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Real Betis 2-3 Real Madrid: La Liga champions win five-goal thriller

Sergio Ramos is the third player in La Liga history to score in 17 consecutive seasons, after Agustin Gainza (19) and Carlos Alonso (17)

Real Madrid won a five-goal thriller with Real Betis in La Liga as the video assistant referee took centre stage.

Federico Valverde put Madrid ahead from close range but Aissa Mandi – with a header – and William Carvalho scored two quickfire goals as Betis led.

Madrid were level early in the second half through an own goal by Emerson, who was later sent off by the VAR for a professional foul on Luka Modric.

Sergio Ramos scored the winner with a chipped penalty.

There was a long VAR check for both those decisions, with the penalty disputed because Betis’ Marc Bartra was penalised for a handball as he put his arms out, falling under pressure from Borja Mayoral.

That was Real Madrid’s first win of their title defence, after a 0-0 draw with Real Valladolid last weekend.

Barcelona start their season at home to Villarreal on Sunday.


Real Betis

  • 1Robles
  • 22Leite de Souza JuniorBooked at 67mins
  • 23MandiBooked at 90mins
  • 5BartraBooked at 81mins
  • 15Moreno Lopera
  • 21RodríguezBooked at 40mins
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 17Sánchez RodríguezSubstituted forTelloat 63′minutes
  • 8FekirSubstituted forMorónat 73′minutes
  • 10CanalesBooked at 84mins
  • 19SanabriaSubstituted forMontoyaat 69′minutes


  • 2Montoya
  • 4Akouokou
  • 6Ruiz
  • 7Juanmi
  • 9Iglesias
  • 11Tello
  • 12da Silva Júnior
  • 16Morón
  • 24Ruibal
  • 30Rebollo
  • 32Delgado

Real Madrid

  • 1Courtois
  • 2CarvajalBooked at 42mins
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 23Mendy
  • 15Valverde
  • 14Casemiro
  • 21ØdegaardSubstituted forIscoat 45′minutes
  • 8KroosSubstituted forModricat 45+1′minutesBooked at 53mins
  • 18JovicSubstituted forMayoralat 72′minutes
  • 9Benzema


  • 6Nacho
  • 10Modric
  • 13Lunin
  • 16Mayoral
  • 17Vázquez
  • 19Odriozola
  • 20Vinícius Júnior
  • 22Isco
  • 26Altube
  • 27Rodrygo

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