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Real Madrid v Real Betis Live Commentary, 4/24/21

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That's all for today, goodbye! 
That win leaves Madrid two points behind Atletico Madrid at the top and just three above Barcelona, with both sides yet to play this weekend. Their attention now turns to the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea. That's now five draws in a row for Betis, but they stay in sixth. They face Real Valladolid next time out.
It finishes goalless between Madrid and Betis. It was a match of few clear cut chances, with the best opportunity falling to Rodrygo when his cross/shot was tipped onto the bar by Bravo. Modric and Benzema were also denied by Bravo's good saves, while at the other end, Iglesias had the best chance for the visitors, but Courtois smothered his effort.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 0-0 REAL BETIS.
Loren Morón
Yellow Card
Real Betis
90' + 3' The yellow card is out again now, this time for Moron, who is booked for dissent.
C. Bravo
Yellow Card
Real Betis
90' + 2' The referee isn't happy with Bravo here and he's gone across to book him for time-wasting.
90' + 2' Marcelo whips a cross into the box from the left and Benzema nods it against Ruiz. There are shouts for a penalty for handball from the hosts, but it would've been harsh on the defender, who had his hands tight by his side when it hit him.
90' Canales takes a free-kick in the middle for Betis and switches it out to Emerson in a lot of space down the right. He takes a heavy first touch though which gives Marcelo chance to get back and intercept it.
William Carvalho
A. Guardado
Real Betis
88' Another change for Betis now and Guardado is going off to be replaced by Carvalho.
87' Hazard skips past Ruiz on the edge of the box and he has enough space to get a shot away but chooses to tee up Vinicius instead. He slips as he sets himself though and Mandi is there to clear the danger.
85' Mandi plays a short backpass to Bravo, despite the keeper being quickly closed down by Benzema. It puts the keeper under pressure, but he does well to clear his lines before the Frenchman can get there.
83' Courtois has saved 19 of the last 20 shots on goal he's faced for Madrid (two out of two against Betis).
81' SAVE! Odriozola swings a good corner into the box which Militao heads against the Betis defender before it falls for Casemiro. He flicks it on and Bravo making a good reflex save to parry it away just as the offside flag goes up.
Juanmi
D. Lainez
Real Betis
80' Juanmi is also being brought on, with Lainez making way for him.
Loren Morón
Borja Iglesias
Real Betis
80' Double change for Betis now and Moron is brought on in place of Iglesias.
79' Hazard and Nacho are linking up well down the left and have both tried to curl crosses into the near post where Vinicius is waiting. Betis are equal to it though and their defence is still standing strong against the hosts.
Antonio Blanco
L. Modrić
Real Madrid
77' Modric is also going off and Blanco is brought on to replace him.
E. Hazard
Asensio
Real Madrid
77' Another double change for Madrid now as they chase the win. Asensio is taken off, with Hazard making a return to action.
76' The game is opening up now with Ruibal drilling a low cross into the box from the left which Courtois kicks away from Iglesias before Madrid counter. Vinicius carries it a long way but then can't get any power behind his shot and it's a comfortable save for Bravo.
74' Lainez wrongfoots Nacho to open up some space as he cuts inside from the right, and he could have a shot, but chooses to lay it off to Canales instead. He takes it first time, but drags at it, and ends up drilling it wide of the near post.
72' Canales is given a lot of time on the edge of Madrid's box to decide what he wants to do when he gets the ball and he ends up floating the ball towards Iglesias at the far post. It's just too short though and Varane gets ahead of him to clear his lines.
70' Only Paris Saint-Germain (22) have hit the woodwork more times than Real Madrid in the top five European leagues this season (20, level with West Ham and Lyon).
Marcelo
Isco
Real Madrid
68' Isco is also making way, with Marcelo on in his place.
Odriozola
Carvajal
Real Madrid
68' Madrid are making a double change now with Odriozola, who scored last time out against Cadiz, coming on for Carvajal.
67' GOOD SAVE! Madrid work it well, with Asensio knocking it back to Casemiro, who spots Modric in space on the edge of the box. He curls a shot towards the near post, but Bravo gets down quickly to push it away.
65' GREAT CHANCE! Canales whips an early cross into Iglesias and it looks like he's one-on-one with Courtois before a heavy touch takes it away from him. He still manages to poke it towards goal, but Courtois is quickly off his line to smother the shot.
63' Vinicius is trying to make something happen for Madrid down the left as Betis drop deep into their shape again and he pulls the ball back to wrongfoot Rodriguez, who fouls him. Isco swings the free-kick into the box, but it's punched away by Bravo.
