Real Betis 2-1 Real Madrid!

Real Betis 2-1 Real Madrid!

Cristian Tello did former side Barcelona favor with an 82nd-minute winner for Real Betis against Real Madrid in Seville.

Real Madrid missed the chance to return to the highest of the table in LaLiga as they fell to a late 2-1 defeat at Real Betis on Sunday.

Zinedine Zidane's side had climbed to the summit with their Clasico defeat of Barcelona last week, but they slipped back below their bitter rivals after Quique Setien's men triumphed on Saturday and will not reclaim first place following a below-par display in Seville.

Indeed, Madrid would are fortunate to emerge with even a point, as Betis enjoyed the higher of the competition and led through Sidnei, just for the defender to swiftly concede a penalty at the opposite end that Karim Benzema scored.

Former Barca winger Cristian Tello netted with eight minutes remaining, though, and Los Blancos' have now won just one occasion – against the Blaugrana – in their past five matches altogether competitions, with Betis learning their first win in seven top-flight games.

Madrid controlled a low-key opening but only Vinicius Junior's low shot wide threatened Joel Robles' goal, while Marc Bartra should then have headed Betis ahead when a set-piece pinballed his way and therefore the defender missed the target from point-blank range.

The hosts built up a head of steam as Thibaut Courtois produced a robust stop from Nabil Fekir's first-time strike, and Madrid was behind five minutes before half-time.

Fekir appealed for a spot-kick as he seemed to be felled by Casemiro just inside the area, but Sidnei marched onto the loose ball and sent a thunderous drive into the top-right corner.

The visitors were level heading into the break, though, as Sidnei hacked at Marcelo within the middle of the Betis box, prompting a penalty that Benzema coolly tucked away.

Joaquin had a golden chance to revive Betis' lead 10 minutes after the restart, but the veteran looked to square to Sergio Canales instead of finish into an empty net after rounding Courtois on the counter, allowing the recovering Luka Modric to clear.

A rare Madrid foray saw Robles parry clear Modric's effort then watch Ferland Mendy's sublime follow-up bounce away off the crossbar, yet the newest slack piece of play from Zidane's side led to the winner.

Andres Guardado pounced on Benzema's wayward pass and fed substitute Tello to send Courtois the incorrect way, with Betis subsequently holding firm amid considerable late pressure.

What does it mean? Madrid barren of ideas

Zidane's charges may need to be won the Clasico, but Barcelona's Gerard Pique claimed this was the "worst Madrid" he had faced.

The capital club had little by way of response on Sunday as they struggled to interrupt down a side suffering within the bottom half the table.

Fekir the creative force

While Madrid largely lacked a threat within the final third, an equivalent wasn't true of Betis.

Fekir is an inconsistent talent but ran this game sometimes . the house side's best work – including the opening goal – came when the previous Lyon man got involved, either creating openings himself or drawing attention away from others.

Mixed fortunes for Marcelo

The left-back won the penalty that brought Madrid back to the match, but this was a troublesome outing.

Marcelo was given a torrid time by 38-year-old winger Joaquin within the half, and he was then booked for a late challenge shortly before his 59th-minute withdrawal for Mendy.

The substitute will hope to form that position his own in time.

What's next?

Madrid returns home to welcome Eibar on Friday before heading to Manchester City for his or her Champions League second leg. Betis have the derby against Sevilla next during a week.

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