The Blancos prevail at Betis with a right-back goal, which unravels the problem after an hour of play
Ancelotti’s troop suffers more than expected, but returns to success thanks to his senators. In fact, the award-winning company Benzema-Carvajal takes care of Benito Villamarin, with the Frenchman in the role of coach and the full-back in the unusual role of goalscorer after an hour of battle. The Madrid players thus redeem the draw on the previous day and recover at least in part that defensive solidity previously lacked, even if Courtois still has to play his part with a decisive save in the 96th minute. The Blancos reach Valencia, Mallorca and Sevilla at the top while waiting for Atletico, the only one who has the opportunity to still remain at full points.
As expected, Ancelotti hijacks Alaba in the center due to Nacho’s unavailability and draws an obligatory midfield due to the repeated absences of Kroos and Modric. Where the Emilian coach can choose freely is the attack, with Benzema immovable and Vinicius awarded after the three goals scored as a substitute in the first two days. The surprise is the presence of Bale in place of Hazard, who sits on the bench. But in the first 45 ‘the Blancos’ maneuver is slow and predictable, so much so that the only real chance is the one built by Vinicius and Benzema in the 5′, with a right by the Frenchman on the side of nothing. On the contrary, Betis takes over as the minutes go by thanks to the speed of Canales and Fekir, who call for overtime a Courtois who is attentive even in the 41st minute on a poisonous diagonal from Juanmi.
Madrid improves in the second half by raising the pace, verticalizing the maneuver and making more use of the side lanes. The first ring launches Vinicius in the 54th minute, throwing a Gutierrez center to the wind from close range. Carvajal made no mistake in the 61st minute, sending a perfect Benzema cross behind Rui Silva thanks to a perfect right-footed shot. Then Ancelotti inserts fresh forces by inserting Vazquez and Asensio for Isco and Bale, but the defense touches once again the overtime on the pounding pressure of the hosts. In the final Ancelotti also gives space to Rodrygo and Hazard, but the Belgian (except for a left kick rejected by Silva in the 90 ‘) wastes yet another opportunity to show off. While waiting to find the square, at least the three points useful to remain in the upper floors of the ranking are worth.
August 29 – 00:09
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