Real Betis 3-5 Real Madrid - 5 Talking Points
Scoreline: Real Betis 3-5 Real Madrid
Goalscorers: Marco Asensio 11' and 59', Aissa Mandi (33) Nacho (37' OG), Sergio Ramos 50', Cristiano Ronaldo 65', Sergio Leon 85' Karim Benzema 92'.
Real Madrid delivered a good account of their season so far in the manner of an 8 goal thriller against Qique Setien's men as they fought back against a determined opposition to secure all three points.
It was Real Madrid that took the lead in the game after Asensio rebounded home after Ronaldo's first-time shot was parried by Antonio Adan. The goals started pouring in after that as Betis took the game to Madrid.
They scored twice as the Blancos went into the break trailing. But Betis, perceivably, lost their steam in the second half as Zidane's men ran riot and scored 3 inside 15 minutes to make themselves comfortable again. But when Leon pulled one back for Betis in the 85th minute, the game was suddenly forced into a place of nerves.
But the unlikely Karim Benzema finished things off in the 92nd minute and put the game to bed.
Here are the 5 talking points from the game.
#5 Mixed bag Madrid show why they are where they are
Toni Kroos, who picked up a knee injury was missing from the squad and Zidane decided to give Luka Modric a well-deserved day off as Casemiro and Kovacic tried to pull the strings in midfield.
Though Madrid started off well, Betis' resurgence following the opener often proved to be too hot to handle for Los Blancos. They were getting overrun in midfield and the stands at the Villamarin were buzzing with excitement.
Casemiro and Carvajal looked indifferent for the greater part of the first half before growing into the game and grabbing it by the scruff of its neck in the second as both players notched up an assist each. Kovacic was also proactive after Madrid were condemned to trail their opponents in the first half.
The Real Madrid defence is still a source of worry and they will argue that the second goal, which was sent in by Nacho, could have been avoided.
Though they exercised greater control over the game in the second half, Ronaldo and co. let Betis peg one back and set the game up for an intense finale.
But then Benzema decided it looked like a good time to score that rare goal of his and that was that.
Another mightily disappointing factor was Gareth Bale looking as uninvolved as a scarecrow in a paddy field. Real Madrid have let in 26 goals in 23 games and that's more than twice compared to what their rivals Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona have let in so far this season and it is simply not acceptable coming from a team that's trying to keep up with the very best in the business.