The Madrilenians were held in check at home against Real Betis (0-0) for the 32nd day of La Liga. Atletico de Madrid has the opportunity, Sunday, to widen the gap in the standings.
It’s a score that Real Madrid have become a little too used to lately. For the third time in the last four meetings, the Madrilenians were held in check with a goalless draw. This Saturday, April 24, in the pouring rain of the Alfredo-Di-Stefano Stadium, Zinédine Zidane’s players failed to force the Betis lock (0-0), on behalf of the 32nd day of Liga, and thus lose two precious points in the race for the title.
Real Madrid were more enterprising than their opponents but without really worrying Claudio Bravo. The Sevillian doorman intervened on the rare occasions of the Merengues like his parade in front of Karim Benzema (25th) or even against Luka Modric (66th) who thought to deliver his own from a strike from twenty meters. His bar also saved him on a center-shot from Rodrygo (55th). Thibaut Courtois was not left out either with his interventions against Rodriguez (60th) or Borja Iglesias (65th). Karim Benzema, for his 700th career match, could have donned the savior’s habit as usual. But his partner Vinicius Junior forgot him in transition when he asked for the ball on his right (76th).
In the end, Real Madrid made a bad operation and could see their opponents for the title rob them of precious points. Atletico de Madrid have the opportunity to take a five-point lead over Athletic Bilbao on Sunday night. Barcelona too can take advantage of the capital’s rivals’ mistake. In case of victory at Villarreal, the Barcelona would come back to the height of Real, with one less meeting.
But for Zinédine Zidane, we must now leave La Liga aside and think about the next deadline: the semi-final first leg of the Champions League. His opponent on Tuesday April 27, Chelsea, won in pain against West Ham (1-0), a little earlier in the day.