike at goal from a bit of a difficult angle. It's struck with plenty of venom, however, and smacks off the far post and in! It's a tremendous hit from the midfielder who now has a goal and assist in the f
    • 41'
      STAT ATTACK: Betis have just one victory in their last 23 top flight league matches away from home (D5, L17).
    • 43'
      SHOCKING MISS! Oh my! Betis orchestrate easily their best attack of the match as Molinero and Cejudo link-up brilliantly inside the area. The left-back then rolls the ball across the face of goal for Castro, but he hesitates allowing Navas to get across. The striker still appears to have the goal as
    • 45'
      No time to be added on says the referee as he blows for half time.
    • 46'
      SI Jorge Molina SO J. Rodríguez
    • 46'
      Jorge Molina enters the game and replaces Molinero.
    • 46'
      The second half is underway!
    • 47'
      G K. Benzema Assist J. Rodríguez
    • 47'
      Assist by G. Bale.
    • 47'
      A GOAL OF THE HIGHEST ORDER FOR THE HOSTS! Everyone gets involved for Real Madrid in this attack. James is at the heart of it, but Danilo gets it started with a good ball for the Colombian. He plays Bale through on the right and the Welshman places a picture-perfect cross onto the head of Benzema wh
    • 49'
      Dream start yet again for Los Blancos, who have now scored inside two minutes of each half. There was little doubt with the scoreline at the break, but three goals are surely too much for Betis to overcome now.
    • 50'
      G J. Rodríguez Assist J. Rodríguez
    • 50'
      T. Kroos gave the assist.
    • 50'
      JAMES PUTTING ON A SHOW IN THE CAPITAL! Absolutely tremendous effort yet again from the Colombian! It's Saturday Night Live at the Bernabeu and James is the host. Betis fail to clear their lines and the former Porto man sends an incredible overhead kick past a helpless Adan!
    • 52'
      Rafa Benitez is content with the scoreline and he looks now to make some changes. Benzema, only just back from injury, is replaced by Isco. Ronaldo will likely move into the now-vacant spot up top.
    • 53'
      SI Isco SO J. Rodríguez
    • 53'
      SI D. Digard SO J. Rodríguez
    • 53'
      Dani Ceballos is done for the day. D. Digard is his replacement.
    • 53'
      K. Benzema is replaced with Isco.
    • 54'
      STAT ATTACK: Real Madrid have not gone consecutive league matches without a goal since September of 2011 against Levante and Racing Santandar.
    • 56'
      Real Madrid have come flying out of the gate in this second half and, despite their commanding advantage, are still dominating possession and looking to add to their lead. They're putting on an attacking clinic - you think some of these players heard the criticism directed towards them this past wee
    • 58'
      WHAT A SAVE! Isco carves apart the defence with his ball through for Ronaldo, but Adan comes off his line to close down the angles and denies the Portuguese international from getting his name on the scoresheet!
    • 60'
      R. Varane goes into the referee's book.
    • 60'
      PENALTY TO BETIS! Molina is played through in the area and Varane closes him off without getting the ball, which forces the refs hand as he points straight to the spot! It may be a bit soft, but there's a case to be made for it as well.
    • 61'
    • 61'
      Penalty saved by K. Navas!
    • 61'
      SAVED BY NAVAS! He guesses right to make the save and hold on to prevent a rebound! Castro can't believe his luck, once again denied a sure goal by the Costa Rican keeper!
    • 63'
      STAT ATTACK: Real Madrid have won five consecutive league matches over Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu, outscoring them by a combined 17-4. They are also unbeaten in 12 all-time league meetings against the Verderones in the capital (W9, D3).
    • 64'
      SI Casemiro SO J. Rodríguez
    • 64'
      The hosts make their second change and it's Casemiro who comes on in midfield. Toni Kroos, who has been exceptional tonight, is the one to give way.
    • 66'
