After the UEFA and FIFA International Break, we all were looking forward to watching our team again, and they fulfilled our expectations with a 4-1 win against Real Betis.
The Andalusian team arrived at the Bernabeu with amazing results thus far--and they were playing quite well, but they only had control of the game during the first 15 minutes.
Betis showed their intentions quickly. They were pressing our team so we could not push the game in our favor, while Iriney and Vadillo created some danger in Marcelo's flank. In the 20th minute, the young winger Vadillo injured his knee after a clash with Sergio Ramos. It wasn't even a foul by our defender, and you could tell Vadillo's injury was just bad luck. It looked pretty ugly and he had to leave the field for Sergio Rodríguez.
Real Madrid took advantage of Vadillo's absence and started to gain control of the game, and Cristiano Ronaldo, who played a lot of time in the central striker position, had four good goal scoring opportunities before the halftime arrived. Kaká looked good in this first half, and so did Higuaín, although all of their goals had to wait until the second half started.
Mourinho wanted Benzema, Coentrão and Di Maria to be ready if the team needed them, so all three started to warm up.
As soon as the second half kicked off, Marcelo delivered a nice pass to Cristiano Ronaldo, who faced Casto. When we all thought the Portuguese was going to net the ball, he passed it to Higuaín. The Argentinian was free behind the ball and he only needed to push the ball inside the net. It was surprising to see Cristiano giving away what could have been an easy goal for him, but I like the Portuguese a lot more when he gets involved and participates with the whole team.
Betis could not bounce back from our first goal and started to look nervous trying to stop us from scoring more goals. Thirteen minutes after Pipita's goal, Cristiano gave the ball to Kaká yet again. The Brazilian was almost outside the box and curved the ball to the left post of Casto's goal. Kaká could trademark this shot,--I can't remember how many times I have seen him score with the same kind of strike.
After his goal, Mourinho decided to bench Kaká and play Di Maria. When we all thought everything was going to be easy, Molina received the ball inside our box --it was not a good defensive play by Pepe that time--and put it into the net. Betis fought to tie the game, but their optimism didn't last long. One minute later, Di Maria saw Higuaín and delivered the ball to his teammate, who dribbled to Betis's goalkeeper with his first touch and scored nicely.
It was not the last goal for Higuaín, who received the ball from Di Maria again and scored with a chip. Higuaín has now scored six goals in his last two games for Real Madrid. In the last few minutes, Mourinho gave some minutes to both Coentrão and Altintop, so they can get into competition shape again. It was nice to see our team playing again and winning with a good margin. We play at home against Lyon this Tuesday. The French team will be another test that we need to pass, and hopefully we will see our team win again to seal our pass to the Champions League's next round.