New draw for Real Madrid in the League, which although it continues without losing, this result makes it lose a golden option in the fight for the league title. Betis did not catch any great chances and ended up dividing the points in a duel without much history. [Narración y estadísticas: Real Madrid – Betis]
Zidane recovered Modric and Hazard for the match, although only the Croatian midfielder started against Betis. In addition to the novelty of the ’10’, Carvajal also returned, who was already a substitute against Cádiz in the victory last Wednesday. While the one who stayed on the bench with Eden was Vinicius, with Asensio, Rodrygo and Benzema in charge of forming the attacking trident.
Before the start of the match, a respectful minute of silence was observed in the Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium in memory of Emilio Butragueño Benavente, father of the white club’s director of institutional relations, who died last Monday, April 19 at the age of 96.
From the tribute to the start of the match indicated by Estrada Fernández. Real Madrid entered the game cold, with Betis showing the clear intention of achieving a good result in Merengue territory. But after the 15th minute of the game, the chances did not come and just a free kick from Isco, which went high, put a bit of bite into the crash in the opening bars.
While the whites tried to control the ball, Betis went on the attack whenever they had the chance. Pellegrini’s men looked for the gaps and as soon as one of their players had the ball at his feet, they went to Courtois’s goal to demolish the Madrid wall.
Benzema began to appear little by little. And when the white ‘9’ makes an appearance, the rivals tremble. It is no longer nonsense to think of Karim as the strongest candidate, at the moment, for the Ballon d’Or, and he demonstrated it again with various details in the green-and-white area. First with an action with Rodrygo that Víctor Ruiz arrived in time to cover and later with a cross shot that Claudio Bravo managed to repel.
And if Benzema warned in one area, with Rodrygo as his second in command, attempts also began to arrive in the opposite area. After a strong start, Betis had been diluted under the heavy rain that fell at Di Stéfano, but Canales armed his leg to try to surprise Courtois, but his shot went wide.
Once again Benzema took the ‘uy’ to the benches with a control oriented with his chest to finish off with his right. His shot went high after an exquisite pass from Isco and the linesman raised the flag, but the ‘9’ was in legal position. However, there was no goal and no review.
This play was the only one that disturbed one of the areas in the final stretch of the first half, in which Courtois and Claudio Bravo lived a strange calm. Because although Betis tried, the figure of Militao always stood above those of the rest to thwart any green-and-white attempt.
After passing through the locker room, no coach made any changes, although Pellegrini could be heard in the tunnel telling his followers to continue like this in defense, that they were very strong. It was seen from the resumption to a Real Madrid more overturned in attack, closing Betis in their own field.
Asensio was encouraged to test Claudio Bravo with a long shot that the Chilean goalkeeper had no problems to stop. And then it was Rodrygo who gave the surprise with an attempt from the band that was poisoning himself and that ended up hitting the crossbar of the green-and-white goal.
Betis went to the counter so that Lainez was placed in the front of the area, after a career of 60 meters, but he could not do worse in the definition, leaving his shot very wide. The game thus entered its funniest part and Zidane and Pellegrini contributed to this by making their first changes.
Rodrygo, who had finally uncovered himself in the game, was replaced by Vinicius, while Joaquín left his place for Ruibal on the other side. Guido then had the following. He did everything well to get away from the merengue defense and present himself at the penalty spot with everything in his favor, but his low shot came out very centered. No problem for Courtois.
The Belgian stopped after the clearest of Betis until then. The clearest and most dangerous, because Courtois did have to use himself to the maximum here so that Borja Iglesias did not open the can in the 63rd minute. Real Madrid did not take long to respond, with a Modric who executed a strong shot that repelled Bravo fists.
Entering the last 25 minutes of the game, Zidane changed the drawing from 4-3-3 to 3-5-2. Isco and Carvajal left the field, to remain as three central Militao, Varane and Nacho, with Odriozola and Marcelo acting as lanes; Modric and Casemiro as pivots and Asensio a little more advanced.
The party became a runner-up. As soon as Betis attacked as Vinicius missed a great opportunity with a loose shot against which Claudio Bravo had no problems. And so came one of the most anticipated moments: Hazard felt like a footballer again after injuring himself on March 13 after his penultimate reappearance.
There was also time for controversy down the stretch. With a Militao header that touched the arm of a rival. Neither Estrada Fernández or his assistants in the first instance, as well as the VAR did not believe that there was something punishable in the action.
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