Jude Bellingham’s league-high 12th goal of the season was negated by Aitor Ruibal’s outstanding strike on Saturday, as Real Madrid stuttered to a 1-1 draw at Real Betis.
Supervisors Jude Bellingham’s league-leading 12th goal of the season was negated by Aitor Ruibal’s outstanding goal as Real Madrid staggered to a 1-1 draw at Real Betis on Saturday. Bellingham and Brahim Diaz combined masterfully to put Madrid up at the Benito Villamarin early in the second half. However, Ruibal scored a point for Betis and extended their winning streak in La Liga to 11 games with an angled goal from outside the box that found the top corner.
Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti stated, “It was a good game, competitive and even, the result is a fair one.” “I’m satisfied because you’re not always going to be able to win every game.”
Madrid moved one point clear of Girona, but if the unexpected contenders defeat Barcelona in a Catalan derby on Sunday, they might lose first place. After an excellent exchange between Bellingham and Rodrygo on minute sixteen, Diaz converted from close range, giving the visitors the impression that they had grabbed the lead.
Bellingham backheeled the ball in the direction of Rodrygo, who slid it between a defender’s knees. Diaz had a tap-in after a clearance effort ricocheted off Rodrygo, but the Brazilian was offside throughout the build-up. Betis, attempting to win the league at home for the fifth time in a row, had two near calls. First, Ayoze Perez’s attempt was superbly stopped by Andriy Lunin, and then Willian Jose’s strike flew just wide of the far post.
Luka Modric’s long-range effort was denied by Betis goalkeeper Rui Silva, but he was unable to prevent Bellingham from breaking the tie eight minutes after the break.
Deep in Betis territory, the England midfielder regained the ball close to the touchline. He found Diaz, who raced into the box and stroked past Silva after chesting down the scooped back pass.
Ruibal was given much too much time and space before he blasted home from 20 meters, giving Madrid their first league goal in two and a half years. The lead only lasted 13 minutes. Isco, a former attacker for Real Madrid, came dangerously close to ruining his old team as he headed against the post as both teams pressed for the win.
At the other end in stoppage time, Joselu dribbled an attempt agonizingly wide before Lunin, with the final touch of the game, knocked over center-back Chadi Riad’s header. Manuel Pellegrini, the coach of Betis, stated, “I think we deserved the three points, but nobody can say it’s a bad point against Real Madrid.”
Kirian Rodriguez’s goal lifted Las Palmas back up to seventh place as they triumphed 1-0 at Alaves, continuing their impressive record upon their return to the top division.
If Barcelona defeats Girona on Sunday, they might close the deficit with Madrid to two points. Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid will try to go better after losing at Montjuic last weekend when they take on bottom club Almeria.