      If Ronaldo could get himself a goal this would have to be considered the perfect game for the hosts. The first of the season is often the most elusive, and the Portuguese international is finding that out here. He was very unlucky not to get it against Gijon last week, and yet again today it appears
    • 68'
      Vital interception from Varane, who denies Castro the ball at the far post. The pressure stays on, but a strong challenge from Casemiro to knock the ball away from Molina allows the hosts to clear their lines.
    • 70'
      N'Diaye does very well on the left before being chopped down by Danilo on the edge of the area. This is a prominent spell for the visitors, who could really use a goal from this ensuing set piece.
    • 71'
      DEFLECTED OVER! Vargas tees up Cejudo from the free kick, straight from the training ground, but the midfielder's strike deflects off one of his teammates and out for a goal kick.
    • 73'
      STAT ATTACK: Betis have recorded just one win in their last nine league matches in the top flight (D1, L7). They have failed to keep a single clean sheet over that span.
    • 75'
      SI M. Kovačić SO J. Rodríguez
    • 75'
      M. Kovačić enters play, replacing L. Modrić.
    • 75'
      Croatian off, Croatian on. Benitez makes his final change and it's Kovacic who comes on for his second Real Madrid appearance. The midfielder replaces his fellow countryman Modric.
    • 77'
      OFF THE WOODWORK! What an exceptional, acrobatic attempt from Ramos who meets a cross at the far stick with an overhead volley, but smacks it off the upright from a difficult angle with Adan unable to get close to it.
    • 79'
      Ronaldo is fouled just outside the area and he will certainly fancy his chances from here. He's still looking for the first goal of the season and he couldn't ask for a much better opportunity than this.
    • 80'
      STRAIGHT AT ADAN! He drives a low strike in at goal, but it's directly at the keeper who holds on for a comfortable save. Disappointing end result from Ronaldo.
    • 81'
      SI Petros SO J. Rodríguez
    • 81'
      A. N'Diaye is replaced with Petros.
    • 82'
      Real Madrid still pushing for another goal as Betis try and overcome some tired legs in defence. Bale makes a good run to get through on goal, but the weight of the pass from Marcelo is off as Adan is able to come out of his area and knock it out of play.
    • 84'
      STAT ATTACK: Real Madrid had more shots on target last weekend than any other team in the Spanish top flight, yet were held to a goalless draw at El Molinon.
    • 86'
      Casemiro goes into the referee's book.
    • 86'
      Casemiro picks up a booking as he gets an elbow up in midfield. Betis take the free kick quickly and work the ball forward well, but a poor touch from Petros sees the ball run harmlessly out for a throw.
    • 89'
      G G. Bale Assist J. Rodríguez
    • 89'
      The assist came from Casemiro.
    • 89'
      STUNNING STRIKE! FIVE FOR REAL MADRID! Lovely back-heel from Casemiro in midfield to feed Bale. The Welshman drives forward and unleashes a thunderous drive from 25-yards out that cannons off the post and into the back of the net.
    • 90'
      There will be three minutes of time added on at the end of this match.
    • FULL TIME

    Line Up

    ACTIVE
    Defender
    spain
    Sergio Ramos
    4
    Captain
    Defender
    brazil
    Marcelo
    12
    Captain
    Midfielder
    brazil
    Casemiro
    14
    64'Substituted
    Midfielder
    spain
    Isco
    22
    53'Substituted

    SUBSTITUTES

    Defender
    spain
    Daniel Carvajal
    2
    Midfielder
    spain
    Dani Ceballos
    24
    53'Substituted
    Attacker
    spain
    Jesé
    10

    MANAGERS

    france
    Zinedine Zidane
    spain
    Quique Setién

    Statistics

    OVERVIEW

    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0

    POSSESSION

    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%

    ATTACK

    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%

    DEFENCE

    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0

    DISCIPLINE

    Fouls Conceded 11 13
    Yellow Cards 3 3
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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