Real Madrid were made to work extremely hard for the three points as they overcame Real Betis by five goals to three on Sunday evening. It was a great contest to watch, full of entertainment and Los Blancos fans can be happy with the result too.
This was a third successive victory for Real Madrid, a much needed good run of form in a season that has not gone their way at all. Real were without Toni Kroos but still started this match quickly, with Marco Asensio heading in the opening goal after just 11 minutes. The player got the nod in the starting 11 ahead of Isco and this was proven to be a great decision by Zinedine Zidane.
The lead lasted until the 33rd minute, when Real Betis equalised through Aissa Mandi. Zidane’s men were then shocked as Betis took the lead on 37 minutes. The shot was saved by Navas but the ball unfortunately hit Nacho and went in. Betis went in to the break with the lead and Los Blancos had a lot of work to do.
The second half was much better though, as Sergio Ramos equalised with a great header from a Lucas Vazquez corner. It was Asensio who then stepped up again to put Madrid ahead, as he steered the ball home after good work from Carvajal. Soon after, Cristiano Ronaldo got in on the act and put his side 4-2 up.
Things looked pretty secure until Sergio Leon made the last 5 minutes quite nervy by pulling a goal back for Betis. The game was put to bed though by substitute Karim Benzema, making the scoreline secure for Real Madrid.
The match has shown that Los Blancos can come from behind to win a game comfortably, just as they did against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday. The result has left Real Madrid one point behind 3rd placed Valencia.