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Real Betis 2-3 Real Madrid: Sergio Ramos comes to the rescue

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Sergio Ramos scored an 82nd minute penalty to give Real Madrid all three points at Real Betis

Real Betis 2-3 Real Madrid: Sergio Ramos comes to the rescue for Zinedine Zidane’s side as captain scores 82nd minute penalty to complete comeback victory

  • Real Madrid came from behind to beat Real Betis 3-2 in a thriller on Saturday 
  • Benzema superbly beat his man before setting up Valverde to score for Real
  • Minutes later, Sergio Ramos missed a sitter from five yards out keeping it 1-0
  • In a quick turnaround, Mandi and William Carvalho scored to get Betis the lead
  • Real were level on 48 minutes after Betis defender Emerson scored an own goal 
  • The defender’s evening went from bad to worse when he was later sent off 
  • Sergio Ramos stepped up to score the winning penalty with a chipped effort 

It was business as usual for Real Madrid and Sergio Ramos as the reigning Champions beat Betis 3-2 .

The captain dinked the winner from the penalty spot – his 24th straight spot-kick success – and the three points came after two tight VAR calls went the visitor’s way.

Karim Benzema thought he had put Real Madrid ahead after just two minutes when he converted Ferland Mendy’s cross. The joy was short-lived because the Frenchman was offside. 

Sergio Ramos scored an 82nd minute penalty to give Real Madrid all three points at Real Betis

Ramos showed his composure by doing his trademark chipped penalty to seal the three points

Ramos showed his composure by doing his trademark chipped penalty to seal the three points

Betis goalkeeper Joel Robles committed to his right but Ramos dinked down the middle

Betis goalkeeper Joel Robles committed to his right but Ramos dinked down the middle

Uruguayan midfielder Fede Valverde fires into the back of the net to give Real the lead

Uruguayan midfielder Fede Valverde fires into the back of the net to give Real the lead

Valverde is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the opening goal of the match

Valverde is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring the opening goal of the match

But they were not ahead for long with defender Aissa Mandi bringing Betis level with a header

But they were not ahead for long with defender Aissa Mandi bringing Betis level with a header

Mandi celebrates with his team-mates after netting at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville

Mandi celebrates with his team-mates after netting at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville

MATCH FACTS 

Real Betis: Robles, Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Moreno, Rodriguez, Carvalho, Joaquin (Tello 63), Fekir (Loren 73), Canales, Sanabria (Montoya 69). 

Goals: Mandi 35, Carvalho 37

Booked: Emerson, Rodriguez, Canales, Bartra, Mandi.

Sent off: Emerson 

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini

Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Casemiro, Valverde, Kroos (Modric 45+1), Odegaard, Jovic (Mayoral 72), Benzema.

Goals: Valverde 14, Emerson OG 48, Ramos 82

Booked: Carvajal, Modric

Manager: Zinedine Zidane 

Antonio Sanabria then connected with a Sergio Canales cross and drew an incredible stop from Thibaut Courtois. The keeper had to adjust his feet and change direction to bat away the Paraguay forward’s downward header.

A goal was going to come at one end sooner or later and on minute 13 Fede Valverde put Madrid 1-0 up. Benzema tied Alex Moreno in knots and crossed from the right for Fede Valverde to score.

Segio Ramos then nearly doubled the lead but Marc Bartra got enough of his heel to the ball to divert it wide but not enough for the referee to spot the block and give a corner.

Betis did not shrink back into their shell and they deserved the equalizer that came ten minutes before the break. Again Canales provided the cross, this time from the left and Mandi climbed above Casemiro to head past Courtois.

Three minutes later and Betis had turned the game on its head. Toni Kroos gave the ball away and when Canales played it out to Fekir, he found William Carvalho who had ghosted ahead of Martin Odegaard. It was loose from Madrid and Courtois then allowed the midfielder’s shot to beat him at his near post.

There was still time in a helter-skelter first half for Joel Robles to save from Benzema and for Kroos to be taken off for Modric. Was it for giving the ball away ahead of the goal? The doubts dispersed when Kroos clutched the top of his hamstring.

Real Madrid were back on terms two minutes into the second half. Moreno gave Dani Carvajal too much space and Emerson turned the cross past his own goalkeeper.        

Benzema fires into the back of the net but his goal was ruled out by the officials for offside

Benzema fires into the back of the net but his goal was ruled out by the officials for offside

Benzema complains to the officials but his effort was ruled out by the Spanish referees

Benzema complains to the officials but his effort was ruled out by the Spanish referees

Betis midfielder William Carvalho fired the hosts in front just two minutes after the equaliser

Betis midfielder William Carvalho fired the hosts in front just two minutes after the equaliser

Benzema’s rocket shot then came down off the crossbar and over the line but he was offside when he pulled the trigger and it stayed at 2-2.

Benzema was on form and soon he did provoke ‘advantage Madrid’ when his perfect pass sent Jovic through.

He had yards to cover and Emerson to shake off but the Brazilian full-back nudged him and when he went down, VAR advised referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea to take a second look and, somewhat harshly he decided it was a straight red card offence. 

Down to ten men Betis might now would have been expected to just hang on but Carvalho curled a shot that Courtois need to stretch to push out. His two saves had been vital in the win. 

Carvalho celebrates but Betis were  pegged back just after half-time by one of their own men

Carvalho celebrates but Betis were  pegged back just after half-time by one of their own men

Real players run back to restart the game after Emerson put the ball into the back of his net

Real players run back to restart the game after Emerson put the ball into the back of his net

Emerson was then sent off after bringing down Real striker Luka Jovic (not pictured)

Emerson was then sent off after bringing down Real striker Luka Jovic (not pictured)

At the other end Jovic’s luck is still out because despite forcing that red he had struggled throughout and was taken off to be replaced Borja Mayoral. The sub was involved in the winner.

It came from Ramos who scored it with a Panenka from the spot. Again VAR intervened and again it intervened in Madrid’s favour.

Marc Bartra was adjudged to have used his arms to clear the ball. Betis will argue he was falling as the ball struck the top of his arm and he was falling under pressure from Mayoral.

The VAR interventions made for eight minutes of added time but Betis had nothing left in the tank and were left with complaints and a feeling of injustice. Madrid, as so often last season, were left with the points.

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Source: DailyMail

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