La Liga

  • Cejudo 7’
  • 71’ K. Benzema
1 Half Time 0
La Liga
Estadio Benito Villamarín
Attendance 48,111


    • KICK OFF
    • 90'
      OHHHHH ALMOST A STUNNING WINNER FROM BETIS! Ruben Castro runs in behind the Real Madrid defence and cleverly cuts in on his left foot past Kroos before drilling a superb left-footed strike which looks destined to find the top corner! It must go no further than a yard wide! Incredible!
    • 90'
      Yellow card for Carvajal.
    • 0'
      Full time in the Benito Villamarin. It has been an absolutely superb Spanish Primera Division clash tonight between Real Betis and Real Madrid, as the match, probably fairly, ends at 1-1, which is a brilliant point for the hosts and a poor point for the visitors. Cejudo gave Betis the lead in the fi
    • 0'
      Half time at the Benito Villamarin as the referee only adds on a few seconds of injury time. In this extremely entertaining Spanish Primera Division clash, Real Betis turn in one of their best performances of the season so far and go into the break with a 1-0 lead over Real Madrid after a screamer o
    • 0'
      The teams are making their way to the pitch and we are almost ready for kick-off!
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      Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas; Danilo, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo, James.
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      Real Betis (4-2-3-1): Adan; Molinero, Pezzella, Bruno, Vargas; Petros, N'Diaye; Kadir, Fabian, Cejudo; Ruben Castro.
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      TEAM NEWS...
    • 0'
      The Verdiblancos have gone seven league games without a win and they have not managed to find the net in the last six - their worst such run in Spanish Primera Division history. This form contributed to the sacking of Pepe Mel, who was subsequently replaced by Juan Merino, and the last two results h
    • 0'
      Overall, Madrid are unbeaten in their last five matches and have scored a highly impressive 25 goals during that period, although the majority of those came in a 10-2 demolition of Rayo at home in the middle of December. This form, is in stark contrast to that of the home side tonight, Betis.
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      The World Cup winner and former Ballon d'Or winner has been head coach for two games so far, and the signs are good that it looks like a promising appointment. In the first match under his tutelage, Real Madrid ran out comprehensive 5-0 winners over Deportivo which was followed up by a similar 5-1 d
    • 0'
      Real Madrid endured a fairly tumultuous first half of the season with a number of contributing factors generating an altogether dour atmosphere at Santiago Bernabeu. An embarrassing exit from the Spanish Cup due to fielding an ineligible player was swiftly followed up by a series of below-par perfor
    • 0'
      With Atletico Madrid being frustrated against 10-man Sevilla in a 0-0 draw at the Vicente Calderon earlier on today, the door has opened up for Los Blancos to close the gap on their city rivals, as well as Barcelona, in second place in La Liga if they can manage to claim all three points tonight in
    • 0'
      Good evening football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the Spanish Primera Division clash between Real Betis and Real Madrid from the Benito Villamarin!
    • 1'
      We are under way in Andalusia!
    • 3'
      It is an absolutely fantastic atmosphere inside the Benito Villamarin tonight, which is nothing less than you'd expect when one of the big boys come to town. It is a testament to the Betis fans that they have turned out in such numbers even when their team is in such a poor run of form - they will b
    • 5'
      Kadir makes his way deep down the right-hand side and teases a lovely cross into the centre of the box for Ruben Castro. Varane misjudges the ball, which eventually goes loose, but he is saved in the end by his central defensive team-mate, Pepe, who tidies up with a commanding clearance up the park.
    • 6'
      SAAAAAAAAAAVEEEEE FROM NAVAS!! Fabian, who has been very vibrant going forward in these early stages, goes on a marauding run through the middle and eventually cuts inside on his right foot before lashing a strike at the bottom corner, only to be foiled by the Madrid keeper, who sticks a leg out to
    • 7'
      G Cejudo Assist Fabián Ruiz
    • 7'
      Highly impressive start from Fabian as he starts the attack with a penetrating run forward, before eventually setting up Cejudo with a cushioned header!
    • 7'
