Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo were on target for Real Madrid as they beat Betis 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.
- Vinicius struck just nine minutes in
- Sergio Canales equalised shortly afterwards
- Rodrygo netted winner in second half
Real Madrid appeared to be on their way to a simple win when Vinicius Junior opened the scoring inside the first 10 minutes by chipping a bouncing long ball over the goalkeeper’s head. Sergio Canales pulled the visitors level before long as he slid a low shot through Thibaut Courtois’ legs. Rodrygo was then in the right place to score the winner, tapping in a beautiful pass from Federico Valverde.
THE BIGGER PICTURE:
The win ensures Madrid maintain their perfect start to the 2022-23 campaign. Carlo Ancelotti’s team are four wins from four in La Liga and their latest clash was the first played at the Santiago Bernabeu this term.
ALL EYES ON:
Karim Benzema has been on fire so far this term, having scored or assisted in each of Madrid’s first three matches of the new season. But the Frenchman drew a blank at the Bernabeu, allowing Vinicius and Rodrygo to step up to make the difference.
MATCH IN TWO PHOTOS:
Ancelotti took some risks with the late substitutes
Valverde was a vital part of the win with his assist
Madrid were hardly perfect in the narrow victory
WHAT NEXT FOR REAL MADRID?
Madrid turn their attention to their Champions League campaign next as they travel to Glasgow to face Celtic in their first game of the group stage.