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Casemiro
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E. Hazard
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Carvajal
K. Benzema
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Martín Montoya
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Aitor Ruibal
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Commentary

That concludes our commentary of the LaLiga fixture between Real Betis and Real Madrid! We hope you’ve enjoyed it.
The international break is at hand, with club football taking a scheduled pause. Real Betis will travel to Granada on September 12 when the domestic calendar resumes. Real Madrid get underway once again on the 11th, when they host Celta Vigo.
Real Madrid once again come alive in the second half and manage to wrestle all three points from Real Betis at Benito Villamarin, thanks to Carvajal’s volleyed effort just after the hour. An even first half gave way to dominance from the visitors in the second, as Benzema and the Merengue attack re-emerged from the interval raring to go. The striker and captain thought he had the breakthrough seven minutes before the goal, but a keen eye from the linesman spotted his offside position. Betis played well in possession but an evident lack of pace in the forward line afforded Madrid’s defence a bit too much comfort on this occasion. Madrid go up into first temporarily with the win, while Betis drop into 14th.
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: REAL BETIS 0-1 REAL MADRID. 
90' + 5' Fekir looks to play Miranda through into the penalty area with a disguised pass, but Casemiro breaks up the play and intercepts the ball before whacking it down the pitch to give his side some breathing room.
90' + 3' The fourth official indicates six minutes will be added to the end of the 90 for stoppages. 
Casemiro
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Casemiro is booked for a cynical foul, dragging Camarasa back in midfield. 
90' + 1' CHANCE! Benzema plays a leading pass through the defence for Hazard, who receives it well and fires a low strike at goal which is saved well by Silva.
89' Joaquin gets onto the ball outside the Real Madrid penalty area but again his link-up with Iglesias leaves something to be desired as the goalkeeper comes forward to intercept the low throughball.
87' Joaquin looks to play Iglesias through on-goal with a slick pass but the striker is a step too late to register the intent as Courtois takes advantage - rushing off his line to gather the loose ball.
85' Against no other opponent has Real Betis player Joaquin registered more assists in LaLiga than against Real Madrid (seven, the same as against Osasuna).
Rodrygo
Miguel Gutiérrez
83' An apparent injury to Gutierrez - who has been industrious all match - forces Ancelotti into a change. Rodrygo is the man chosen to replace him - dropping Vazquez back into full-back. 
Joaquín
Sergio Canales
82' Joaquin makes an appearance as Pellegrini continues to shuffle his pack looking for the equaliser. It's Canales who's replaced. 
E. Hazard
Yellow Card
80' Hazard is shown a yellow card two minutes after coming onto the pitch for wasting time.
E. Hazard
Vinícius Júnior
78' Hazard will get an opportunity to trouble the Betis defence as Vinicius is taken off with 12 minutes left in the contest. 
Borja Iglesias
Juanmi
77' Iglesias gets onto the pitch with 13 minutes remaining, as Pellegrini takes Juanmi off. 
76' Again in the second half, the referee blows his whistle for a cooling break. There is lots for Betis to do in the final 15 minutes, though Pellegrini will get one final chance to speak to his players. 
74' A mistake in midfield allows Asensio to nip in and steal possession, but the substitute opts to go for goal instead of supplying either Vinicius or Benzema - missing the target with a shot dragged harmlessly wide.
72' Madrid are controlling possession looking to sap every second they can from the clock. It’ll force Betis forward and open up space in-behind the defence; a scenario Vinicius usually thrives in.
Tello
Aitor Ruibal
70' Pellegrini makes two changes at one time as Tello is also sent on for Ruibal.
Camarasa
A. Guardado
70' Real Betis make a change with 20 minutes left to go in the match, as Guardado makes way for Camarasa.
68' Fekir takes a corner short to Montoya, but the right-back fails to hit his strike towards goal with any venom, allowing Courtois to make an easy save at his near post.
Asensio
G. Bale
66' Asensio is brought on at the same time as Bale is withdrawn after 66 minutes.
Lucas Vázquez
Isco
66' Ancelotti makes a change as Isco is replaced by Vazquez with just under 25 minutes remaining.
65' Real Madrid coach Ancelotti has won both of his LaLiga meetings with Real Betis, both in 2013-14, including one of his biggest away wins in the competition with Los Blancos, 5-0 in January 2014.
63' Fekir enters the penalty area on the left-hand side and manages to chip a cross towards the penalty spot for Juamni, who fails to direct his header towards goal as the ball exits the 18-yard box on the other flank.
K. Benzema
Assist
61' Benzema is again involved in a goal for Real Madrid, supplying Carvajal with a perfect cross to the far side of the penalty area. 
Carvajal
Goal
61' REAL MADRID FIND THE BREAKTHROUGH! 1-0 LOS BLANCOS! It’s a fantastic strike as Vinicius races to the byline to keep the ball in play, laying it back to the waiting Benzema. The striker picks his head up and sends a cross to the far post for Carvajal, whose sliding volley finds the back of the net!
