Real Madrid drew (0-0) against Betis this Sunday at the Benito Villamarín. The whites, with Rodrygo as a novelty in the eleven, have not managed to score a goal in a difficult duel, in which there have been chances for both. Benzema’s great free-kick was cancelled, through VAR, because the ball touched Rudiger’s hand. The whites, who had just lost in the first leg of the Cup semifinals against their eternal rival, have made their league options very difficult, since Barcelona have won again against Valencia and are now nine points behind the whites. Praise, Mendy and Modric have not been in Seville, while Betis has not been able to count on its two highest quality players: Canales and Fekir. The latter will miss the remainder of the season, a very important setback for a team that is fighting to be in the next edition of the Champions League and that will face Manchester United in the round of 16 of the Europa League.
Bravo, Juan Miranda (Abner, min. 86), Pezzella, Luiz Felipe, Sabaly, Rodri, Ayoze Pérez (Luiz Henrique, min. 70), Guido Rodríguez, William Carvalho (Guardado, min. 79), Aitor Ruibal (Joaquín, min. 86) and Borja Iglesias (Willian José, min. 71)
Courtois, Eder Militao, Camavinga (Nacho, min. 63), Rüdiger, Lucas Vázquez (Dani Carvajal, min. 59), Aurelien Tchouameni (Dani Ceballos, min. 63), Federico Valverde, Vinicius Junior, Kroos (Álvaro Rodríguez, min. 87), Benzema and Rodrygo
Referee Cesar Soto Degree
Yellow cards Camavinga (min. 25), William Carvalho (min. 46), Sabaly (min. 50), Borja Iglesias (min. 51), Rodrygo (min. 58), Eder Militao (min. 59) and Vinicius Junior (min. 83)
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We already have both teams on the pitch! This is about to go! Are you going to lose it?
THE MATCH STARTS AT THE BENITO VILLAMARÍN STADIUM!!!! Rodrygo Goes gets the ball rolling in the Heliópolis neighborhood!!
01’24” – Without Sergio Canales or Nabil Fekir in the eleven, Pellegrini puts the youth player Rodri Sánchez as a hitch, placing Aitor Ruibal in the right profile to help Sabaly when it comes to defending Vinícius Junior. Ayoze Pérez starts from the left wing.
02’34” – Tchouaméni and Kroos form in the control room, with Fede Valverde alternating the right wing with the help in midfield. In this sense, Rodrygo Goes appears in more central positions, connecting with Karim Benzema.
03’53” – Scare for Courtois!! The ball pumped from the left wing is pocketed by the Belgian, who ends up slipping when he was going to serve quickly. He manages to take over before a rival reacts in time.
04’50” – FACT. Against no other rival has Real Madrid drawn more times to zero in LaLiga in the 21st century than against Real Betis (5, the same as against Villarreal), although none of them have been at Benito Villamarín.
05’34” – Militao blocks Borja Iglesias’s shot from outside the area. The Brazilian defender jumps to the striker to narrow the space.
06’12” – Forceful defense of Aitor Ruibal on Vinícius Junior, putting his leg into a divided ball. Benito Villamarín receives the Brazilian with the first whistles of the night.
07’51” – The white team tries to put its stamp on the game in this start. He is close to 70% possession.
08’16” – Militao dry Borja Iglesias. Aitor Ruibal is projected down the right wing to put a low cross to the near post that was looking for the ‘Panda’ at the near post. It does not allow the Brazilian to finish off or control.
10’22” – Dangerous free kick in favor of Real Madrid!! Rodrygo Goes relies on Benzema to find space, dodging Guido Rodríguez’s tackle and then falling to the ground after a Germán Pezzella tackle on the edge of the area.
12’00” – Goal by Karim Mostafa Benzema
12’30” – First scare for Real Betis. Soto Grado needed to check the monitor to check Rüdiger’s hand after validating the French striker’s goal.
15’00” – First quarter of an hour at Benito Villamarín. Both teams launch their first announcements, with Real Madrid claiming to dominate with the ball (0-0).
15’34” – Pellegrini has retouched the right wing with the mission that Aitor Ruibal is one more in the gear that annuls Vinícius Junior from the game. Only Benzema (8) has touched the ball fewer times than the Brazilian (12), the same as Courtois.
18’31” – Clearance by Éder Militao!! Juan Miranda exploits the space left by Fede Valverde to project himself and put a cross into the area that falls short. The Brazilian central defender removes the danger.
19’11” – FACT. The Betic team is immersed in a streak of three consecutive victories in LaLiga. It does not link four since the months of November and December 2021 (Elche, Levante, Barcelona and Real Sociedad.
20’26” – What a mistake by Rodri Sánchez!! The rapid movement of Real Betis on the right wing gives the youth team space to open with a pass towards Juan Miranda, with a whole highway to go hand in hand with Courtois. His bad pass ends up being intercepted by Lucas Vázquez.
21’54” – Germán Pezzella flirts with the yellow card. The Argentine overwhelms Vinícius Junior with a free kick in which he does not dispute the ball. Opportunity for the meringues to exploit the blackboard.
22’43” – AUCTION BY KARIM BENZEEEEEEEMA!!! Kroos executes the short free kick with a low pass backwards for the Frenchman to hit. The Verdiblanca defense reacts to go out to cover the gap, Guido Rodríguez blocking the shot.
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