Liga: in rehearsal before the C1 final, Real Madrid is held in check by Real Betis


One week before the Champions League final, Real Madrid take a point against Real Betis (0-0), which secures 5th place in the standings, qualifying for the Europa League.

Already crowned champion of Spain less than a month ago, Real Madrid received Real Betis, winner of the Copa del Rey but absent from the next Champions League after spending more than half of the season in the top 4. The Merengues took advantage of this 38th and last day of La Liga to prepare for their C1 final against Liverpool next weekend. For their part, the Verdiblancos could temporarily return to equality with their eternal rival, Sevilla FC, without however overtaking them because of the particular difference, favorable to the Blanquirrojos (2 wins 2-0 and 2-1).

For this last deadline in the championship, Carlo Ancelotti and Manuel Pellegrini both offered their eleven types. The Argentinian technician lined up Karim Benzema at the forefront of the attack in front of the usual trio Kross-Casemiro-Modric. As for the Argentinian, he trusted his Frenchman Nabil Fekir in the heart of the game and the former Bordeaux player Youssouf Sabaly on the right of the defense. The two formations did not put much intensity in the first period, only accelerating the game on the counter, whether it was Fekir on the Andalusian side or Vincius in the Madrid camp.

Marcelo’s der

After the quarter of an hour, the Brazilian striker Willian José, on loan from Real Sociedad, was not far from deceiving Thibaut Courtois, but his low shot shaved the right post of the Belgian (19th). Behind, little accuracy in the transmissions on both sides, slowing down the pace of play of the meeting. Casemiro was also very close to shaking the nets of Rui Silva, who saw his shot graze the left wood (44th). At the break, the goalless draw perfectly represented the scenario of the first act… After the break, Real Madrid tried to offer better offensives through another Brazilian, Vinicius Jr, very restless on his lane left.

Present on the rebound after the recovery of Benzema saved by Silva, Rodrygo missed the opportunity to open the scoring, very embarrassed by the return of Marc Bartra (50th). The Frenchman, almost sure of finishing top scorer in the championship, also had his chance to unlock the mark, defeated by the fine outing of the Sevillian goalkeeper (83rd). In this meeting without real stake, Ancelotti brought in Marcelo (546th) and Isco (352nd) for what was their last match with the White House. With this parity score, Real Madrid ends its season in the league with only 4 defeats before flying to the Stade de France. Real Betis are sure to finish the 2021/2022 financial year in 5th place in the standings.

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