Saturday March 10, 2012 Day 27 Finished Estadio Benito Villamarin

Real Betis 2 - 3 Real Madrid

  • Jorge Molina 10’
  • Montero 55’
  • Higuaín 25’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 52’, 73’

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  1. Madrid handed win at Betis

    Madrid handed win at Betis

    A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo fired Real Madrid to a 3-2 win over Real Betis in a fantastic Liga match in Seville. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Betis
    • Real Madrid
    • - 13-point lead for Madrid. Did you think that was a penalty at the end? I did. But what do I know? Have a chat with me about this game if you like, Im on @Reda_Eurosport. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 90+3 Oh goodness me - the replay shows that hit Ramos's arm and the whistle goes. Well then - what a game, the substitute referee the centre of it but Betis aren't complaining as they haven't had the benefit of the replay.
    • 90+3 The keeper is up for this! Right at the death, Benat over it... half-cleared, the shot comes in from Montero and surely a penalty from Ramos! Stonewall penalty! Not given! Ramos stuck his arm out!
    • 90+2 Booking for Arbeloa as he gives away a late free-kick with a cynical trip on Nacho.
    • 90+1 Benzema should have released Granero with what was a fine pass but the midfielder misread it.
    • 90' Three minutes added time being played.
    • 88' MADRID SUB: Ozil trots off for Benzema, who is returning from injury.
    • 87' Well I've not seen him miss by THAT far before. Very high over the bar.
    • 86' Madrid have a free-kick some way out, looks like a C-Ron special...
    • 85' Long ball from Pepe but good concentration from Paulao to get his eye on it and bring the ball clear from Callejon.
    • 84' Santa Cruz meets the corner with a header, he is blocked and almost gets a second bite, now Nelson but Castro has strayed offside.
    • 83' Corner Betis after Marcelo desperately blocks Castro's cross. Benat to take...
    • 82' Ronaldo with a long shot that is parried by Fabricio, with no Real Madrid players waiting, Betis able to clear.
    • 81' @editorsaif: "#RealMadrid matches are being generated through FM match engine.. However they play, they win!"; @mk123mk1 "What a game this is!!!!! i'm too nervous. I hope Madrid wins it :S"; @eziafa: "cracking game,madrid being given a scare!!!!!" FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 80' Montero with a nice ball inside to Santa Cruz, who goes down but fouled Ramos says the ref.
    • 79' JUST WIDE BY RONALDO! Lovely diagonal run off Dorado, killing Ozil's pass first time and drilling a low shot across the keeper but inches wide of the far post.
    • 79' MADRID SUB: Callejon for Higuain. Four goals against Betis this season.
    • 78' One good cross from the right but Real cross; then a poor one from Nelson, which sails out.
    • 77' BETIS SUB: Iriney finally comes off. I think Canas is on.
    • 76' Talk to me about this mental match. Please. I'm dying of excitement here. ON TWITTER!
    • 75' MADRID SUB: Kaka comes off for Granero.
    • 74' Indeed, Sevilla has come off. Nacho with a brilliant cross and Santa Cruz heads wide! That was a chance!
    • 73' BETIS SUB: Brave, but is it too late? Santa Cruz comes on for Iriney, according to the announcers, but the defender is still on...
    • 72' GOAL MADRID! Ronaldo thrashes it a vicious finish after a frankly incredible save from Fabricio, who had somehow kept out Ramos's header, which took a deflection off Khedira.
    • 71' Corner to Real after a Kaka ball is hacked behind.
    • 70' Free-kick Real on the left, not direct option so Alonso will swing in. Headed clear by Paulao.
    • 69' I can't place where this match is going - either side could win it. Real seem to have run out of steam but they have so many winners that they could easily nick one.
    • 68' Betis think they can win this but Benat's pass is just too heavy for silver fox Salva Sevilla.
    • 67' Nelson I think has been booked - he looks perplexed about something the ref has done.
    • 66' BETIS SUB: Pozuelo on for goal-scorer Molina.
    • 65' A delay now as Montero is down with blood coming from his face.
    • 64' Ronaldo on the left, he weaves in and out and buys half a yard but shoots wide when Higuain was spare!
    • 63' Appeals for handball as Nacho's cross seems to hit Alonso on the arm! Nothing given!
    • 62' Lovely pass from Alonso wide to Arbeloa, who hits a slightly deep cross. Marcelo picks it up, flicks it in the air and shoots but it goes well wide! Nice idea.
    • 61' Marcelo on the run, superb dribbling from him AND HE FIRES IT ON GOAL BUT A FLYING FABRICIO TIPS IT AWAY! End to end! Madness!
    • 60' Castro with a super flick to Moline but great defending by Ramos to clear.
    • 58' Fantastic double save from Casillas from Montero and I think Castro! Bodies everywhere!! I need to see that again!
    • 57' The second corner flies in and Sevilla with a superb intervention to knock it away from the waiting Higuain - the linesman misses his touch though and awards a goal kick.
    • 57' Alonso swings it in, Betis all at see as Ramos misses his overhead kick and Khedira can finish but blocked and wide.
    • 56' Madrid now with a free-kick just to the right of the box. I reckon this will go in.
    • 55' Sevilla's corner went in, half-cleared by Khedira I think and Montero thrashed home a savage low finish from the edge of the box! The Ecuador man's first Betis goal!!
    • 54' GOAL BETIS! 2-2! MONTERO FROM THE CORNER!! WHAT A GAME!!!
    • 53' Ozil with a shoulder barge on Nacho and it's a corner to Betis. Nacho is hurt
    • 52' GOAL MADRID! Ronaldo from close range after the hosts make a pig's ear clearing a ball from Ozil, Marcelo latching on to it to cross for Ronaldo, who pokes it in with his left.
    • 51' Kaka sends it near post but Pepe can't flick it on and Ramos gives it away. He wins a throw though,only for Ozil to give it away. Now Benat tries to play Castro through but he overhits it.
    • 50' Higuain on the move now, Kaka gets it and feeds Ronaldo whose shot is blocked by Paulao for a corner.
