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First Division - Day 20

Betis 0 - Real Madrid 5

Betis: Andersen; Chica, Paulao, Amaya, Didac; Lolo Reyes (Caro 78’), Matilla, Salva Sevilla (Juanfran 62’); Leo Baptistao, Jorge Molina, Rubén Castro (Vadillo 55’). 4-3-3.
Madrid: Diego López; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (Nacho 72’), Pepe, Marcelo; Modric, Xabi Alonso, Di María (Illarramendi 68‘); Bale, Benzema (Morata 76’), Ronaldo. 4-3-3.

0-1. 11. Ronaldo. Picked up ball outside area and fired powerful shot past keeper.
0-2. 25. Bale. Curled free kick over defensive wall inside Andersen’s near post.
0-3. 45. Benzema. Fired low shot wide of keeper after Modric laid the ball back.
0-4. 61. Di María. Struck long shot past keeper after Modric corner headed clear.
0-5. 90. Morata. Turned shot past keeper after Ronaldo played over Marcelo cross.

Yellow cards: Sergio Ramos 18’, Salva Sevilla 26’, Vadillo 73’, Chica 77’.

Real Madrid threw down the gauntlet to Barcelona and Atlético prior to their games on Sunday, Ancelotti’s side thrashing bottom club Betis 0-5 on Saturday afternoon to move level on points with the two leaders. Ronaldo started things off in the eleventh minute with an impressive shot from outside of the area (later timed at 113 kph) which left Andersen looking on, and the Danish keeper was also stationary a quarter of an hour later when Bale curled a free kick in to the net from right of the area. Only new signing Baptistao caused any problems for the visiting defence, and with the first half coming to an end Modric left three players behind with a quick change of direction before setting up Benzema for the third. Ronaldo fired a couple of shots wide after the restart, and Andersen did well to keep out the Portuguese forward and Benzema, but with just over an hour on the clock Di María drilled home a long fourth after a defender headed away Modric’s corner. Paulao and Molina did try their luck for the locals, but substitute Morata completed the scoring after Ronaldo’s attempted overhead kick fell kindly to him, and the local fans (who always wanted Pepe Mel to stay) called for the head of new coach Juan Carlos Garrido after the final whistle.