All square against Betis

MATCH REPORT. 24/04/2021. Alberto Navarro. Photographer: Antonio Villalba and Helios de la Rubia

Real Madrid went search of a goal until the end but failed to take the three points at the Di Stéfano.

Real Madrid drew with Betis at the Di Stéfano. The team gave it their all until the final whistle but drew a blank in a high-intensity game which saw them enjoy the best chance of the first half. Benzema picked up the ball on the edge of the box, cut inside the defender and unleashed a powerful drive on 26 minutes but Claudio Bravo's diving stop kept it out.

The game changed following the half-time break and there was an increasing number of chances at both ends. Asensio was first to try his luck with 53 minutes gone but his long-range effort ended up in Bravo's gloves. Two minutes later, Rodrygo's cross-come-shot rattled the bar. Betis reacted and Guido Rodríguez worked his way into the box with a superb piece of skill but his shot was stopped by Courtois on 60’. Borja Iglesias then enjoyed an even better chance when through one-on-one five minutes later but the hosts' goalkeeper read the situation superbly.

From that point on, the home side began to dominate, enjoying two good chances to open the scoring from the edge of the area through Modrić and Casemiro on 66' and 74' respectively. Bravo was forced into a save from the first effort and the second struck the crossbar.

In the 81st minute, Real Madrid had a big shout for a penalty after Militão's header from a corner struck Miranda's hand. Zidane's side have now gone 17 games unbeaten and haven't conceded a goal in the last four. The focus now switches to the first leg of the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea (Tuesday 9pm CEST).


Eden Hazard made his return from injury for Real Madrid, coming off the bench at the Alfredo Di Stéfano with 77 minutes gone to replace Asensio.


Real Madrid are now unbeaten in their last 17 games. The run began on the 6th of February against Huesca and Zidane's men have won 12 of those games.




The referee

Estrada Fernández (Catalan Committee), assisted by Porras Ayuso and Villate Martínez. Ávalos Martos was the fourth official, while González González (Castile-Leon Committee) was the VAR referee.