Real Betis 3-5 Real Madrid: Player Ratings
A La Liga classic saw Real Madrid come from behind and beat Real Betis 3-5 at the Villamarin.
After the high of beating PSG in midweek, Real Madrid travelled to face a stern test against Quique Setién’s Real Betis. In a thrilling encounter, Madrid won 5-3 on the night with Marco Asensio scoring an all-important brace. It could have gone wrong for the champions who were 2-1 behind at halftime.
After Asensio had scored the opening goal, Aissa Mandi and a Nacho own goal pegged Madrid back. Sergio Ramos then scored the equalizer and the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Marco Asensio got onto the act. Sergio Leon scored Betis' third but Karim Benzema scored Madrid's fifth right at the death and confirmed all three points for the visitors.
So without further ado, let's take a look at the player ratings from a La Liga classic between Real Madrid and Real Betis:
Antonio Adan: 3/10
Conceding five in a game is never a pleasant sight for a goalkeeper. Adan had that displeasure against Madrid. Although he made a couple of decent saves on the night, the custodian should have done better for the first goal where he parried Ronaldo's shot straight to Asensio. For the fourth goal, Ronaldo's shot went straight through Adan and he was expected to do much better than that.
Junior Firpo: 7/10
The wing-back was a constant threat on the right flank and had a hand in two goals. Junior scored one and had a major hand in another where his shot was saved by Navas and then was bundled back in his own net by Nacho.
Jordi Amat: 5/10
The former Swansea defender looked a bit off the pace against Real Madrid's pace and could have done better against Sergio Ramos for Madrid's second goal.
Marc Bartra: 5/10
Bartra started many of Betis' attacks from the back and looked comfortable in possession. But he was found wanting on numerous occasions and did not do his primary job well.
Aissa Mandi: 7/10
The centre-back was the home side's best defender on the night. With a 100% passing accuracy, Mandi was brilliant in possession and also stood his ground in his duels. He also scored Betis' opener getting on the end of a Joaquin cross.
Antonio Barragan: 4/10
Up against Asensio, Barragan needed to be at his best defensively. Sadly, he did not bring his A-game to the table against the youngster and was beaten badly. The left fullback lost as many as eight duels on the night.
Real Betis' midfield outran their opponents during the majority of the time. Fabian was at the forefront of it and unlocked Madrid's defence successively. He also attempted 2 shots on Madrid's goal but did not succeed in finding the back of the net.
Andres Guardado: 7/10
Guardado's long balls caught the eye in this game. Be it changing the flanks or playing a ball over the Madrid defence, the midfielder did it with aplomb. He also attempted an audacious lob from the halfway line which landed on the roof of the net.
Ryad Boudebouz: 7/10
Boudebouz was proving to be too tricky to handle for the Madrid midfield. He was passing the ball well and getting in the channels to trouble the visitors. He completed all his dribbles on the night and won his individual battle against Casemiro.
Loren Moron: 5/10
The forward had a bright first half where one of his shot from long range had Navas worried. But Moron faded as the game went on and also received a booking in the second interval.
The Betis hero was again crucial in all of the hosts' good work going forward. His pinpoint cross led to the first goal from Mandi and it was his deft pass which put Junior one on one with the keeper for Nacho's own goal. A constant threat for the Meringues!
Javi Garcia: 5/10
Garcia replaced Amat and played the final quarter of the match. He steadied the ship for Betis but could have marked Benzema better for the fifth and final blow to the home side.
Sergio Leon: 8/10
Leon took just nine touches of the ball after coming on in the 81st minute. He scored one goal from those nine touches and had momentarily brought Betis back into the game.
Cristian Tello: 5/10
The former Barcelona winger arrived along with Leon but could not create the same impact as that of his teammate.