Betis boss would have preferred to face Madrid's BBC

Lawrence Kim
February 22, 2018

Marco Asensio headed Real, who are fourth, in front after 11 minutes but Aissa Mandi nodded an equaliser in the 33rd before the visitors' Nacho Fernandez diverted a fumbled Keylor Navas save into his own net to give Betis the lead four minutes later.

Dani Ceballos was denied an appearance against his former club and has been used by Zidane just six times in LaLiga since his arrival from Betis.

Asensio remains keen to stay at the Bernabeu, but Diario Gol reports that he would be prepared to move on unless he is afforded more regular first-team opportunities. "They are playing very well at the moment".

Real's Croatia midfielder Modric and Brazil left back Marcelo could still be missing for the Champions League last-16 second leg at Paris St Germain in two weeks' time after the pair were diagnosed with hamstring injuries on Tuesday.

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"They controlled the final half hour of the first half". I don't focus on the three goals conceded, I focus on the five goals scored.

The win takes Real to within a point of third-placed Valencia. They also have a game in hand and play that match in Leganes on Wednesday night.

"We started very well, got a goal, we then sat back a bit and we do not like it when we sit back". In the opponent's half, we are better. "We are together and when we do things together, it shows".

Sergio Ramos and Ronaldo found the back of the net either side of a second for Asensio, with Benzema coming off the bench in the 89th minute to complete a 5-3 victory after Sergio Leon set up a tense finale. "We thought we could change the game - and we changed it".

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