MATCH CENTRE

SUN 18 AUGUST 2013, 21:00, SANTIAGO BERNABEU

2
VS
1

Isco Hands Madrid Win

by Staff Reporter

Sun August 18, 23:52

A late goal from debutant  Isco handed Reald Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti their first win of the 2013/14 La Liga season after beating Real Betis 2-1 at the Bernabeu on Sunday night.

The game looked to be heading for a draw before a brilliant headed goal from Isco four minutes from time handed Madrid the win.

Madrid had to come from a goal behind after Jorge Molina gave Real Betis the lead in the 14th minute before Karim Benzema equalised for Madrid ten minutes later.

Madrid were not their clinical selves in front of goal on the night, and despite the ball finding the back of the net no less than six times in the match, they had four of those efforts ruled out for being scored while in an offside position.

Cedric Mabwati was the main threat in attack for Real Betis and it was he that created the opening goal in the 14th minute, beating a couple of defenders before squaring for Molina to tap home, 1-0.

Madrid, though, responded quickly as Benzema found the equaliser in the 24th minute with a clinical finish from 12-yards out, 1-1.

Nosa Igiebor nearly restored Real Betis’ lead in the 33rd minute, but he saw his header hit the crossbar and bounce away from danger.

The second 45 saw Madrid find a bit of rhythm and they threatened from the start of the half.

Cristiano Ronaldo was unlucky not to give his side the lead minute after the restart as he saw his shot strike the woodwork from just inside the box.

Nonetheless, Madrid continued to press forward and found the winner four minutes from time after Isco powerfully headed home a Marcelo cross to seal the win, 2-1.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE SANTIAGO BERNABEU
REAL MADRID GOALS REAL BETIS GOALS
9. Karim Benzema (26') 19. Jorge Molina (14')
23. Isco (86')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
REAL MADRID STARTING LINEUP REAL BETIS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
25
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
15
Defender
15
Defender
12
Defender
3
Defender
70'
12
Defender
4
Defender
0
Midfielder
86'
23
Defender
3
Midfielder
50'
19
Midfielder
62'
22
Midfielder
69'
10
Midfielder
29'
5
Midfielder
55'
6
Midfielder
79'
10
Forward/Striker
7
Midfielder
20
Forward/Striker
26'
79'
9
Forward/Striker
14'
19
SUBSTITUTIONS
Carlos Casemiro
Midfielder
55'
26
Juan Carlos Perez Lopez
Midfielder
62'
17
Angel di Maria
Midfielder
69'
22
Alvaro Vadillo
Midfielder
70'
7
Alvaro Morata
Forward/Striker
79'
21
Braian Rodriguez
Forward/Striker
79'
16
CARDS
Luka Modric
Midfielder
50'
19
Javier Matilla
Midfielder
29'
5
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
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