Martín Montoya
Yellow Card
59' Montoya is booked for blocking the path of Vinicius, who looked to be away on a counter-attack.
58' Vinicius takes on two Betis defenders inside the penalty area, getting past both of them with a lovely turn but his centring pass is intercepted and hammered away by Gonzalez at the edge of the 18-yard box.
57' Both sets of supporters come together to have a laugh at the referee, who gets in the way of a Casemiro slide tackle and is promptly sent to the deck. It’s all smiles from Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez, who looks to have avoided injury.
56' Real Madrid have started the second half in fantastic fashion, putting Betis under serious pressure. The fourth official is the only thing standing between Los Blancos and a breakthrough, with Benzema unable to hold his run on three key occasions so far this evening.
54' REAL MADRID SCORE BUT IT’S OFFSIDE! Casemiro’s chipped cross from the left-hand side of the penalty area finds the head of Benzema, who beats Silva easily - but again the visitors are left disappointed as the striker was unable to hold his run! 
52' WHAT AN INCREDIBLE SAVE! Bale is allowed time and space to shape for a trademark left-footed cross, which finds a charging Benzema just outside the six-yard box. The France international powers a close-range header at goal forcing a beautiful reaction save by Silva, though again it won't count for offisde. 
50' It’s taken short as it looks to be a routine from the training ground, but the set-piece fails as Madrid are able to get the ball away from their 18-yard box without allowing a shot.
49' Vinicius catches Montoya’s head with a raised boot during an attempt to break on the counter, giving Betis a free-kick just outside Madrid’s penalty area.
48' Benzema gets into the penalty are and swivels to turn his defender before curling a shot with his right foot which sails high over the crossbar.
46' Real Betis get the match restarted from the kick-off!
Having scored six of their seven goals after the half-time restart, Real Madrid will no doubt proceed with confidence. Despite injuries to a number of key players, Ancelotti still has a wealth of talent at his disposal from the substitute’s bench, with Asensio, Hazard and Rodrygo all capable of making an impact. Three of Betis’ four forward players have been booked, which could cause Pellegrini trouble late into the match. Club legend Joaquin or former Barcelona winger Tello could make an impact, providing fresh legs and a direct mentality.
An entertaining but goalless first half at Benito Villamarin comes to a close as neither side is able to do enough to trouble the opposition’s goalkeeper. Both Silva and Courtois have been left relatively untroubled as both Real Betis and Real Madrid look smooth in possession without much of an end-product. Both Benzema and Montoya had chances to open the scoring, but neither were able to hit the target under pressure. A flurry of yellow cards late in the half saw a rise in intensity as Manuel Pellegrini became animated on the touchline, which should set us up for an intriguing second frame.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: REAL BETIS 0-0 REAL MADRID. 
45' + 2' The fourth official indicates three minutes will be added at the end of the half for stoppages. 
Aitor Ruibal
Yellow Card
45' + 1' Ruibal’s late challenge from behind on Vinicius earns the winger a yellow card of his own.
Sergio Canales
Yellow Card
44' Canales whacks Gutierrez in the face with a trailing elbow, earning the Betis midfielder a yellow card.
G. Pezzella
Yellow Card
43' Pezzella is shown a yellow card for dissent after giving the referee a piece of his mind following the Gutierrez booking, which the Betis defender doesn’t feel is enough.
Miguel Gutiérrez
Yellow Card
43' Gutierrez is shown a yellow card for an infringement during a physical duel for the ball.
42' Juanmi chests down a long pass well and breaks into the penalty area before whacking a right-footed shot towards goal, forcing a great diving parry out of Courtois.
40' After drawing his first two home games against Real Madrid in LaLiga, both as Villarreal coach, Real Betis coach Manuel Pellegrini has alternated between a win and a defeat in his last six home games against Los Blancos in the competition.
38' Isco’s corner finds a wide-open Miltao, who heads it forward to Benzema. The striker springs forward and uses his head to put an effort towards goal but Silva is quick off his line to make an unlikely save. It wouldn’t have counted in the end though, as the linesman raises his flag for offside in the build-up.
36' Montoya cuts inside with intent and fires towards Courtois with his weaker left foot and sends the ball just wide of the near post!
35' Isco’s corner finds the backheel of Casemiro, but the flick-on fails to get through the crowd of bodies as Betis come away with possession following the water break.
33' The referee sends both teams to the touchline as he indicates for a water break, allowing both sides to hydrate in the Seville heat.
31' Fekir takes a speculative shot at goal from 25 yards out but the effort never looked likely to hit the target as Courtois can gather for a goal-kick.
29' An early mishit cross from the left by Canales gives Courtois a bit of a scare as the delivery certainly looked on-target for the near post, but it misses the mark and goes behind for a goal-kick.
27' With seven goals in their first two matches, this Real Madrid attack will be difficult to stop, however, they are a side that come to life in the second half of matches, scoring six goals after the restart.
