Courtois Saves The Day For Real Madrid In Underwhelming Draw
Real Madrid’s lack of quality in front of goal was evident in their frustrating 0-0 draw against Real Betis, which saw them fall further behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race.
The visitors had a goal disallowed in the early stages of the match after Karim Benzema’s free-kick was ruled out for hitting Antonio Rudiger’s arm before finding the net with a swerving effort. Despite this setback, Real Madrid pushed on, but they struggled to break down a resilient Betis defence.
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On the other hand, Betis looked more likely to score throughout the game and forced Thibaut Courtois into a series of top-class saves to show that they are genuine top-four contenders this season. The Belgian goalkeeper was the standout performer for Los Blancos, proving his worth with some crucial stops to keep the game level.
Madrid did have some promising moments, but they were unable to find the back of the net, and as a result, they now face a daunting nine-point deficit to Barcelona with only 14 games left to play.
The draw was a disappointing result for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who had hoped to close the gap on their fierce rivals. The Italian manager will be hoping that his team can regain their sharpness in front of the goal as they look to bounce back in their next game.
Overall, it was a frustrating evening for Real Madrid, who lacked the cutting edge that has been so important in their previous matches this season. With the title race slipping further away from them, they must quickly regroup and focus on securing a top-four finish to avoid any further disappointment this campaign.