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Carvajal wonder goal seals victory at the Benito Villamarín

MATCH REPORT. 28/08/2021. Alberto Navarro. Photographer: Víctor Carretero

The full-back's solitary strike was enough to secure all three points ahead of the international breaks, to make it two wins and a draw so far.

Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid side showed no let-up in their third consecutive game on the road, picking up all three points at the Benito Villamarín ahead of the international break to make it two wins and a draw so far. Our team put on a fine second-half display, playing at a relentless pace which yielded just rewards when Dani Carvajal's beautiful volley found the back of the net with 60 minutes gone. A solid defensive effort, just as the Italian coach had asked of his charges, was enough to send the Whites provisionally top of the table.

The first half finished goalless, despite several chances inside the opening fifteen minutes. The first fell to the visitors when Vinicius Jr. stole the ball in the middle of the park and linked up with Benzema on 5’, before laying it back to the Frenchman who just failed to find the target. Real Madrid tried their luck again two minutes later but Militão's volley from a set-piece ended up in Rui Silva's gloves. Betis responded through a sweet Fekir free-kick but Courtois produced a sublime save to keep him out. The final dangerous move of the opening 45 minutes went the way of Ancelotti's menCarvajal's cross-shot on 36’ nearly caught the hosts' goalkeeper out but he reacted well to turn it behind for a corner.

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The second half saw a real change of pace imposed by Real Madrid, pressing high up and pegging Betis back in their own half. The reward the team's efforts merited did arrive right on the hour mark, and it was quite some strike. Benzema crossed to the back stick, where Carvajal popped up to open the scoring with a sweetly-struck volley with the inside of his right foot. The hosts then stepped it up in search of the equaliser and Ancelotti opted for a double change six minutes later, sending on Asensio and Lucas Vázquez in place of Bale and Isco. The Balearic Islands-born forward had a good chance to double the lead with 73 minutes gone when he won the ball back in opposition territory and drove forward to the edge of the box, where he unleashed a fine drive which flew just wide of the mark.

Clean sheet
From that point to the end, our team's superb defensive display did the rest. Just as Ancelotti had called for in the pre-match press conference, his players barely allowed the hosts a sniff, going on to keep a clean sheet for the first time this campaign. Football now heads into the international break and LaLiga will return at home against Celta on Saturday, 11 September at 4:15pm CEST.

21-GAME UNBEATEN RUN IN LALIGA

Following the win over Betis at the Benito Villamarín, our team extend their unbeaten run in the league to 21 games: 15 wins and 6 draws.

THE INTERNATIONAL BREAK IS COMING UP

After the opening three LaLiga games, which Real Madrid have played all on the road, the team have a record of two wins and a draw heading into the international break. The next league came comes at home against Celta on Saturday 11 September (4:15pm CEST).

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The referee

Hernández Hernández (Las Palmas Committee), assisted on the sidelines by Naranjo Pérez and Sánchez Rojo. García Gómez was the fourth official, while Martínez Munuera (Valencia Committee) was the VAR referee.

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