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The Financial Express

Real Madrid lose at Betis to hand top spot back to Barca

Published: March 09, 2020 13:13:15 | Updated: March 12, 2020 11:51:05


Real Betis' Cristian Tello scores their second goal against Real Madrid on Sunday — Reuters photo Real Betis' Cristian Tello scores their second goal against Real Madrid on Sunday — Reuters photo

Real Madrid failed to build on last week’s ‘Clasico’ victory as they lost 2-1 at Real Betis in a fiery match on Sunday and surrendered top spot in La Liga to Barcelona.

Former Barca forward Cristian Tello grabbed the decisive late goal that saw his old team regain the lead in the see-saw title race.

Real are now second on 56 points after 27 games, two behind Barca who beat Real Sociedad 1-0 on Saturday to regain first place a week after losing 2-0 at the Bernabeu, reports Reuters.

Betis had gone ahead in the 40th minute after a moment of confusion as they appealed for a penalty when Sergio Ramos collided into Nabil Fekir but the loose ball landed at the feet of defender Sidnei who rifled it into the roof of the net.

The Brazilian’s joy was cut short when he was penalised for tripping Marcelo in the area and Karim Benzema converted from the spot, his first goal in seven matches in all competitions.

Betis captain Joaquin missed an open goal in the second half and Real defender Ferland Mendy hammered a shot against the bar but Tello decided an end-to-end game in the 82nd minute, keeping his composure to beat Thibaut Courtois and find the net.

His goal ensured a third defeat in four matches in all competitions for Madrid, who had also lost their last away game against Levante and were beaten in the Champions League by Manchester City last month.

“The result is fair and we have to take a hard look at ourselves, we did not play well at all,” said Real captain Sergio Ramos.

 

 

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