Goodbye league? Real Madrid lets points escape against Betis at Villamarín and moves nine points away from Barcelona
Real Madrid closed date 24 of the Spanish League against Betis, already knowing the victory of Barça, who saw it forced to get the result, but could not go from 0-0.
The match was very competitive, even and with a lot of back-and-forth in each of the goals. In the 12th minute of the first half, Real Madrid had a goal canceled that Karim Benzema had scored from a free kick, but a handball from Antonio Rüdiger in the trajectory made it invalid.
There were occasions later in both goals. Real Madrid was saved on several occasions by the inspiration of their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, while Claudio Bravo also did his thing with two strong shots from Valverde from long distance.
In the end, Real Madrid never pressed to unbalance Betis, who will arrive inspired for the match against Manchester United next Thursday for the round of 16 of the Europa League.
This is the third consecutive confrontation that has been resolved without a victory. They equalized 1-1 against Atlético, lost 1-0 against Barcelona in the Cup and now this goalless draw against Betis.
With this result, Real Madrid (2nd) moves nine points away from Barcelona for La Liga in Spain. While the béticos also remain in fifth place with 41 units and are three points away from direct positions in the Champions League.
Eleven of Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Rüdiger, Militao, Camavinga; Tchouaméni, Fede Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Benzema and Vinicius.
Eleven of Real Betis: Claudio Bravo; Sabaly, Pezzella, Luiz Felipe, Miranda; Guido Rodriguez, William Carvalho; Ruibal, Ayoze, Rodri; and Borja Iglesias.