Saturday November 24, 2012 Day 13 Finished Estadio Benito Villamarin

Real Betis 1 - 0 Real Madrid

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  1. Liga - Real Madrid beaten by Benat strike

    Liga - Real Madrid beaten by Benat strike

    Real Madrid's faltering title defence deteriorated further with a shock 1-0 defeat at Real Betis leaving them eight points behind Barcelona. More

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    • Real Betis
    • Real Madrid
    • 90+3' FULL TIME. Benat's goal defeats Real Madrid as the champions suffer another big blow to their title hopes. Eight points behind Barca having played a game more is a terrible situation to be in.
    • 90+1' This time it is Coentrao's turn to ping a cross into the box but again Adrian is there.
    • 90' We will have three added minutes.
    • 89' Ronaldo snatches at a shot and the ball flies high and wide from his poor volley. He has only scored one in his last six games now.
    • 88' Good goalkeeping from Adrian under pressure as he fists the ball away. Madrid are now flinging the ball into the box from all angles.
    • 86' Kaka shapes to execute an overhead kick in the box but Amaya bravely heads away. More fantastic defending from Betis.
    • 85' Time ticking away now. Can Madrid turn this around?
    • 83' Chaos from the corner. Adrian denies Benzema with a save before Nosa takes the ball away, only for Alonso to disposses him.
    • 82' Ronaldo lines up a free-kick from 25 yards but it is too close to Adrian and the Betis keeper touches it over the bar.
    • 81' A change for Betis as Emmanuel Nosa replaces Salva.
    • 79' Agra catches the face of Coentrao. Ouch. Accidental but the Madrid man needs to be bandaged up.
    • 78' Kaka and Benzema both get into good positions on the left in the space of 30 seconds but both produce poor crosses.
    • 77' Benat is booked for pulling the shirt of Modric as the Croatian tries to race clear.
    • 76' Lucky for Betis! A free kick comes is turned back across goal by Kaka and takes a touch off Ramos, who inadvertently almost puts the ball past Adrian.
    • 75' Angel Lopez replaced by Perez Nacho at the back for Betis.
    • 74' Another chance for Sevilla! Molina breaks free down the right and curls a pass across goal to Castro, but his first-time effort is poor.
    • 73' Xabi Alonso with the subsequent free-kick and Pepe gets his head to the ball, only to direct it into the arms of Adrian.
    • 72' Canas goes into the book for a pull on the short of Coentrao. No argument there.
    • 71' Chance for Betis! A glorious free-kick from Benat is floated towards the back post and the ball is touched in for Salva, who takes touch too many and fires off target. He should have taken the early shot.
    • 70' Sergio Ramos is booked for a late, poor challenge on Agra by the touchline. Silly.
    • 69' It's all hands on deck now at the back for Betis. Amaya has to throw himself into a challenge right on the edge of the box. It was risky but he pulled it off.
    • 67' Kaka embarks on a slaloming run but Canas gets a vital block in. Fine work from the Betis skipper.
    • 66' Molina should give Betis more presence in attack while Callejon should liven up Madrid in wide positions - Di Maria was blowing hot and cold tonight.
    • 64' Betis make their own change as Joge Molina replaces Juan Carlos.
    • 63' Jose Maria Callejon comes on for Madrid and replaces Di Maria.
    • 62' Good save! Now Adrian has to leap to his left to keep out a brilliant curling effort from Kaka. Madrid are really starting to pile on the pressure now.
    • 60' Big chance for Madrid! Adrian gets a touch to Ronaldo's cross and then Angel has to intervene to stop Benzema from tapping home from five yards out.
    • 58' Coentrao flings in a couple of crosses as Betis soak up more pressure. Amaya and Adrian both go for the second and collide as Madrid win a corner.
    • 57' Juan Carlos takes the free-kick and Casillas lets it fly just inches past the far corner. That was a good leave, as they say in cricket.
    • 56' Pepe goes into the book - no, really - for a wild challenge in which he scissor-kicked the ball away and then thumped into Agra.
    • 55' Benzema has the ball in the back of the net for a second time but again he is adjudged to be offside. Replays show it was a terrible decision, but Adrian had already heard the whistle when he let the ball go past him.
    • 54' Adrian is booked for time-wasting as he dallies over a goal-kick. There will be plenty more of that.
    • 53' Ronaldo gets in behind the Betis defence but when Adrian races recklessly off his line the forward can't punish him as he digs out a poor cross.
    • 52' Arbeloa makes a good run down the right but his cross is deflected behind for a corner. Di Maria delivers and Betis clear to Benzema, who feeds Kaka. Angel concedes another corner with a tackle.
    • 50' Kaka stretches out his leg to kick the ball away and ends up catching Angel Lopez in the face. Ouch.
    • 49' Free-kick to Madrid but Ronaldo hammers his shot into the wall. He has been well below his best again today.
    • 48' It's been a decent start to the second half for Madrid. They had to put Betis under pressure from the off and that's exactly what they have done.
    • 47' Modric gets involved early on as he curls in a dangerous cross from the right for Ronaldo. Adrian comes off his line to grab it though.
    • 46' Two changes for Madrid as Kaka and Luka Modric are on for Khedira and Ozil.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+1' HALF TIME. Betis lead through Benat's stunner and they are good value for it too.
    • 45' Benzema doesn't hear the whistle when being caught offside once again and fires his shot into the side netting. Betis are using the offside trap very well today.
    • 43' Alonso with a fine through pass for Di Maria but as he curls the ball wide, the winger is caught offside.