    • 49' Ramos and Pereira tangle after Marcelo gets ahead of the winger.
    • 48' Molina gets goal-side of Ramos but he's too deep and runs it out for a throw.
    • 47' Benat almost splits the defence with a through ball that Casillas claims.
    • 46' The second half is underway! We appear to have had a referee change, must have been an injury to the big man.
    • 45+1 Half time and a mighty entertaining 1-1 in Seville. Cracking game.
    • 45' Benat tries a defence-splitting pass but too narrow with Nacho free wide left.
    • 44' Betis ride the corner to clear. There are so many chances that I may stop using the star-icon, as opportunity is the default.
    • 43' WHAT A SAVE BY FABRICIO! Brilliant diagonal run from Ronaldo to spring the offside trap, clean through but Fabricio flies out like Schmeichel to bat his finish inches wide! Ronaldo can't believe it!
    • 42' Madrid counter attack and Higuain is in but he gets his volley all wrong at the far post, high and wide! Cracking match this!
    • 41' OFF THE BAR BY SALVA SEVILLA! What an effort, Casillas fooled by the flight of the ball and unable to keep it out - the bar did though.
    • 40' Castro is chopped down by Arbeloa on the edge of the box! This is good stuff from Betis.
    • 39' Betis playing it about nicely, Nacho with a superb flick, Casto is in, he beats Ramos but then slips and Ramos is able to stick out a boot to clear!
    • 38' The ref threatens to book Nelson for some mouth but declines, pointing to his bulging chest pocket instead. He's a chunky one, this lad.
    • 37' Higuain is booked for a foul in the middle of the park.
    • 36' Real come again but Khedira can't find C-Ron. Now Betis counter, Benat bringing it away and Kaka hauls him down - a rare booking for Mr Nice Guy.
    • 35' STAT: That was Higuain's 20th goal of the season andhis 17th in La Liga.
    • 34' Iriney is booked for a trip on Higuain.
    • 33' Higuain lives on. Betis have a free-kick, but Benat wastes it.
    • 32' He took a blow to the head so they're seeing to him on pitch. He seems okay though, just a bit groggy.
    • 31' Break in play as Higuain has taken a knock.
    • 30' Good move from Betis but Castro's curling shot is easy for Casillas.
    • 29' Iriney gets forward now but the ball sails out for a Madrid goal kick.
    • 28' Now Ozil shows his superb skill by bringing down a high ball effortlessly, but he can't quite find Kaka or Higuain and Fabricio has it.
    • 27' Ozil goes down like a tonne of bricks but play on.
    • 26' Super raking long pass from Ramos but the keeper claims ahead of C-Ron.
    • 25' Peach of a pass from Ozil, Paulao left a mile of space, Higuain was onside and held off Dorado to fire a vicious finish past Fabricio. 1-1.
    • 24' GOAL MADRID! Cracking finish from Higuain!
    • 23' Pepe is down hurt after a tangle with Molina, who helps him up sportingly.
    • 22' Ronaldo just keeps it in on the left to feed Marcelo, but his long ball is taken down by Nacho.
    • 21' Down the other end Marcelo can't find Ronaldo down the left and Betis have a throw.
    • 20' Benat centres from a short corner, Dorado gets in at the far post but his volley is high and wide.
    • 19' The ball is back with Fabricio after a Madrid attack breaks down. Betis snapping in at every opportunity, this game played in an English style but with Spanish touch. La Liga is unparalleled when played at this pace.
    • 18' Betis try to slow it down as they look to take some kind of control of a match they are leading.
    • 17' Alonso to swing this in from wide then, no, Ozil to take it and Iriney heads clear from Higuain.
    • 16' Now Madrid counter but Ozil can't find Kaka. This is being played at breakneck speed. Ozil on the move but Benat leaves him in a heap, free-kick and the Betis man complains.
    • 15' Monteiro with a superb take, run and pass and Castro is in, quick feet from the Betis man to leave Khedira for dead and he could be in as he twists and turns but lobs Casillas over the bar!
    • 14' Betis come again as Molina finds space, Castro is held up by Arbeloa though and Ozil can bring it away.
    • 13' Quick tempo from Madrid too as they take a throw super-fast. But Higuain runs it out for a goal kick.
    • 12' Madrid back into a possession groove as they hunt for a leveller.
    • 11' Foul by Paulao on Higuain gives Real a free-kick on the left, Alonso swinging in but Paulao there to head clear.
    • 10' Jorge Molina has now scored five in La Liga.
    • 9' GOAL BETIS! Molina rams it into the roof of the net after a sweeping counter slices Madrid apart! Great play by Castro to take down a high ball and slip it inside to Molina, and a fine finish. Clap clap! Started by a Nacho run down the left.
    • 7' Kaka gets in down the right but a combination of a shove and running it out of play give it back to Betis. Good defending Nacho.
    • 6' Ronaldo gives chase down the left but the ball skips away from him. Nice idea from Khedira, which C-Ron acknowledges.
    • 4' Fabricio gets a hand to the swinging corner, which Salva Sevilla manages to clear fully.
    • 3' Good low save by Fabricio after Ronaldo races in to fire a typical low drive! Great play by Kaka in the build-up!
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 21:01 I'm your match commentator, Reda Maher, joining you just now after 'doing' Sporting's 1-0 win over Sevilla. Contact me on @Reda_Eurosport if you like. FOLLOW ON TWITTER!
    • 21:00 We have a minute's silence in memory of Real Madrid great Marquitos, who died this week.
    • 20:57 The Betis team is: Fabrizio; Nelson, Paulao, Dorado, Nacho; Salva, Iriney, Benat; Castro, Molina, Montero
    • 20:55 The Real Madrid team tonight is: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira, Xabi Alonso; Kaká, Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo; Higuaín.
    • 20:50 This is our European Match of the Week – see all the pre-match stats here. European Match of the Weekend
    • 20:45 Hello and welcome to our live text comments from the Estadio Benito Villamarin as Betis take on Liga leaders Real Madrid.
  • Summary

