First Division - Day 23

Real Madrid 0 - Betis 0

Madrid: Casillas; Sergio Ramos (Marcelo 73'), Cannavaro, Iván Helguera, Miguel Torres; Gago (Raúl 46'), Emerson; Beckham, Guti, Robinho (Reyes 61'); Van Nistelrooy. 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Doblas; Ilic (Isidoro 85'), Melli, Nano, Fernando Vega; Miguel Angel, Juande; Pancraté, Capi (Rivera 46'), Fernando; Sobis (Robert 64'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Madrid: Robinho for Raúl / Betis: Nano, Miguel Angel, Juande, Pancraté, Capi for Rivas, Arzu, Vogel, Marcos Assunçao, Robert.

Goals: None.

Just a few days away from their Champions League clash with Bayern Munich, Real Madrid are still struggling to find their form. And once again they failed to score after being held to a 0-0 draw in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium by Betis.

The locals were limited to long shots in the first half, in particular from Ramos and Van Nistelrooy. Their opponents had to put out a depleted side due to a string of injuries, and Luis Fernández gave a first start to youngster Juande, who was lucky not to be sent off in the tenth minute when he caught Robinho with an elbow having already been shown one yellow card. Even so the visitors had the better chances before the break, Casillas called into action to save from Nano and Pancraté.

Capello brought on Raúl for Gago at the interval, and Van Nistelrooy almost gave his side the lead when he turned a Beckham centre on to the crossbar. But Nano hit the post at the other end a few minutes later, and Casillas once again did well to keep out Rivera and Robert amongst others.

To top things off David Beckham got himself sent off in the last minute after a rash tackle on Isidoro just seconds after referee Muñiz Fernández had turned down his penalty appeal. The white hankies were out once again, and Capello knows that only a victory against Bayern will keep him in a job. The only glimmer of hope is that the German side are going through a worse crisis than Madrid!