61' SAVE! Iglesias knocks the ball down for Rodriguez in the middle of the box and he hits his shot first time. It's straight at Courtois, though it slips through the keeper's hands, but he had enough behind it to deny the midfielder.
Aitor Ruibal
Joaquín
Real Betis
59' For Betis, it's Joaquin that's going off, with Ruibal on to replace him.
Vinícius Júnior
Rodrygo
Real Madrid
59' Both sides are making a change here, with Madrid going first. It's Rodrygo that's being taken off, with Vinicius on for him.
57' Bravo steps off his line to collect Rodrygo's cross and he throws it out to Canales on the right to set Betis off on the counter. He carries it a long way to get to the edge of the box but he slices at his shot, in the end, sending it well wide of the post.
55' OFF THE BAR! Rodrygo pulls away from Miranda down the right and it looks like he's trying to cross it but it swerves towards goal. Bravo manages to get fingertips to it and he tips it onto the top of the crossbar.
54' Betis have everyone sitting back deep in their own half again at the moment and Madrid are starting to look frustrated as they can't find any space to work it into behind the visitors.
52' Betis are starting to find their rhythm again now and Canales tries to thread it through for Joaquin on the left, but it skids away from him on the wet surface. Varane clears it to him though so he swings a deep cross into the box, but it's over Lainez at the far post.
50' Modric chips the ball over the top and Benzema and Rodrygo are both running onto it in the box. The Frenchman gets there first and hooks it back into the middle, but he would've been better leaving it for Rodrygo, who was in a good shooting position.
48' Madrid are keeping the ball well in the opening minutes but they haven't been in too much of a hurry to move it upfield. When Nacho does choose to go long, Casemiro flicks it on but gifts it straight to Mandi.
46' Madrid get us back underway for the second half! 
A point isn't really a good result for either team at this point, and both managers will be hoping to see a big improvement in their attacking play after the break. Betis have struggled to get Iglesias in the game at times and could benefit from making a change, while Madrid need to sharpen up in possession as they kept giving it away cheaply.
It's goalless at the break between Madrid and Betis. There weren't too many notable chances in the first half, with Benzema the only player to have a shot on target, which Bravo pushed away from the bottom corner. Rodrygo saw a low shot blocked by Ruiz while Canales dragged an effort wide of the near post at the other end for Betis' only attempt.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 0-0 REAL BETIS.
45' It's loose from Miranda as he plays it infield and Modric is there to intercept it for Madrid. He has Benzema making a run through the middle ahead of him, but he can only pick out Ruiz with his pass.
43' Nacho just switches off for a second which gives Emerson chance to curl a great cross into the box from the right. He's looking for Emerson in the middle, but Militao is alert and he sticks out a leg ahead of him to stop him from having a shot.
41' Lainez nicks the ball off Militao before flying down the right wing and none of the Madrid defenders can get close to him. He plays it short to Canales instead of whipping it into the box, giving the hosts chance to get back and block the space in behind.
39' Isco latches onto a loose pass from Rodriguez in the middle before spinning and playing a throughball down the middle for Benzema. He peels away from the defenders to reach it before firing an early shot on goal, but he set off too early and the flag is up against him.
37' Canales is given a lot of space to drive into midfield and he plays a brilliant throughball forward for Iglesias to chase. Both Madrid central defenders get back with him and crowd him off the ball though just as the offside flag goes up.
Isco
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
35' Isco just slips as he closes down Miranda and ends up sweeping the full-back's legs out from under him which earns him the first booking of the game.
33' Isco has three Betis defenders around him on the left and is caught just after he knocks it through to Asensio. He steps up to take the free-kick that he won, but it's another poor delivery from him that's cleared by Mandi at the near post.
31' Carvajal whips a great cross in from the byline on the right but it's over Casemiro's head at the far post. Benzema cushions it down straight into Lainez, who hooks it clear for the visitors.
29' CHANCE! Lainez is trying to open up some space for a cross on the right, but Nacho and Militao aren't giving him any, so he pulls it back for Canales. He sets himself with his first touch before hitting the shot, but he drags it wide of the near post.
27' Nacho does really well to hold off Lainez long enough to drill a throughball into Benzema and he pulls away to the left to float another cross into the box. Isco is in the middle, and he manages to get a flick it on, but only wide of the far post.
