Preview - Real Betis vs Real Madrid 19 Feb

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Match Day 25
Real Betis vs Real Madrid
Monday, February 19th, 2018
03:45 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Estadio Benito Villamarin

Real Betis:
Last five matches: W W L L W
Average goals per match: 1.7
Average goals against per match: 2.0
Top Scorer: Antonio Sanabria (7)
   
Real Madrid: 
Last five matches: W W D W L 
Average goals per match: 2.3
Average goals against per match: 1.0
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (11)

Real Madrid had quite the scare in midweek versus Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League but scored two goals in the last seven minutes to defeat the French club 3-1. The Champions League is the only shot that Zinedine Zidane's men have at silverware this year; being knocked out would have signified the end of the season for Los Blancos.

This victory might have given Real Madrid a breath of life, but they will have to stay motivated in La Liga--as they concentrate more and more on the Champions League, they might give up points unexpectedly in league play.

Betis have already defeated Madrid this term, emerging 1-0 victors in the Santiago Bernabeu. They are an attacking side and are very capable of exploiting Real Madrid's defensive lapses. Betis are on a two game winning streak and have won four of their last La Liga games. They are in the hunt for a place in the Europa League for next season, so they will not go down without a fight. 

Real Madrid may show up to this game hungover after their tie against PSG, something Real Betis will take advantage of. Because their focus will be elsewhere, expect Betis to steal points from the Madrid side.

Prediction: Real Betis 2-2 Real Madrid

aaguerra90

Half Time: 2:1
Full Time: 3:5
Shots: 17:11
Shots on target: 6:10
Corner Kicks: 7:5
Possession: 57:43

Real Madrid defeated Real Betis 5-3 in a thrilling match at the Benito Villamarin.

Real Madrid opened the scoring in the 11th minute through Marco Asensio. Lucas Vazquez passed the ball to an unmarked Cristiano Ronaldo in the box; the Portuguese star fired a rocket that goalkeeper Antonio Adan kept out, but the rebound went straight to Asensio, who headed it into the back of the net.

Betis tied the match in the 33rd minute when center back Aissa Mandi rose to meet a cross from captain Joaquin and beat Keylor Navas with a header. Navas was caught ball watching; he should have come out to claim the cross. Instead he stayed on his line and had to pick the ball out from the back of the net.

The home side was in full control of this match. They were playing quick, one touch football and soon found the go ahead goal. Betis broke on a counter attack. Joaquin played Junior Firpo into the box. His shot was deflected by Navas, and in an attempt to clear the ball, Nacho poked the ball into his own net.

At the beginning of the second half, Sergio Ramos pulled Madrid level with a header from a corner from Vazquez. The former Sevilla youth product must have loved scoring against his old club's bitter rivals.

Asensio got his brace after a fantastic play by Dani Carvajal down the right flank. He magically got away from three Betis defenders, used his pace to get past a fourth, and picked out Asensio in the box. The young Spaniard took a beautiful first time shot to the back post. Madrid now lead 3-2.

Cristiano Ronaldo doubled the capital club's lead in the 65th minute. He settled a chipped through ball by Casemiro with his chest, took a touch to set himself up, and fired a powerful shot that Adan didn't even see fly past him.

Betis pulled one back when Firpo broke down the left and sent a cross into the back post. Substitute Sergio Leon was there to meet it and tap the ball into the goal.

In stoppage time, Karim Benzema, who had come on for Cristiano Ronaldo, intercepted a ball near midfield and played Vazquez through. Vazquez ran towards goal and when all the attention was on him, passed the ball back to Benzema. The Frenchman punched the ball into the net to finally break his goal scoring drought and secure all three points for Real Madrid. 

Madrid are still in fourth place in La Liga--a point behind Valencia with a game in hand.

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