Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 home defeat to Real Betis at Santiago Bernabeu in Cristiano Ronaldo’s return from a five game suspension for shoving a referee.
Paraguayan forward Antonio Sanabria stunned Madrid by a stoppage-time winner in the 94th minute to silence the crowd and give Zinedine Zidane’s men their first defeat from five opening La Liga fixtures.
Ronaldo was making his first league start of the season where he got the chance to open the scoring from Gareth Bale’s low cross but he and his teammates cannot find a way as they wasted 27 shots on goal against Betis’ 12 shots.
Credit to Los Verdiblancos goalkeeper Antonio Adan for his great effort in saving Madrid’s shot from the inside and outside of the box to end the 73-game goal streak by the opponent.
The defeat leaves the European champions without a win in their three home La Liga games this campaign and in seventh place in the table, seven points behind leaders Barcelona, who recently beat Eibar with a convincing 6-1 victory.
Meanwhile, boss Zidane accepted the defeat and he is not worried after all as he believes that better days are coming to his team.
“I do not think there’s any reason to be worried. Today was not a great match but you have to accept it and have peace of mind and think about the next game. I’m the coach of this team and we need peace of mind. The League is very long and we are going to have peace within the group because we are going to raise it and we are going to have better days. Football is like that and you do not have to be worried.” Zidane stated after the game
Moving forward, Los Blancos can have the chance to return in their winning ways when they travel to Deportivo Alaves on Saturday, September 23.
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