Merengue and Beticos part good friends. Real Madrid and Betis Sevilla settled for a scoreless draw on Friday during the 38th and final day of La Liga (0-0). For the Spanish champions as for the winners of the Copa del Rey, already qualified for the next Europa League, it was a question of not forcing too much. The people of Madrid had their heads already turned towards the Stade de France and the final of the Champions League. As well as Mbappé’s decision.
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For this final rehearsal before the big duel against Liverpool, the people of Madrid almost showed up with their eleven type. Only David Alaba, still injured, was missing. Gareth Bale was also not part of the squad for what could have been his last at the Santiago-Bernabeu. The future ex-teammates of the Welshman showed a certain offensive will but also clearly lacked accuracy.
Toni Kroos missed the target with a shot from 20 meters (8th), Luka Modric shot at the opposing goalkeeper (18th) and Casemiro signed a good axial breakthrough without managing to conclude at the entrance to the zone of truth (45th ). Same record at the break for the Andalusians with an attempt just wide for Willian José (20th) and a ball finally pushed too far into the area for Juanmi (43rd).
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On the restart, Carlo Ancelotti launched Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde in place of Kroos and Casemiro. His men almost opened the scoring but Rui Silva repelled Karim Benzema’s fine recovery on a cross from Dani Carvajal and Rodrygo missed the target following (51st). The Beticos goalkeeper also blocked the beautiful shot from the biting Camavinga (59th). Isco and Marcelo also came into play for a final appearance at home with the merengue jersey (70th). The 34-year-old left-back has completed a 16th season in La Liga, a record for a Brazilian.
At the age of 40, Joaquin, for his part, has reached 600 matches in the Spanish championship by replacing Nabil Fekir, available but imprecise in this meeting (74th). The veteran even got a match point but placed his small volley from the left six meters above the cage of Thibaut Courtois (87th).
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Benzema, he got two. His shot from the left in front of the target, however, proved to be too removed (84th) and his head too crossed after a long cross from Marcelo (90th + 4). With 27 goals, the French will however finish Pichichi because his competitors have 10 fewer goals. This trophy would please him but it is obviously the big-eared cup that Benzema and his teammates are now aiming for.
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