SEVILLA (EFE) – Dani Carvajal, who resumed his position on the right side in his first start after overcoming an injury, returned the smile to Real Madrid, which with a goal of his (0-1) in the second half unblocked a match, that of the third day of LaLiga Santander played at the Benito Villamarín stadium, which Betis had complicated a lot in the first half (0-1).
The Verdiblancos, well placed on the field and eager to surprise the counter, hindered the game of Real Madrid, but in the second the Italian Carlo Ancelotti’s men recovered from the start and had the prize after 61 minutes of play with a good goal from Carvajal, to which the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini’s team could no longer respond.
The Madridistas also managed to leave their clean sheet for the first time so far in the tournament, after beating Alavés (1-4) and drawing at the Levante field (3-3), while the Betics, after two ties to one, in Mallorca and at home against Cádiz, they suffer their first defeat of the course.
Ancelotti sought during the week that the team move away from the maelstrom that these days represents the possibility of PSG and Real Madrid reaching an agreement for the transfer of French Kylian Mbappé, but also to manage its squad and the many injuries.
Even the substitute goalkeeper, the Ukrainian Andriy Lunin, was out for positive in coronavirus and he was joined by Nacho Fernández along with Marcelo, Ferland Mendy, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Dani Ceballos.
He did give Carvajal the title, after he left in the course of the match in the Levante field, so that on the third day of the tournament, in his third consecutive displacement, David Alaba moved to the central position.
But the great novelty was that the merits of Vinicius Júnior in the first two games, with three goals coming off the bench, also gave him a place in the starting eleven to the detriment of Eden Hazard, while Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema remained as companions in the attack.
At Betis, the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, surprised by not aligning the only pure center forward he currently has, Borja Iglesias, with which he gave more responsibility up to Juanmi Jiménez and reinforced the midfield with the Mexican Andrés Guardado and Argentine Guido Rodríguez, who started for the first time so far in the championship.
In addition, with almost no time to train with the group, the central Germán Pezzella, occupied a position in the center of the defense to thus debut in his second stage in the Verdiblanco team, to which he returns from the Italian Fiorentina.
Vinicuis wanted to be the protagonist from early on and his recovery ended with a shot by Benzema that narrowly missed the goal that Rui Silva defended, and that start of good feelings was continued by the Brazilian Éder Militao with another attempt to which the Portuguese goal.
Meanwhile, the local team was looking for their place in the center of the field to discuss the ball with the rival and thus forced a first play of strategy in which the Frenchman Nabil Fekir made Thibaut Courtois work on a direct free-kick.
It did not matter to Betis that Madrid had the ball more time to test the opponent against the aforementioned defensive fragility of the adversary at this beginning of the course, and also saw how the visiting team did not find enough weight for Casemiro, Fede Valverde or Isco Alarcón will give a game to those above.
Thus, the last quarter of an hour of the first half was entered, with a break for hydration included, with Ancelotti’s men without finding the formula of how to get his hands on Betis who had gone from less to more in a match that in the last minutes was He came back somewhat rough, with many fouls and stops in the game, so both were satisfied with going to rest as they were.
At the beginning of the second period, the first Bale-Benzama connection was seen with an offside header from the Frenchman although Rui Sil responded well, and a minute later another header from the Madrid forward who did enter but also in a clear offside .
These sets did not have significance on the scoreboard but now the visiting team was more dominating and incisive, who suffered a scare in which Juanmi could not solve, for in the next play Benzema put a good ball to Carvajal so that, as It came to him, it was impossible for Rui Silva.
A little more than a quarter of an hour had passed since the restart and Real Madrid found the award for its best start, which led Ancelotti to refresh his team with the entry of Lucas Vázquez and Marco Asensio for Isco and Bale before the reaction Betica in search of new tables.
Precisely one of the changes, Asensio, was close to definitively breaking the game with a second goal, but the ball was too crossed, which left some doubts until the end, to the point that Martín Montoya, in the last shock play, could even tie, but Courtois responded well.