25' SAVE! Madrid are keeping the pressure on here after Betis failed to clear their lines and Benzema is teed up on the edge of the box. He takes a touch before drilling a shot at the near post, but Bravo gets down to push it away.
24' BLOCK! It's a brilliant turn from Benzema on the edge of the box to see him squeeze past two Betis defenders and he unselfishly pulls it back for Rodrygo. It gets caught under his feet before he gets a shot away and Mandi sticks out a leg to block it.
22' Rodrygo pounces on a loose pass from Miranda before dribbling past two Betis defenders to get into space down the right. He whips an early cross into the box, but Ruiz gets across to make the block.
20' It's patient play from Betis now and they're keeping Madrid penned back in their own half as they keep possession. They work it out to Miranda on the left, but his cross is cleared at the near post by Varane.
18' Asensio pulls it back for Casemiro on the edge of the box on the left and it's clever play from him as he quickly knocks it past Guardado, who then brings him down. Isco takes it, but he curls his effort high over the crossbar.
16' Madrid haven't scored in each of their last three home games against Betis in LaLiga, their worst run without scoring at home against a single opponent in their history in the competition.
14' Isco touches it onto Asensio and he swings an early cross into the box towards Benzema, who is unmarked at the back post. Ruiz is tracking back quickly and he gets there just in time to head it out for a corner ahead of the forward.
12' Iglesias has dropped deep to get on the ball and easily turns away from Casemiro who committed to the challenge. He tries to switch play out to Emerson on the right but overhits the pass and it bounces harmlessly out for a goal-kick.
10' Betis are still on the front foot and Emerson makes a driving run forward down the right, pulling away from Nacho to get into the final third. He cuts into the box before trying to pull it back into the middle, but Militao makes an important block at the near post.
8' Modric doesn't have anywhere to go and he's having to track back to keep hold of the ball under pressure from two Betis players. The Croatian flicks it up to try and get out of trouble and wins a free-kick as Canales controls it with his arm.
6' Madrid are struggling to keep hold of the ball here and keep sloppily giving it away in midfield. It's another wayward pass from Modric that plays in Canales and he drives forward before being stopped by Varane.
4' The visitors have started brightly here and are putting Madrid under some early pressure. Guardado spins past Modric in the middle before drilling a great throughball forward for Miranda to chase, but Militao just gets there ahead of him to poke it back to Courtois.
2' Betis have an early free-kick here after Modric stuck out a leg to trip Guardado. The midfielder takes it short to Miranda on the left and he swings a cross into the box, but it's too high for Iglesias and Nacho clears his lines.
1' Iglesias gets the game underway for Betis!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.
Madrid haven't won any of their last three home games against Betis in LaLiga (D1 L2), their worst run at home against them in the competition and their worst ongoing run at home against any team in the top-flight.
There are four changes from Manuel Pellegrini as well after Betis' draw with Athletic Bilbao last time out. Ruiz, Guardado, Joaquin and Lainez all come in, with Bartra and Ruibal starting on the bench. Nabil Fekir is suspended after being sent off in that game.
Zinedine Zidane makes four changes to the side that beat Cadiz on Wednesday as he brings in Carvajal, Isco, Asensio and Modric, who returns after a back injury. Marcelo, Blanco, Odriozola and Vinicius drop to the bench. Hazard is also named as a substitute after missing just over a month with a muscle injury.
REAL BETIS SUBS: Paul Akouokou, Yassin Fekir, Rodrigo Sanchez, Loren Moron, Martin Montoya, William Carvalho, Aitor Ruibal, Juanmi, Marc Bartra, Joel Robles, Sidnei, Alex Moreno.
REAL BETIS STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Claudio Bravo; Emerson, Aissa Mandi, Victor Ruiz, Juan Miranda; Guido Rodriguez, Andres Guardado; Joaquin, Sergio Canales, Diego Lainez; Borja Iglesias.
REAL MADRID SUBS: Marcelo, Mariano, Antonio Blanco, Eden Hazard, Diego Altube, Alvaro Odriozola, Andriy Lunin, Sergio Arribas, Vinicius Junior.
REAL MADRID STARTING XI (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Eder Militao, Nacho; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Isco; Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio.
Madrid have the chance to close the gap to Atletico Madrid at the table with a win today and come into this game unbeaten in their last 16 games in all competitions (W12 D4). They also ended a run of two without scoring last time out with a 3-0 victory over Cadiz. Betis are unbeaten in their previous five outings but have drawn their last four on the bounce as they look to try and earn a place in the Europa League next season.
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