Spanish La Liga
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Real Madrid 2-1 Real Betis

Sergio Ramos
Sergio Ramos has scored 10 goals this season, including a point-saver against Barcelona at the Nou Camp in December

Sergio Ramos headed a late winner as Real Madrid recovered from a howler by keeper Keylor Navas to beat 10-man Real Betis to go top of La Liga.

Navas escaped a red card for fouling Darko Brasanac, then spilled Antonio Sanabria's shot into his own net.

Cristiano Ronaldo headed Madrid level from a Marcelo cross before half-time.

Betis defender Cristiano Piccini was sent off for dragging back Lucas Vazquez with 12 minutes left, before Ramos powered in a Toni Kroos corner.

Morata cannot Bale out Madrid - but Ramos can

Captain Ramos has made a habit of scoring vital goals for Zinedine Zidane's side this season - most notably a last-minute equaliser against Barcelona and a late winner against Deportivo, both in December.

The centre-back's power from set-pieces proved vital as Real did not quite click in attack without the suspended Gareth Bale, and with Karim Benzema named among the substitutes.

Alvaro Morata, given a chance from the start, was unable to make an impact and was replaced by Benzema with 20 minutes left.

Ronaldo provided his usual threat, heading a fine equaliser and seeing another goal ruled out for offside.

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Real Madrid's win puts them two points ahead of Barcelona, who lost 2-1 at Deportivo earlier on Sunday

But it was Ramos who led by example, as Zidane's side took advantage of Barcelona's surprise 2-1 defeat at Deportivo earlier on Sunday to regain top spot.

Betis better

Real Betis were beaten 6-1 at home by Real Madrid in October, not long before head coach Gus Poyet was sacked.

This was a much-improved display under the guidance of Victor Sanchez, and they looked for a long time as if they would leave with at least a point.

They did not create many chances - although the lively Ruben Castro did fire a good one well over in the second half.

As the game wore on, their defence became increasingly stretched. Centre-back German Pezzella made a superb goal-saving challenge to deny Ronaldo on the edge of the area when any mistiming would have meant a red card.

In the end, the red card went to Piccini. Already on a yellow, he was booked again for dragging back Vazquez, as the substitute tried to latch on a sublime Marcelo pass.

Navas nightmare ends in redemption

Keylor Navas
Keylor Navas' error came moments after he escaped without even a booking for bringing down Darko Brasanac

All goalkeepers dread the kind of mistakes that Madrid goalkeeper Navas made during five, crazy first-half minutes.

The Costa Rica international was incredibly fortunate not to be sent off following his first-half collision with Brasanac - having missed a through pass with an attempted header and then blocking off the Betis striker.

Navas' night then got worse seemed to have gathered Sanabria's shot, which was straight at him. But then, inexplicably, he allowed the ball to squirm from his grasp, and fumbled it over the line.

It was a goalkeeping howler right up there with the very worst - and unfortunately for Navas, it is one that will become a YouTube classic for all the wrong reasons.

Yet he made amends right at the end with a fine save, diving to his left to keep out Sanabria's header and ensure a home victory.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 2Carvajal
  • 6Nacho
  • 4Ramos
  • 12MarceloBooked at 87mins
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forVázquezat 69'minutes
  • 19Modric
  • 8Kroos
  • 22IscoSubstituted forAsensioat 79'minutes
  • 21MorataSubstituted forBenzemaat 71'minutes
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 9Benzema
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Casemiro
  • 16Kovacic
  • 17Vázquez
  • 20Asensio
  • 23Danilo

Real Betis

  • 13Adán
  • 12PicciniBooked at 78mins
  • 23MandiSubstituted forNavarroat 84'minutes
  • 20Pezzella
  • 21Tosca
  • 14Durmisi
  • 22BrasanacSubstituted forAlegría Morenoat 86'minutes
  • 7Rubén Pardo
  • 10Ceballos
  • 9Sanabria
  • 24CastroSubstituted fordos Santos Araujoat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Giménez
  • 2Navarro
  • 3Martínez
  • 5dos Santos Araujo
  • 15Donk
  • 17Joaquín
  • 19Alegría Moreno
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
73,103

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamReal Betis
Possession
Home70%
Away30%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Real Betis 1.

Full Time

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

Attempt saved. Antonio Sanabria (Real Betis) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Riza Durmisi with a cross.

Offside, Real Madrid. Daniel Carvajal tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Corner, Real Betis. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

Attempt blocked. Rubén Pardo (Real Betis) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Dani Ceballos (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Hand ball by Dani Ceballos (Real Betis).

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Alin Tosca (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Alin Tosca (Real Betis).

Booking

Marcelo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Álex Alegría replaces Darko Brasanac.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Petros (Real Betis).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Rafa Navarro replaces Aissa Mandi because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Aissa Mandi (Real Betis) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Real Betis 1. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Germán Pezzella.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Petros (Real Betis).

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Marco Asensio replaces Isco.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Cristiano Piccini (Real Betis) for a bad foul.

Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cristiano Piccini (Real Betis).

Corner, Real Betis. Conceded by Luka Modric.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Cristiano Piccini (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Isco.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

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

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Germán Pezzella.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darko Brasanac (Real Betis).

Offside, Real Madrid. Luka Modric tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Karim Benzema replaces Álvaro Morata.

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 12th March 2017

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Real Madrid2619524262
2Barcelona2718635460
3Sevilla2717642057
4Atl Madrid2715752752
5Villarreal2713952048
6Real Sociedad271539448
7Ath Bilbao271359444
8Eibar261169539
9Espanyol271098139
10Alavés279108-537
11Celta Vigo2610511-635
12Las Palmas278811-232
13Valencia278613-1130
14Real Betis277713-1528
15Deportivo La Coruña276912-1127
16Malaga276813-1226
17Leganés276714-1925
18Granada274716-3119
19Sporting Gijón274617-2818
20Osasuna261718-3710
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