      GOOOOOAAAL!!! GOOOOAAALLLL FOR BETIS! THE DROUGHT IS OVER, AND IN SOME FASHION! From that Navas save, Fabian attempts to latch on to the ball again and rises high to nod into the path of Cejudo, who fires a sensational volley into the top left corner! What a strike! One-nil to the hosts, and the sta
    • 9'
      What a start to this Spanish Primera Division clash we have seen. Real Betis have came flying out of the blocks in the early stages and seem to be buoyed by the chorus of singing before the match from the Benito Villamarin faithful, who have the stadium rocking at the moment! How will Zidane's charg
    • 11'
      Real Madrid just have not settled at all in terms of their possession fo far. In their last league match which took place last Saturday, they were in incredible form early in the match and were five goals up by the break, but they are up against something much different here, and they need to sort t
    • 13'
      Danilo exchanges a lovely one-two with James down the right touchline and then cuts inside, looking to penetrate into space. The attack comes to a halt though as Fabian, who has been everywhere in this opening portion of the match, takes him out with a shove to the back. Free kick to Los Blancos.
    • 15'
      We are so early in the game but already the tackles are flying in, as both sides look to take the game to the other! Ronaldo and Molinero both go down under strong tackles within about 30 seconds of each other, but the official correctly waves play on as the players challenging in question both clea
    • 17'
      Betis are putting plenty of work in in these opening stages, which is causing Madrid do not be able to generate any kind of tempo in their creativity. Actually, the pressing from the home side is so far up the pitch, that Kroos is actually forced to collect possession inside his own area and evade a
    • 19'
      The hosts really are not playing like a side who have failed to score in the last six games, as their hunger to reclaim the ball in the final third is astonishing. Leading the hunt is Petros, who has been so very dogged in the middle of the park, but will all this hard work catch up to them as the g
    • 21'
      James, who has been quiet so far after coming in for the injured Gareth Bale, collects possession down the wing and exchanges a neat one-two with Ronaldo before sliding a pass deep down the wing for Danilo. The cross is eventually floated in, but Isco's subsequent header on goal goes straight down t
    • 23'
      James Rodriguez is involved in the action positively again for Los Blancos for the second time in just a few minutes. On this occasion, the Colombian takes the ball into feet with a lovely first touch, which enables him to move into space inside the box before lashing a low cross along the six-yard
    • 25'
      N'Diaye misplaces a pass on the left touchline and Kroos pounces on the loose possession before threading a pass through the middle for Benzema. The Frenchman, who has been in good goalscoring form recently, ignores the runs of a couple of team-mates to his right to have a crack on goal, but the att
    • 27'
      Fabian has been highly impressive so far for the Andalusian side. The 19-year-old has been tireless in his approach to press in the final third and this time it almost pays off as he barges his way into the box before looking poised to get the shot away, but it takes a combination of both Pepe and V
    • 29'
      N'Diaye surrenders possession again in a dangerous area and this time it is Modric who wins the ball back before playing into the feet of Isco. The former Malaga attacking midfielder somehow manages to drift past, one, two, three challenges down the left channel before standing a cross to the back p
    • 31'
      WHAT A MISS FROM RONALDO! The former Ballon d'Or winner comes deep to see a little more of the ball and flashes a pass into the feet of Benzema, before going in for the neat return inside the box, only to horribly drag a left-footed strike well wide with only the goalkeeper to beat! Normally he buri
    • 33'
      OH WHAT A SITTER FROM PEPE!! James stands over a corner kick on the left wing and sends a superb, wicked cross deep to the back post, where Pepe rises high to bullet a header at goal from just a few yards out, only to see his attempt flash the wrong side of the post! Adan was rooted to the spot, but
    • 35'
      Surely a penalty for Real Madrid! Benzema receives the ball to feet with his back to goal and swivels sharply before moving into the area, looking for a yard of space to get the shot away. Before he can pull the trigger, though, Petros clearly comes in and stands on the top of his ankle! The referee
    • 37'
