Real Madrid vs. Real Betis: La Liga Live Score, Highlights and Recap
A much changed Real Madrid beat Real Betis 3-1 ahead of their Champions League semifinal against Borussia Dortmund in midweek.
Mesut Ozil opened the scoring just before half time at the Bernabeu, finishing calmly following a one-two with Karim Benzema.
Benzema himself added the second, applying the finish to a Los Blancos counter attack which involved Ozil and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Betis pulled one back from the penalty spot through Jorge Molina and could have equalized, only for Ruben Castro hit the bar.
But it was Ozil who wrapped it up, adding Madrid's third and his second in stoppage time.
La Liga: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (Spain) Noon ET, 18:00 CET
Real Madrid 3-1 Real Betis (Ozil 2, Benzema - Molina) (2nd half)
Real Madrid: Diego Lopez; Nacho Fernandez, Raul Albiol, Ricardo Carvalho, Marcelo (Raphael Varane); Carlos Casemiro,Luka Modric (Pepe); Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Jose Callejon; Karim Benzema (Gonzalo Higuain)
Substitutes: Iker Casillas; Kaká, Angel Di Maria, Alvaro Morata
Real Betis: Adrian; Javier Chica, Antonio Amaya, Paulao, Alex Martínez; Jose Canas (Ruben Perez), Benat Etxebarria; Joel Campbell (Alvaro Vadillo), Dorlan Pabon, Nosa Igiebor (Jorge Molina); Ruben Castro
Substitutes: Casto; Angel, Damien Perquis, Salva Sevilla
Real Madrid 3-1 Real Betis
93 - It could have been four
Pepe shoots just wide from all of 30 yards and then Higuain misses the target when well placed.
90 - Ozil finishes it off!
First of all Ronaldo goes close, shifting onto his right before shooting straight at Adrian. In the very next attack though, Los Blancos score. Ronaldo crosses to Callejon who's shot results in a simple tap in for Mesut Ozil.
GOOOOOOOOOL DE MADRID!
89 - How don't Real Betis score?
First of all Ruben Castro hits the bar from six yards after taking advantage of hesitant defending, then Albiol clears Pabon's follow up off the line. They really should have scored.
86 - Chance for Betis
The ball is pulled back to Dorlan Pabon who's first time strike looks goal bound, only for Raul Albiol to put in an outstanding block.
83 - Ronaldo makes room for a shot...
....but it is well blocked by Paulao and Betis - temporarily - clear their lines.
80 - Real Betis corner
Chica delivers a wonderful cross from the right wing, which Raul Albiol does well to bundle behind for a corner kick. It's wasted though.
77 - Real Madrid free kick
Cristiano Ronaldo tries one of his dipping set pieces from about 30 yards, Adrian punches it clear dramatically though.
73 - Real Madrid substitution
Karim Benzema is replaced by Gonzalo Higuain.
72 - PENALTY TO BETIS...
Jorge Molina steps up to take it for Real Betis and...GOAL! Great penalty.
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69 - Pabon goes closer this time
Dorlan Pabon again shoots from 25 yards. This time it nicks of a Madrid defender and Lopez makes an easy save.
67 - Real Betis substitution
Jose Canas is replaced by Ruben Perez - a midfielder on loan from Atletico Madrid.
67 - Pabon tries his luck from distance
The Parma loanee runs at the Madrid defense from the half way line before unleashing a shot from 25 yards. It flies wide though.
65 - Callejon delays his shot
Modric again leads an incisive break, plays the ball to Ronaldo who cuts it back for Callejon. He delays his shot though and the chance is gone.
62 - Real Madrid substitution
Luka Modric, after Marcelo in the first half, has picked up a knock and will be replaced by Pepe.
GOOOOOOOOOL DE MADRID!
52 - Molina heads straight at Lopez
Jorge Molina, surrounded by three white shirts, wins a header at the far post from a corner, but Diego Lopez comfortably claims the loose ball.
50 - Quiet opening to the second half
That goal just before half time seems to have taken a bit of life out of the game at the start of the second half. Bar a long range effort from Benat it's been a subdued opening to this 45 minutes.
46 - Real Betis substitution
Jorge Molina has replaced last weekend's hero Nosa - he scored the last minute equalizer against Sevilla in the 3-3 draw.
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