25' A hopeful pass is hit over the top for Juanmi from midfield, but Alaba beats the forward for pace and allows Courtois to come off his line to pick up the ball at the front of the penalty area.
N. Fekir
Yellow Card
23' Fekir gets into the penalty area in the shadow of Valverde and opts to go down instead of firing a shot on goal. The referee spots the dive immediately and books the Betis forward for simulation despite protestations from the home side.
22' Miranda’s overzealous press down the left gets him in trouble as he sends Carvajal to the ground twice in quick succession, giving Madrid a free-kick and denying a potential counter-attack.
20' Ruibal is sent to the ground during a one-on-one duel with Gutierrez which wins his side a free-kick. It’s a welcome sight for Betis, who have found it very difficult to win back possession in the last five minutes.
18' Real Madrid's Benzema has been involved in six goals in his last seven visits to Benito Villamarín in LaLiga (five goals and one assist) - only at Mestalla and Ipurúa (six each) has he scored more away goals in the competition.
16' Alaba takes a Real Madrid corner looking for Casemiro, but the delivery is sent above the head of the leaping Brazil international - allowing the Betis defence to scramble it away.
14' Canales finds Fekir in midfield, but the forward fails to control the simple pass and allows Vinicius to step in ahead and win possession, before fouling the Real Madrid winger and giving away a free-kick.
12' The corner is taken short but played back to Fekir, who launches a cross to the far post looking for a team-mate, but Militao is able to clear up the danger and take possession back for his side.
11' Fekir uses his left foot and goes for goal looking to catch the goalkeeper napping, but Courtois dives across with ease and turns the shot behind for a corner.
11' Fekir is brought down by Alaba outside Madrid’s penalty area on the left, giving Betis their first real opportunity to test Courtois.
10' Betis are moving it from right to left in midfield as they look for an opening to expose Madrid as Canales looks to dictate play, but Ancelotti’s side are giving their opponents nothing - holding their shape well to keep the hosts at bay.
8' Isco takes a free-kick from deep in midfield after Valverde was taken down by Fekir and manages to find Militao after a deflection on the delivery, but the centre-back’s shot is an easy one for Silva to save.
6' GREAT CHANCE GOES BEGGING FOR MADRID! Vinicius plays a one-two with Benzema and gets by Rodriguez easily with a turn of pace. The ball is centred back to Benzema on the penalty spot, but the captain’s first-time strike misses the target narrowly!
4' The corner comes into the area but Guardado at the near post manages to scramble it away at the first time of asking.
3' Carvajal plays an incisive pass into the penalty area for Valverde, who manages to stay onside and win a corner-kick after his cross is turned behind by Ruiz. 
1' Real Madrid get the match underway from the kick-off!
Real Madrid keep the same shape but make three alterations from their 3-3 draw with Levante last weekend. Vazquez is dropped at right-back for Carvajal, while the introduction of left-back Gutierrez for Nacho allows Alaba to play at centre-back alongside Militao. In attack, there’s no room for Hazard as Ancelotti rewards Vinicius with a start for his goal against Levante.
Betis make three changes from their 1-1 draw with Cadiz last time out. Pezzella replaces Gonzalez in defence, while Rodriguez is preferred to Rodri in midfield. The final switch comes in attack, where Ruibal gets a start on the wing, pushing Juanmi forward as the lone striker which drops Iglesias to the bench.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Eden Hazard, Luis Lopez, Antonio Blanco, Toni Fuidias, Luka Jovic, Marco Asensio, Rodrygo, Jesus Vallejo, Lucas Vazquez.
REAL MADRID XI (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Eder Miltao, David Alaba, Miguel Gutierrez; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Isco; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
REAL BETIS SUBS: Borja Iglesias, Joaquin, Paul Akouokou, Edgar Gonzalez, William Carvalho, Victor Camarasa, Jose Manuel Calderon, Rodrigo Sanchez, Claudio Bravo, Marc Bartra, Cristian Tello, Yassin Fekir.
REAL BETIS XI (4-2-3-1): Rui Silva; Juan Miranda, Victor Ruiz, German Pezzella, Martin Montoya; Andres Guardado, Guido Rodriguez; Nabil Fekir, Sergio Canales, Aitor Ruibal; Juanmi.
With 20 minutes to go before kick-off let’s take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with our hosts!
A confident 4-1 win for Real Madrid over Deportivo Alaves to start the season was met by a 3-3 draw with Levante last weekend, with Vinicius Junior’s late equaliser stealing a point for Los Blancos. Carlo Ancelotti’s side will look to make it three matches on the spin without defeat and jump into a tie for top spot in Spain ahead of Atletico Madrid’s match tomorrow.
Two 1-1 draws to start the season have Betis in 10th position as they welcome Real Madrid to the Estadio Benito Villamarin. The hosts have gone nine matches unbeaten at home in the league since a loss to Barcelona in February, though they were bested by today’s opponents last time they met in Seville, going down 3-2 thanks to a late Sergio Ramos penalty. 
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