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Primera División

  • 15 October 2011
  • • 17:00
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
  • • Attendance: 72000

Live Commentary

  • Full time in Madrid. A hat trick from Gonzalo Higuain helps Madrid to a 4-1 victory over plucky Real Betis. Thank you for joining us on!
  • 88'
    Good cleaning up from Xabi Alonso as he slides the ball away from the legs of Momo, who was on a dangerous run towards the Madrid goal.
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Momo
  • 86'
    The game is winding down now, Madrid have shut up shop and are inviting pressure as they know they have a comfortable victory in the bag now.
  • 84'
    Unfortunately for Betis Momo's attempts goes over the crossbar and does not bother Casillas in goal.
  • 83'
    A chance for a consolation for Betis with a free kick opportunity from just outside the area after Pepe fouled Molina.
  • 81'
    Good determination from Higuain down the right hand side, fighting for possession and taking the ball for a stroll down the wing. The Argentine has been class this evening.
  • 78'
    SubstitutionBeñat Momo
  • 78'
    SubstitutionCristiano Ronaldo Hamit Altıntop
  • 78'
    Betis are starting to show signs of real frustration now as a number of late challenges have occurred in the middle of midfield.
  • 76'
    Madrid make their third and final sub of the match as Ronaldo is replaced by Altintop. Madrid have just showed their class in the last ten minutes or so, Betis have fought valiantly, but they have been out-shone in the second half.
  • 74'
    SubstitutionMesut Özil Fabio Coentrao
  • 74'
    Substitution for Madrid as Mesut Ozil comes off for Fabio Coentrao.
  • 73'
    Assist Ángel Di María
  • 73'
    Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
  • 72'
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! A hat-trick for Gonzalo Higuain! A truly fantastic finish from the Argentine as he subtly chips Casto! 4-1 Madrid!
  • 70'
    Assist Ángel Di María
  • 70'
    Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
  • 69'
    Assist Rubén Castro
  • 69'
    Goal Jorge Molina
  • 69'
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID! Betis back in the game for a matter of seconds as Gonzalo Higuain darts across the Betis box to receive a Ramos pass and take the ball around Casto and slide home!
  • 68'
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR BETIS!!!! Jorge Molina takes advantage of a scramble in the Madrid box to stab the ball into the back of the net! Game on!
  • 66'
    Close for Angel Di Maria as the substitute comes in from the right hand side and attempts to curl the ball into the top left corner. Unlucky as it goes just by the post.
  • 65'
    Yellow Card Beñat
  • 63'
    SubstitutionSalva Sevilla Roque Santa Cruz
  • 63'
    Madrid are playing with a spring in their step now, the next goal is going to be very important in the match as Betis are by no means down and out.
  • 61'
    That was Kaka's last action of the match as he comes off to be replaced by Angel Di Maria.
  • 60'
    SubstitutionKaká Ángel Di María
  • 60'
    Yellow Card Salva Sevilla
  • 59'
    Assist Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 59'
    Goal Kaká
  • 58'
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Ohhh what a glorious strike from Kaka! Ronaldo goes down the left and passes in to the feet of the Brazilian, who opens up his body and bends the ball wonderfully into the corner!
  • 56'
    Fantastic double save from Casto! Firstly from a point blank shot from Higuain and then at the feet of Kaka!
  • 54'
    Benat steals the ball in midfield and attempts to clip a pass through to Molina who would have been through on goal but the pass is over hit and Casillas manages to gather.
  • 52'
    Ronaldo collects the ball around 25 yards from goal and drives towards the Betis goal and attempts a shot from the left hand side of the box but drags his attempt wide of the right-hand post.
  • 49'
    Marcelo slips a pass through to Ronaldo but this time Casto is really on his toes and dashes out quickly to clear the ball.
  • 48'
    There are questions to be asked about the positiong of Casto for the goal, the Betis goalkeeper came out then changed his mind which allowed Ronaldo a free run at goal.
  • 46'
    Assist Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 46'
    Goal Gonzalo Higuaín
  • 46'
    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR REAL MADRID!!! Marcelo clips the ball over the Betis defence for Ronaldo who bears down on goal and lays the ball off for Higuain who smashes home!
  • 46'
