Real Betis 1-1 Real Madrid (Bellingham). Madrid slip away from home. Here is the immediate reaction to the draw. Also catch: Player ratings, post game quotes and a post game podcast.
Betis are currently 7th in the La Liga table so it was a sure thing that they would provide a decent challenge at their home ground. Real Madrid need to continue with their winning ways in order to keep their top spot. Andriy Lunin continued to retain his starting spot despite media speculation that Kepa Arrizabalaga was set to return in goal. Ferland Mendy can now consider himself a Real Madrid starter again. Brahim Díaz also continued his starting run. Luka Modrić captained the team from midfield.
It was a positive start at the Estadio Benito Villamarín with Rodrygo Goes breaking into the oppositions box almost winning a penalty. Brahim Díaz then tested the keeper with a blocked shot before having a goal ruled out for offside just minutes later. Andriy Lunin justified his start with an amazing save to deny Ayoze Pérez. Castilla graduate Willian José then had a good chance to score but spurned his effort wide. Luka Modrić tried to claw things back for Madrid with a decent effort that was well saved from a distance. David Alaba had the final chance of the half as his free-kick whisked just wide of the post. 0-0 at half time.
Jude Bellingham is phenomenal— Viaplay Sports UK (@ViaplaySportsUK) December 9, 2023
The Real Madrid midfielder combined with Brahim for a fine goal today ⚪ pic.twitter.com/zioZYtq5av
Isco got things going in the second half as he almost beat Lunin, but the Ukrainian continued his form by producing another great save. That would cost Betis, as Brahim showed great vision to find Jude Bellingham who was always going to score at that point. Rodrygo went on a mazy run before just missing the target in an attempt to make it 2-0. Just as Madrid were edging things, Betis found a way to fight back. A long ranged shot was too quick for Lunin to react, and it was game on again at 1-1. You could see Madrid’s frustration in the play after that, and they didn’t create another chance until Toni Kroos almost buried another free-kick for the visitors. Betis sat back for the draw, but they had one of the better chances for a winner when Isco glanced a header toward goal, but couldn’t beat the post. That was it for the action, as the game ended 1-1. Madrid could go down to second place if Girona win their fixture. Thought on the game?