      We are only 37 minutes or so into this match, but already we are seeing signs of frustration creeping into the ranks of Real Madrid due to their inabilty to get any kind of ascendancy going. The guilty party on this occasion is Ronaldo, who goes for goal from a ridiculous angle and distance from the
    • 39'
      Six minutes to go in this electric first period in Andalusia and the impetus is with Real Madrid to go on and get the equaliser before the half-time break. Betis haven't threatened too much since the opening goal, but still look pretty useful going forward, particularly through Fabian.
    • 41'
      Real Madrid are just letting their tempo drop every so slightly as we approach half-time, which is probably not the best as if they were to claw back an equaliser around now, it would certainly do well to silence this vibrant Benito Villamarin crowd, who are inspiring their team to quite a performan
    • 43'
      There have been plenty of crosses fired and floated into the Betis box in this first half, but unfortunately for Madrid, Pezzella and Bruno have been rather comfortable in their dominance of any aerial battles that arise in their areas.
    • 46'
      We are back under way at the Benito Villamarin!
    • 48'
      Marcelo has got into plenty of decent positions down that left wing tonight, but his usual high standard of delivery has suffered for some reason. Benzema and Ronaldo inside the Betis box haven't had a lot to work with in terms of service.
    • 50'
      Ronaldo does brilliantly to recover a seemingly lost cross to the back post with a superb touch over his head, which takes the Betis defence completely by surprise. James latches on to it, but fails to test the keeper with an awful fresh air shot, and the whole attack comes to a halt as Benzema blaz
    • 51'
      SI Dani Ceballos SO Fabián Ruiz
    • 52'
      First change of the match now and it is a forced one for Real Betis as Fabian appears to have picked up an injury with nobody really around him. Disappointing for the hosts, and indeed for the game, as he has been superb to watch up until now. His replacement will be Dani Ceballos.
    • 54'
      James should be doing so much better! The Colombian, who has had a reported spat with Zidane this week about a supposed lack of playing time, has been awarded an opportunity due to the injury to Bale, but probably should have netted at least a couple of goals so far! His latest attempt is a cushione
    • 56'
      There are some quite worrying scenes for Betis at the moment as it appears they will have to make another substitution to an injury. This time it is Kadir who goes down with what looks like a hamstring injury, and the question enters your mind whether or not it is the sheer workrate the hosts have p
    • 58'
      SI Joaquín SO Fabián Ruiz
    • 58'
      Eventually, after a few minutes of treatment, Kadir leaves the pitch on a motorised stretcher and he will be replaced by Benito Villamarin veteran and crowd favourite, Joaquin, who returned to the club this summer after a spell in Serie A with Fiorentina. Let's see if he can make an impact.
    • 59'
      First yellow card of the match and it is a deserved one for Vargas as he comes through the back of Vargas down the right wing. He'll need to watch himself as the game goes on as it is likely we are going to see attack versus defence for the last half-hour!
    • 61'
      Well, it was mentioned in the first half that Petros was very fortunate not to be penalised for a challenge on Benzema inside the area, which probably would have resulted in a booking had the penalty been given. He is not so lucky this time, and he eventually sees yellow for a wayward arm into the f
    • 63'
      That is two bookings in quick succession for the home side now and they just need to be careful that they don't start losing discipline as we enter into the last third of the match. Their passion in the tackle is impressive, yes, but if they were to get a man sent off it would give Real Madrid all t
    • 64'
      SI Daniel Carvajal SO Fabián Ruiz
    • 64'
      Zidane flexes the muscles of his squad for the first time and makes his first change of the match, which will see Danilo come off to be replaced by Carvajal, who actually started the previous match against Sporting and did extremely well. He will be wondering how he wasn't in the starting XI...
    • 64'
      Yellow card for Danilo, which will probably be his last contribution to the match.
    • 66'
      We are just about halfway through the second period of this Liga match between Real Betis and Real Madrid, and as it stands Zidane's men will be unable to take advantage of Atletico dropping points earlier on today to close the gap to second place. Indeed, they have a lot of work to do just to save
