Sunday, November 3, 2019

Wasteful Real Madrid squander chance to surpass Barcelona against shaky Betis


Zinedine Zidane's side lacked that killer instinct on Saturday as they settled for a draw that could easily have been a win

Real Madrid have grown so used to extreme highs and lows over the past few seasons so the mixed feelings that remained after a goalless draw with Real Betis on Saturday were a strange sensation.

On one hand it was a wasted opportunity, with Zinedine Zidane’s side blowing numerous chances and failing to capitalise on Barcelona’s slip up earlier in the day to take the lead at the top of La Liga.

Seeing Karim Benzema, Eden Hazard, Sergio Ramos and co. fail to convert myriad opportunities against the leakiest defence in the division - 21 goals conceded from the first 11 games before this - was painful.

And this was the first time in either of Zidane’s reigns that Madrid have drawn 0-0 at home.

Yet the performance itself, so dominant, was another step in the right direction for a side which has looked out of shape for most of the time since Zidane left in 2018 after delivering a third consecutive Champions League title.

Real Madrid did find the net, in the first half, with Hazard scoring a very Hazard-like goal, which was ruled out for offside.

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