Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
November 24, 2012 4:00 PM EST
Estadio Benito Villamarín — Sevilla
Referee:‬ Jesús Gil‎
Attendance:‬ 48500‎
 
17′ Beñat
 
Top of the Match
Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo
Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo
Betis
Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo
Adrián San Miguel Del Castillo
Betis
Flop of the Match
Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil
Real Madrid
José Mourinho
José Mourinho

Betis 1-0 Real Madrid: Benat blow leaves champion on the ropes

A lackluster Blancos outfit was sunk by an early strike from the midfielder, and could see the gap at the top move into double digits should Barcelona beat Levante on Sunday

By Keeghann Sinanan

Benat, Real Betis
Getty
Real Madrid potentially lost more ground at the top of the table after falling 1-0 to Real Betis at Estadio Benito Villamarin on Saturday evening, leaving its title defense in tatters.

Benat scored the only goal of the game, drilling home from the edge of the area after a lapse at the back from los Blancos, who, despite large spells of pressure in the second half, could not find a way through the dogged defensive ranks of a home side that now move joint-fourth in the standings. 

More significantly, though, the result means that should league leader Barcelona emerge victorious at Levante on Sunday, then third-placed Madrid will find itself facing an 11-point gap to make up on the Catalans, with a crucial derby against second-placed Atletico Madrid to come in a week's time.

Jose Mourinho made one change to the side that played out a 1-1 draw at Manchester City midweek, with Mesut Ozil stepping into the side to replace Luka Modric.

The visitors fashioned the first chance in the ninth minute when a determined run down the wing by Cristiano Ronaldo saw him tee up Sami Khedira at the edge of the area, but the he could not find the target.

The German international was then found wanting 17 minutes in as he was brushed off with ease by Benat, who picked his spot superbly at the edge of the area and drilled into the bottom corner - the opening coming after Angel Di Maria had given the ball away.

Betis was playing with great spirit, and with the home fans in full voice, found another way through when Ruben Castro raced clear down the left, but saw his lash across goal tipped away from danger by Iker Casillas.

Madrid finally began to show some positibe signs after the half hour mark, and its best opening of the half came when a sublime one-two between Karim Benzema and Mesut Ozil saw the latter play in Di Maria, whose shot clipped the bar.

It should have been level nine minutes before the break after Benzema turned home Xabi Alonso's free kick, but the goal was disallowed for offside despite the Frenchman appearing to be level with the last defender on replays.

But sloppiness and lethargy were endemic throughout the Madrid performance in the first half, as emphasized when Casillas gave the ball away in a dangerous position after electing to engage in keep-ups on his own goal line.

Mourinho could see that his team was in need of a jolt at the break, and hauled off Khedira and Ozil for Modric and Kaka respectively to start the second half.

The result was a more urgent performance in the attacking third, though despite the improved endeavor, Madrid still lacked a cutting edge in front of goal.

Benzema seemed poised to tap in Ronaldo's center on the hour mark, but Antonio Amaya did just enough to touch the ball out of the Frenchman's path.

Kaka tried his luck moments later with a strong effort from 25 yards out, but Adrian was equal to it and pushed away from danger.

But Madrid's eagerness to get forward left gaps at the back, and Betis had two opportunities to pounce on the break. First, Salva Sevilla shot wide after finding space inside the area, before substitute Jorge Molina played in Ruben Castro, who blazed over from inside the box.

Still, the visitors had chances late to get back into the game. Ronaldo's free kick forced the best out of Adrian, who was on his game again to deny Pepe's header from the resulting corner with nine minutes remaining.

But time simply ran out for Madrid, which could not salvage anything from the game, and must now pick itself up in time for the now must-win local derby at home against Atletico next weekend.

Follow GOAL.COM USA on

Does this article fire you up? Comment below and your opinion could be featured in the Boost Mobile Hot Topics published every Thursday. Click here for more details.


Betis

4
Amaya
Defender
3.50
5
Dorado
Defender
3.50
36
Álex Martínez
Defender
3.50
-
Ángel
Defender
75′
3.00
7
Beñat
Midfielder
17′ 77′
4.50
14
Salva Sevilla
Midfielder
41′ 81′
3.50
17
Juan Carlos
Midfielder
63′
4.00
21
José Cañas
Midfielder
72′
3.50
17
Salvador Agra
Striker
3.00
24
Rubén Castro
Striker
3.50

Real Madrid

3.50
1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Pepe
Defender
56′
3.50
4
3.00
5
2.50
17
Arbeloa
Defender
3.00
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
46′
2.00
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
46′
3.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
3.00
22
3.50
7
3.00
9

Substitutes

13
Casto
Goalkeeper
 - 
23
Nacho
Defender
75′
3.00
24
Pozuelo
Midfielder
 - 
20
N. Igiebor
Midfielder
81′
3.00
8
Nono
Midfielder
 - 
11
 - 
19
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
33
3.50
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
46′
3.00
22
Kaká
Midfielder
46′
3.00
7
 - 
21
Morata
Striker

Coach/Manager

-
4.50

Coach/Manager

 - 
-
 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0