    • 68'
      Ronaldo really has been poor tonight. Normally a bad match for Ronaldo would be a fairly decent performance by anyone else, but even by his supremely high standards, he has been totally abject in an attacking sense. No passes, shots, or even crosses, are coming off for him. Off day, it seems.
    • 69'
      The bookings are coming thick and fast for Betis now and again, he will need to watch his tackling as the recently introduced Carvajal looks hungry to provide width and drive towards goal from that right wing.
    • 71'
      G K. Benzema Assist Fabián Ruiz
    • 71'
      James is just about offside as he receives the ball to feet before assisting Benzema, but Madrid won't care as they have just levelled!
    • 71'
      GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLL FOR REAL MADRID! LOS BLANCOS STRIKE BACK! A neat pass is threaded into the box for James, with more than a sniff of offside surrounding the Colombian, but he plays to the whistle and subsequently squares for Benzema, who smashes into the empty net! One-one!
    • 73'
      Well, you get the feeling that the Betis management are going to have plenty to say about that decision to play on when James was offside, but it was an extremely tight decision so you can have some sympathy for the linesman. Even so, Madrid can mention the fact that they had a stone wall penalty de
    • 75'
      Fifteen minutes remaining, and the ascendancy is certainly with Real Madrid now as they go in search for that elusive winner. With Betis now not having the lead to hang on to, it will be interesting to see how much attacking ambition they show considering how long they have actually lead in the matc
    • 76'
      SI Portillo SO Fabián Ruiz
    • 76'
      Third and final change from the Verdiblancos and it sees the goalscorer, Cejudo, make way for Francisco Portillo, in what is a fairly attacking change from the Betis boss, Juan Merino. Can the home side grab an unlikely winner?!
    • 78'
      SAVE FROM ADAN! James, who has became increasingly more prominent as the game has gone on, collects the ball to feet around 25 yards out and turns before drilling a superb left-footed strike aimed at the left corner. The Betis keepr is equal to it, though, and dives across goal to put behind for a R
    • 80'
      SI Jesé SO Fabián Ruiz
    • 80'
      OH WHAT A STUNNING SAVE FROM ADAN! A cross is floated deep into the area, and Benzema gets ahead of his markers to flick a strike at goal from just a couple of yards out, but the Betis stopper somehow stretches out a strong right hand to block the route to the net! That looked an absolutely certain
    • 81'
      Second change from Zidane here as Jese enters the action in place of James. Just under 10 minutes to go!
    • 82'
      It seems for all intents and purposes that the remainder of this match is basically going to be attack versus defence, with Madrid going in search of the winner and Betis desperately attempting to hold out for the vital point. The latter probably deserve it at this point, but football isn't always f
    • 84'
      The Betis faithful are, naturally, still tearing the house down with their cheering from the stands as they attempt to claw their team over the line for the draw. The next six minutes or so will certainly not be particularly comfortable for anyone associated for the Verdiblancos!
    • 86'
      JUST OVER FROM RONALDO! The former Manchester United man, who has been disappointing tonight, collects the ball in his favourite position in the left channel before cutting inside on his right foot to smash a powerful strike at goal! Decent attempt, but it was always rising and ends up going north o
    • 88'
      It remains unclear as to how much injury time the referee will allocate here, as there hasn't been too many stoppages apart from the substitutions from either side. If it is a rather large number, then expect a collective groan sounding out loudly in Andalusia!
    • 90'
      FOUR minutes of injury time it is and your commentator is correct as the Betis fans give the referee a pile of abuse for adding on so much, thus giving their team a lot more time to defend and hold on for the point!

    Line Up

    Daniel Carvajal
    Dani Ceballos


    Lucas Vázquez


    Quique Setién
    Zinedine Zidane



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


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


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


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


    Fouls Conceded 17 17
    Yellow Cards 3 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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