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Real Betis 1-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid lose ground after Real Betis draw
Karim Benzema's 17th league goal of the season was not enough for Madrid

Zinedine Zidane failed to win for the first time since taking over as Real Madrid coach after his team were held to a shock draw at Real Betis.

Struggling Betis scored their first goal in eight matches when Alvaro Cejudo volleyed in a stunning opener.

Madrid dominated from that point and should have won a penalty after Karim Benzema was tripped before half-time.

But they took a point - leaving them four adrift of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid - thanks to Benzema's tap-in.

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Honeymoon period over for Zidane?

Bernabeu legend Zidane enjoyed a dream start as Madrid boss after replacing Rafael Benitez, winning both of his opening home matches against Sporting Gijon and Deportivo La Coruna at a canter.

And the Frenchman's first away match was not anticipated to be too taxing.

Betis had not won in 10 league matches - and, remarkably, had not even managed to score a single goal in their previous seven games.

Zinedine Zidane
Zidane was promoted from Madrid's reserve side following Benitez's exit

But they ended that drought in spectacular fashion through Cejudo's thunderous strike from 18 yards.

Madrid's response was surprisingly slow for a free-scoring side that had netted a league-high 58 goals in their previous 20 matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Pepe wasted a number of clear-cut opportunities, while the visitors were also frustrated by a string of superb saves by Betis keeper Antonio Adan.

Betis' resistance was ended when Rodriguez, who appeared to be offside, collected a throughball before squaring to France striker Benzema.

Barca's title to throw away?

Defending champions Barcelona will have enjoyed their day off on Sunday - watching both of their title rivals drop vital points.

The Catalan side moved to the La Liga summit after a 2-1 win at Malaga on Saturday, with Atletico unable to regain top spot when they were held at home to Sevilla.

Barca also have the luxury of a game in hand on the Madrid teams.

But Real will be hoping that Barca and Atletico can take points off each other when they meet at the Nou Camp next Saturday. Zidane's side play on Sunday, hosting mid-table Espanyol at the Bernabeu.

What Zidane said

"We will follow our working plan and we're on the right track," said the 43-year-old former France midfielder.

"You have to focus on the positive. We dropped two points and that is the negative part but we have to think that we can get over this and that you have to fight for the league until the end."

Line-ups

Real Betis

  • 13Adán
  • 2MolineroBooked at 69mins
  • 20Pezzella
  • 4González Cabrera
  • 11VargasBooked at 58mins
  • 18A N'Diaye
  • 25dos Santos AraujoBooked at 61mins
  • 5KadirSubstituted forSánchez Rodríguezat 58'minutes
  • 52Ruiz PeñaSubstituted forCeballosat 51'minutes
  • 16CejudoSubstituted forPortilloat 76'minutes
  • 24Castro

Substitutes

  • 1Giménez
  • 7Sánchez Rodríguez
  • 10Ceballos
  • 15Digard
  • 19Molina
  • 22Portillo
  • 33Varela Martín

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 23DaniloBooked at 64minsSubstituted forCarvajalat 64'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Varane
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19Modric
  • 8Kroos
  • 22Isco
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 79'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 13Casilla
  • 14Casemiro
  • 15Carvajal
  • 16Kovacic
  • 18Vázquez
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
45,162

Match Stats

Home TeamReal BetisAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home4
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home17
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Real Betis 1, Real Madrid 1.

Full Time

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

Foul by Isco (Real Madrid).

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

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

Foul by Dani Ceballos (Real Betis).

Booking

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Rubén Castro (Real Betis) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Germán Pezzella.

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dani Ceballos (Real Betis).

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

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Bruno.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesé with a cross.

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

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces James Rodríguez.

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Antonio Adán.

Attempt saved. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Francisco Portillo replaces Álvaro Cejudo because of an injury.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Álvaro Cejudo (Real Betis).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Bruno.

Goal!

Goal! Real Betis 1, Real Madrid 1. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

Attempt missed. Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcelo.

Booking

Francisco Molinero (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Francisco Molinero (Real Betis).

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

Foul by Francisco Molinero (Real Betis).

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Daniel Carvajal replaces Danilo.

Booking

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

Foul by Danilo (Real Madrid).

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

Foul by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).

Álvaro Cejudo (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Real Madrid. James Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

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