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1-6: Real Madrid put on an exhibition at the Benito Villamarín


REPORT | 15/10/2016 | Alberto Navarro (Sevilla) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Helios de la Rubia

Varane, Benzema, Marcelo, Cristiano Ronaldo and Isco twice, were the goal scorers for the Whites.
  • La Liga
  • Matchday 8
  • Sat, 15 Oct
Benito Villamarín
Real Madrid recorded a convincing win over Betis in a match that was over before half time to keep their place as joint league leaders. The visitors wasted no time in going one up. Zidane had made it clear in the pre-match press conference that his team must “start games strongly and give their opponents no chance to play". Said, and done. With the game barely underway, Kroos sent a free-kick on to the head of Varane, who guided the ball into the back of the net.

There were only four minutes of the match gone and in the remaining 11 before the quarter-hour mark the Whites could have increased the deficit further. In fact, Cristiano Ronaldo came close to scoring in the 6th minute following Isco's cross but his back-post shot flew inches wide. Bale then had an even clearer opportunity with 15 minutes gone but his diving header from Marcello's fantastic cross could only find the post. 
Benzema scores
It was already becoming a thrilling, end to end clash. Betis, driven on by their fans, pushed on perhaps too much in search of an equaliser but the Whites nipped any glimmer of a response in the bud with just over half an hour gone. Kroos took advantage of a mistake by Joaquín, carried the ball towards the area and laid on a pass for Benzema. The Frenchman did the rest. He fooled Adán with a feint to pass, before rolling the ball into the net. The French striker has now scored in his last six games against Betis.


The final quarter of an hour was a masterpiece from the visitors. Marcelo scored, which capped off a fine return for him following his injury. Benzema fired in and hit the Brazilian, who made the most of the opportunity to score in the 39th. Just as it looked like that was to be the score going into the break-the fourth arrived. The counter-attack was spectacular, the kind that should be taught in any footballing school. Benzema combined with Cristiano Ronaldo, who then linked with Pepe after it had been him who launched the counter, and when he looked like he was going to shoot he shocked everyone to tee up Isco, who buried the ball into an open net in the 45th.

Betis reduced the deficit, coming out a lot stronger after the break. Cejudo beat Keylor Navas in a one-on-one after a great team effort in the 55th. The home joy was short-lived though. Isco needed just seven minutes to create a true work of art. The Spanish international picked up the ball on the edge of the box, lifted his head and curled a wonderful shot into the goal, leaving Adán helpless.

Ronaldo adds the finishing touch
Real Madrid continued to dominate and Adán kept the scores down thanks to two saves in quick succession, much to his credit. In the first instance he got enough of a touch on the ball to stop Benzema from scoring and in the second stopped the Frenchman with a strong arm in a one-on-one in the 71’. The Betis goalkeeper was unable to keep out the sixth however. Cristiano Ronaldo got a much deserved goal, after linking up brilliantly with Morata and showing great composure in the 79th minute. With this goal fest put to bed they now turn their attentions to the Champions League on Tuesday, where Legia Warszawa await.