    The second period has been kicked off by Real Madrid. It has been hard work for both sides so far in the game, but hopefully it will open up slightly and more chances will be created.
  • Half time in Madrid. Betis have done well to stifle the play of the hosts and certainly looks dangerous on the counter attack. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half!
  • 43'
    Kaka misses a great chance for Real Madrid after Ronaldo got to the byline and reversed a pass to the penalty spot for the Brazilian, who blasted the ball high and wide past the right hand post.
  • 41'
    Betis are intelligently packing the midfield area and as a result, Xabi Alonso is being forced to play passes down the flank, which is currently isolating Mesuz Ozil.
  • 39'
    Very good defending from Arbeloa to intercept a dangerous pass that was on its way through to Molina and then to just invite the foul the take the pressure off his side. Intelligent play.
  • 37'
    Betis are defending very well, they are not allowing the Madrid players a lot of time on the ball.
  • 35'
    It is mostly Real Madrid possession play at the moment, they are operating more patiently in the final third.
  • 32'
    Same story again from Ronaldo, he is showing plenty of desire and pace down the left hand side, but again his final delivery was poor and easily caught by Casto.
  • 30'
    A vintage Cristiano Ronaldo free kick dips over the wall but Casto's positioning was perfect as he smothered the ball on the line. Good first 30 minutes from the Betis 'keeper.
  • 28'
    Most of Madrid's most potent attacking play is coming down the right hand side with Higuain coming short and Arbeloa on the overlap.
  • 26'
    Cristiano Ronaldo stretches his legs down the left hand side and eventually stops at the edge of the box, where a few step overs are followed by a poor cross that is easily gathered by Casto.
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Pepe
  • 24'
    Yellow Card Pepe
  • 24'
    Great goalkeeping from Casto in the Betis goal as he pounces on a poor touch from Ronaldo in the box to seize the ball at the Madrid player's feet.
  • 22'
    What a miss from Ronaldo! Getting on the end of a Higuain cross from the right, the Portuguese puts the ball wide from a free header!
  • 21'
    SubstitutionVadillo Sergio
  • 20'
    Great cross along the six yard box from Arbeloa but it is missed by Higuain and then slid out of play by Kaka as the Brazilian stretched for the ball.
  • 18'
    Injury Vadillo
  • 17'
    As Ronaldo hits a speculative shot at goal we see Vadillo being carried away on a stretcher, looks like game over for the Spaniard.
  • 15'
    Vadillo is down at the corner flag after a collision with Sergio Ramos, it looked like a shoulder to shoulder but the Betis player is down injured.
  • 13'
    Good play from Diarra to show a cool head in midfield as Betis were attacking. The Frenchman smartly keeping possession for the hosts.
  • 11'
    Ruben Castro stings the gloves of Casillas with a rasper of a shot coming in from the left hand side. The Madrid goalkeeper could only parry the shot and if it was not for a fantastic Pepe interception, Molina would almost certainly have stuck in the rebound.
  • 9'
    Real Betis with a set-piece opportunity just outside the Real Madrid box but Benat's attempt goes over the crossbar and does not bother Casillas.
  • 7'
    Betis are certainly not shy of committing men forward, they have piled towards the Madrid goal in number a couple of times now. They want to take the game to the hosts!
  • 5'
    Very unlucky from Xabi Alonso as the midfielder threaded a neat pass through the middle of the Betis defence to Arbeloa but it was ever so slightly over hit and the visitors get the goal kick.
  • 3'
    A frantic start to the match, Betis seem to be really up for the game and are closing the Madrid defenders down with intensity.
  • 1'
    The match has kicked off in Madrid, this promises to be an exciting match between two free flowing sides!
  • The teams are in the tunnel ready to take to the pitch. Real Betis have been welcomed back into La Liga with open arms and have played with a lot of freedom in the opening matches. How will they fare against the might of Los Blancos?
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  • This is the first XI of Real Betis: Casto, Chica, Amaya, Dorado, Nacho, Salva Sevilla, Iriney, Beñat, Ruben Castro, Molina and Vadillo.
  • The teams are in and this is how Real Madrid will be lining up tonight: Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Diarra, Alonso; Ozil, Kaka, Ronaldo; Higuain.
  • Hello, and welcome to's LIVE coverage of the La Liga encounter between Real Madrid and Real Betis at Santiago Bernabeu.