    • 42' Betis threaten once again but Castro and Juan Carlos can't quite carve out a cross from the left.
    • 41' Chance for Betis! Castro wriggles free in the box and is only halted by a fine piece of defensive work by Sergio Ramos.
    • 40' I've yet to see a replay of the Benzema 'goal' but it certainly looked close. If they fail to get anything out of this game then I suspect Madrid may have something to say about it.
    • 39' A nice training ground routine almost comes off for Betis when Benat floats a free-kick out wide to the left but Madrid are able to clear.
    • 37' Benzema has the ball in the back of the net with a volleyed finish from Alonso's free-kick but the flag goes up! He looked level. A controversial decision.
    • 35' Ozil looks for a quick through-ball to Benzema but he puts too much on it. Adrian grabs the ball. A delayed pass or a shot would have been the better option.
    • 33' Khedira catches the bottom of Salva's foot as the Betis man hoofs the ball away and he goes to ground in some pain following a rather delayed reaction.
    • 31' A great move from Madrid! Ronaldo to Ozil, Ozil to Di Maria, but the winger touches the ball up into the air and sees his volley deflect just over the bar.
    • 30' Madrid have two corners, both of which are cleared as Betis stand firm again. Madrid haven't had too many clear-cut chances just yet.
    • 29' A Ronaldo cross bounces through to the back post where Di Maria flicks out a leg, but Adrian turns the ball behind as he blocks from the winger.
    • 27' Benat with a gorgeous ball into the left channel to find Juan Carlos but he can't carve out a chance for Betis with Alvaro Arbeloa in attendance.
    • 26' Ozil with the resulting corner and Betis have to clear a couple of times as Madrid pump the ball back into the box. Resolute defending from the home side.
    • 25' Goalkeeper Adrian comes for a Xabi Alonso free-kick and finds himself stranded, but thnkafully for Betis Jose Antonio Dorado is on hand to head away.
    • 24' Coentrao with the cross but Benzema doesn't expect it to come to him and his control is poor. Antonio Amaya then heads clear when the ball comes back into the box.
    • 23' Salva Sevilla spots the run of Ruben Castro and plays in the forward. His low shot across goal appears to be heading for the bottom corner before Iker Casillas stretches out an arm.
    • 22' Lovely work from Ozil as he tricks his way into space on the left. However, his cross for Ronaldo takes a deflection and goes into the arms of Adrian.
    • 20' No, Benat is fine. A relief for Betis as he is their best player by some distance.
    • 19' A worry for Betis as Benat appears to have sustained an injury after slipping on the turf. He gets up gingerly.
    • 18' I did say to keep an eye on Benat, didn't I? And that's why. Do we have a huge shock on our hands?
    • 17' GOAL! Real Betis 1-0 Real Madrid! It's that man Benat! A fine strike from the Spain international. Angel Di Maria attempts a rather wild clearance that soars to the feet of Benat 25 yards out. He holds of Khedira to arrow a shot into the far corner.
    • 15' A reminder that Madrid are hoping to cut the gap opened up by Barcelona to five points with a win tonight.
    • 13' Fabio Coentrao gets down the left wing for Madrid but his cross goes behind. Good impetus from the left-back though.
    • 12' Angel Lopez surges down the Betis left but is halted as he approaches the Madrid box. This game is being played at a very fast tempo - nice and fun.
    • 11' Betis gradually coming under more and more pressure now. Madrid are tightening their grip.
    • 10' Ronaldo turns on the pace to acclerate clear down the left. He then jinks inside before playing in Khedira with a fine square pass. The German midfielder gets under the ball though and his shot flies off target. Should have hit the target.
    • 8' Betis have coped well with the threat of Madrid so far. Ronaldo has had a couple of shots but he always does. They haven't dominated though.
    • 7' And now Ronaldo has his second shot of the game. It is a trademark counter-attack from Madrid and when Ozil slides a pass to Ronaldo on the left of the box his low effort is deflected behind by the legs of Adrian.
    • 5' Cristiano Ronaldo has his first shot of the game - the first of many no doubt - as he gets under the ball and fires it over from 25 yards.
    • 4' Nice from Madrid as they play the ball around and feed Ozil on the right. He thunders in a cross/shot that Adrian clasps to his chest.
    • 3' Sloppy from Sami Khedira as he loses the ball to Benat. Betis play it right but Khedira recovers to win the ball back for Madrid.
    • 2' It's a very fast start from Betis as they put Madrid under pressure from the off.
    • 1' KICK OFF! Madrid kicking right to left in their dark change kit.
    • 20:55 Real Madrid have all the stars on show but keep half an eye out for Benat: the Real Betis midfielder has broken into the Spain set-up this season and is a very fine ball player.
    • 20:50 Lionel Messi is set to compete with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Ballon d'Or again, but insists there is no animosity between the two of them Watch video
    • 20:45 If Real Madrid win tonight they will close the gap on leaders Barcelona to five points while moving two points behind their city rivals Atletico who are second. La Liga table
    • 20:40 Real Betis: Adrián; Amaya, Dorado, Álex, Angell Beñat, Salva, Juankar, Agra; Cañas, Rubén. Subs: Casto, Pozuelo, Nacho, Molina, Nosa, Nono, Campbell /// Real Madrid: Casillas; Coentrão, Pepe, Ramos, Arbeloa; Di Maria, Khedira, Xabi, Özil; Ronaldo, Benzema. Subs: Adán, Varane, Kaká, Albiol, Modric, Callejón, Mora
    • 20:35 Hello and welcome to our live coverage from Sevilla as Real Madrid take on hosts Real Betis.
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    Manager: José Mourinho

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