Real Madrid beat Betis at Villamarín with the undisputed prominence of the VAR. Video refereeing was the protagonist in almost all the white team's games in the Express League last season that Real Madrid ended up taking. Now, in the second league game for the Whites, VAR has reappeared to end up being decisive in the Whites' victory. In minute 68, the video referee, after reviewing the action of Burgos Bengoetxea, caused the red to Emerson. Betis, with 2-2, was left with 10 and in 81, the VAR told the referee to go see an action by Bartra that ended in a penalty that Ramos transformed at 2-3. A review, the penalty, which came when the game had continued and no one had claimed that action.
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Thus, with the VAR in between, Real Madrid achieved the first victory of the league championship. A victory that was not easy at all for the whites, who on this occasion did see the door against a Betis who deserved more and who in the first half “danced” for many minutes at Real Madrid.
A Real Madrid in which Zidane decided to bet on bringing together Benzema and the claimed Jovic to solve the goal problem. After two minutes, Benzema scored, but the goal was disallowed for offside of course. It was a vibrant start to the game, with chances for both rivals. Courtois avoided Sanabria's goal with a great save and shortly after, Valverde did manage to beat Joel in the 14th minute of the game.
That 0-1 gave a lot of confidence to a Madrid that was 0-2 in the 16th minute, but Ramos missed a sung goal.
The game seemed to be one of Zidane's, but Betis was rebuilt with Canales leading the Verdiblanco attack. Those of Pellegrini passed over a Real Madrid that was neither there nor was it scared. A dominance reflected on the scoreboard by Mandi who made it 1-1 in the 35th minute and William Carvalho in the 37th minute turned the score around with the 2-1.
Thus, and with a Benzema chance and with Kroos leaving injured, it was time to break.
Zidane decided to move a tab after the break by removing a gray Odegaard and put Isco. Real Madrid were resurrected with Emerson's 2-2 own goal in the 49th minute.
The whites equalized the match against a Betis that did not command as much, but that continued to generate chances. Equality marked the duel until in minute 67, Emerson left for a direct red for a foul on Jovic who left only for Joel. A play that seemed offside by the Serbian ended, VAR by, in red for Emerson.
Madrid, with one more, commanded and even Benzema scored, but was annulled for offside. However, the whites did not score until the VAR penalty arrived at the hand of Bartra that Sergio Ramos transformed in the 82nd minute.
Betis looked to the end for a draw and that gave Madrid chances to score, but in the end, no more goals came and the whites released victory and VAR.
Real Betis, 2
Joel (3), Emerson (1), Mandi (3), Bartra (2), Alex Moreno (2), Guido (2), William (2), Joaquín (3) (Tello (1), m. 63) , Canales (4), Fekir (2) (Loren (1), m. 73) and Sanabria (2) (Montoya (1), m. 69)
Real Madrid, 3
Courtois (3), Carvajal (2), Varane (3), Ramos (3), Mendy (2), Casemiro (1), Kroos (2) (Modric (3), m, 45), Valverde (3), Odegaard (1) (Isco (2), m. 46), Jovic (1) (Borja Mayoral (2), m. 72) and Benzema (3)
Goals: 0-1, Valverde (m. 14); 1-1, Mandi (m. 35); 2-1, William (m 37); 2-2, Emerson (p.p) (m. 49), 2-3, Sergio Ramos (pen. M. 82)
Referee: From Burgos Bengoetxea (C. Vasco). He sent off Emerson with a direct red (m. 68). Yellow to Emerson (m. 12), Guido (m. 40), Carvajal (m. 42), Modric (m, 53), Bartra (m. 81), Canales (m. 84), Mandi (m. 91)
Stadium: Benito Villamarín. Game played without an audience by the coronavirus.