    • 90+3 The keeper is up for this! Right at the death, Benat over it... half-cleared, the shot comes in from Montero and surely a penalty from Ramos! Stonewall penalty! Not given! Ramos stuck his arm out!
    • 79' JUST WIDE BY RONALDO! Lovely diagonal run off Dorado, killing Ozil's pass first time and drilling a low shot across the keeper but inches wide of the far post.
    • 72' GOAL MADRID! Ronaldo thrashes it a vicious finish after a frankly incredible save from Fabricio, who had somehow kept out Ramos's header, which took a deflection off Khedira.
    • 63' Appeals for handball as Nacho's cross seems to hit Alonso on the arm! Nothing given!
    • 61' Marcelo on the run, superb dribbling from him AND HE FIRES IT ON GOAL BUT A FLYING FABRICIO TIPS IT AWAY! End to end! Madness!
    • 58' Fantastic double save from Casillas from Montero and I think Castro! Bodies everywhere!! I need to see that again!
    • 54' GOAL BETIS! 2-2! MONTERO FROM THE CORNER!! WHAT A GAME!!!
    • 52' GOAL MADRID! Ronaldo from close range after the hosts make a pig's ear clearing a ball from Ozil, Marcelo latching on to it to cross for Ronaldo, who pokes it in with his left.
    • 43' WHAT A SAVE BY FABRICIO! Brilliant diagonal run from Ronaldo to spring the offside trap, clean through but Fabricio flies out like Schmeichel to bat his finish inches wide! Ronaldo can't believe it!
    • 42' Madrid counter attack and Higuain is in but he gets his volley all wrong at the far post, high and wide! Cracking match this!
    • 41' OFF THE BAR BY SALVA SEVILLA! What an effort, Casillas fooled by the flight of the ball and unable to keep it out - the bar did though.
    • 39' Betis playing it about nicely, Nacho with a superb flick, Casto is in, he beats Ramos but then slips and Ramos is able to stick out a boot to clear!
    • 24' GOAL MADRID! Cracking finish from Higuain!
    • 15' Monteiro with a superb take, run and pass and Castro is in, quick feet from the Betis man to leave Khedira for dead and he could be in as he twists and turns but lobs Casillas over the bar!
    • 9' GOAL BETIS! Molina rams it into the roof of the net after a sweeping counter slices Madrid apart! Great play by Castro to take down a high ball and slip it inside to Molina, and a fine finish. Clap clap! Started by a Nacho run down the left.
    • 3' Good low save by Fabricio after Ronaldo races in to fire a typical low drive! Great play by Kaka in the build-up!
    • 20:57 The Betis team is: Fabrizio; Nelson, Paulao, Dorado, Nacho; Salva, Iriney, Benat; Castro, Molina, Montero
    • 20:55 The Real Madrid team tonight is: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Khedira, Xabi Alonso; Kaká, Özil, Cristiano Ronaldo; Higuaín.

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    Manager: Pepe Mel

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    Manager: José Mourinho

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