Real Betis v Real Madrid – story of the match
Madrid turn on the power to reach a LaLiga goals milestone.
Real Madrid staged a storming second-half comeback to beat Real Betis 5-3 in an eight-goal LaLiga thriller.
Marco Asensio (2), Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema were on target as the Spanish champions recovered from a 2-1 interval deficit to avenge their Bernabeu defeat to Betis in September.
Aissa Mandi and a Nacho own goal saw Betis’ first-half superiority rewarded, before Sergio Leon gave the hosts late hope until substitute Benzema struck in stoppage time.
Tweet of the match
Star man – Marco Asensio
🏁 FP: @RealBetis 3-5 #RealMadrid (Mandi 33', Nacho (og) 37', Sergio León 85'; @marcoasensio10 11', 59', @SergioRamos 50', @Cristiano 65', @Benzema 90'+2').#Emirates | #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/6qWcwiLBpj— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) February 18, 2018
The young Spanish midfielder is not always in the Real Madrid starting line-up, but he proved the difference on this occasion. Excellent in possession and two classy finishes, the first a firm header when he was alert to a rebound and the second a sure sidefoot which had the necessary power and direction.
Moment of the match
There were almost too many to recall in an incident-packed match, but Sergio Ramos’ thundering header changed the course of the contest at 2-2 and paved the way for Real Madrid to take control.
6000 - Real Madrid are the first team in La Liga history to reach 6000 goals in the competition. Milestone. pic.twitter.com/CqWvKWaiMz— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 18, 2018
Real Madrid reached a LaLiga milestone when Marco Asensio scored their third goal against Betis.
Real Betis: Antonio Adan 6 (out of 10); Antonio Barragan 6, Aissa Mandi 7, Marc Bartra 6, Jordi Amat 5, Junior Firpo 7, Fabian 6, Andres Guardado 6, Joaquin 8, Ryad Boudebouz 7, Lorenzo Moron 7. Subs: Javi Garcia (for Amat, 75) 6, Cristian Tello (for Guardado, 81) 6, Sergio Leon (for Boudebouz, 81) 7.
Real Madrid: Keylor Navas 7, Dani Carvajal 7, Nacho 6, Sergio Ramos 7, Marcelo 6, Lucas Vasquez 7, Casemiro 7, Mateo Kovacic 7, Marco Asensio 8, Gareth Bale 6, Cristiano Ronaldo 7. Subs: Theo Hernandez (for Marcelo, 30) 6, Isco (for Bale, 73) 6, Karim Benzema (for Ronaldo, 89) 7.
Who’s up next?
Leganes v Real Madrid (LaLiga, February 21)
Levante v Real Betis (LaLiga, February 26)