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Real Madrid cruise 5-0 past woeful Betis

English.news.cn   2014-01-19 08:41:52

MADRID, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid cruised to an easy 5-0 victory away to bottom Betis on Saturday to draw level on points with FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of the BBVA Primera Liga table.

Betis kicked off the game with just 11 points and never looked like getting anything from the game the moment Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a thundering shot after 10 minutes.

The new Balon D' Or winner was allowed to run into space before driving the ball past the static Stefan Anderson in the Betis goal to take the wind out of the home side, who had started reasonably brightly.

Gareth Bale doubled Real Madrid' s lead with a free kick which he curled through the middle of the Betis defensive wall. Anderson again remained static and the fact is he could have done more to have stopped what was an accurate, but not powerful shot.

Those were two moments of quality in what was at times a scrappy first half, but with Betis unable to produce anything, Real Madrid didn' t need to produce more.

The only player who was making anything happen was recent arrival Leo Baptistao, who showed confidence and pace in beating Angel Di Maria and putting a lovely low cross into the Madrid penalty area which Ruben Castro only needed to touch to convert into a goal.

Sadly for Betis Castro was a yard slow and that was to prove costly as great work by Luka Modric teed up Karim Benzama to sidefoot home his tenth league goal of the season with the last kick of the first half to take the game definitively beyond Betis' reach.

The home side were booed off the pitch at the break and booed back on before the start of the second half, while there were also calls for the departure of coach, Juan Carlos Garrido, who has yet to see his side win a game in the league since replacing Pepe Mel at the start of December.

If Garrido gave his players a team talk during the break it was to little effect and the main incidents in the opening minutes of the second half were in the stands as a section of fans made their feelings clear to the Directors' Box.

Anderson partially redeemed himself with decent saves to deny Ronaldo and Benzema, but was beaten from 30 yards by a low Angel Di Maria shot with just under 30 minutes remaining.

Alvaro Morata made it 5-0 in the last minute with a strange goal as everyone stood and watched after Ronaldo had failed with an attempted overhead kick, a goal that serves to give Real a better goal difference than Atletico, who will play Sevilla on Sunday.

Morata' s celebrations hinted that he could be on his way this January, while the boos from the stands imply that Garrido' s spell as Betis coach could come to a premature end.

Editor: Yang Yi
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