La Liga 2017/18: Real Madrid 0-1 Real Betis, 5 Talking Points
Real Madrid endured a disastrous night at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as Los Blancos were sucker-punched by an injury-time winner to lose 1-0 to Real Betis. The result leaves Madrid 7 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race, with Madrid in 7th place in the table.
Zinedine Zidane's side goalscoring run came to an end, as Betis also managed a shutout, with Madrid now equalling Santos on 73 consecutive competitive games. After the entirety of the game where Madrid threw the kitchen sink at Antonio Adan in the Betis goal, Antonio Sanabria scored the winner with a header in the 94th minute of the game to silence the Bernabeu.
Here are the major talking points from the game.
#1 Cristiano Ronaldo's nightmare return
Ahead of the game, all eyes were on Ronaldo as he made his return to the Real Madrid side to play his first La Liga game of the season. The Portuguese star is always one for the numbers, especially when it comes to goals, and with Lionel Messi fresh of his four-goal salvo against Eibar, there was only one thing on Ronaldo's mind tonight.
Ultimately, it was to the detriment of Real Madrid - Ronaldo had 7 shots at goal at the end of the first half, but had only completed 8 passes in the same 45 minutes. The 'selfish' term has been unfairly bandied about at Ronaldo previously, but there was hint of truth to it tonight.
However, you write Ronaldo off at your own peril, and while it was not the dreamlike return the Portuguese star would have envisaged, this game will only serve the fuel the hunger within him to succeed. Lionel Messi may be 9 goals ahead, Barcelona may be 7 points clear, but you write Ronaldo and Real Madrid off at your own peril.