They remain fourth, a huge 17 points behind leaders Barcelona. However, this was their fourth win in five league outings, and they are back to within a point of third-placed Valencia with a game in hand to come at Leganes in midweek. "It was an end to end game, a bit crazy, but I like that. It shows that we had a proper opponent," said Zidane. "Betis were fantastic and controlled the last half-hour of the first half. But I'm happy in the end, and I prefer to focus on the five goals we scored rather than the three we let in."
RESULT: Real Betis 3-5 Real Madrid. A thriller at Benito Villamarin saw Real Madrid claim all three points after trailing 2-1 at half-time. What an advert for La Liga! BLOG: https://t.co/Qm0VKXiYKX pic.twitter.com/aD9fZ319fA— Sky Sports LaLiga (@SkyRevista) February 18, 2018
Asensio had come off the bench to set up the two late goals that allowed Real to beat PSG and he was rewarded with a start on Sunday in Seville, while Gareth Bale also came in as the likes of Benzema and Luka Modric dropped to the bench. Asensio duly headed Madrid into an 11th-minute lead after Antonio Adan had saved a Ronaldo shot, but Betis had won when the sides last met at the Santiago Bernabeu and they hit back brilliantly.
3⃣ Three points ❓ @MarceloM12's injury ⚽ @Cristiano's performance ✌ @marcoasensio10's double Read what Zidane had to say in his post-match press conference! ? https://t.co/KSwk5twGjj pic.twitter.com/Ky39k29sd0— Real Madrid C.F.???? (@realmadriden) February 18, 2018
Loren and Joaquin, the latter from a free-kick, both came close before Aissa Mandi headed in a Joaquin cross to make it 1-1 in the 33rd minute. It was 2-1 shortly after, as visiting defender Nacho could only help a Junior shot into his own net, and the home fans in the crowd of over 53,000 erupted. Real also saw Marcelo limp off in the first half, a potentially worrying sign ahead of the PSG second leg, and Zidane confirmed the Brazilian would find out the extent of his injury on Monday.
RECORD: Real Madrid are the first team to score 6000 goals in La Liga. Marco Asensio the scorer. pic.twitter.com/e1oZN7KYHa— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 18, 2018
Betis may lack the consistency to properly contest a European place, but they do provide entertainment, and Cristian Tello set up fellow substitute Sergio Leon to make it 4-3 late on. Benzema, on from the bench, completed the scoring at the death with a goal that will boost his confidence. Earlier, Kevin Gameiro came off the bench in the second half to score one goal and make another for Diego Costa as second-placed Atletico Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0.
Cristiano Ronaldo's game by numbers vs. Real Betis: 22 touches 11 (92%) passes completed 5 shots 4 shots on target 2 take-ons completed 1 goal 1 chance created Not bad. pic.twitter.com/olvGwCrvU5— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 18, 2018