Real Madrid get much-needed win, Atletico beat Sevilla to go second

Joy Montgomery
September 24, 2017

A 94th minute goal by Spanish football club Betis striker Antonio Sanabria gave his side a 1-0 win away to Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and produced one of the shocks of the season in Spain.

Dani Ceballos fired a La Liga debut double, to ease pressure on manager Zinedine Zidane.

Cristiano Ronaldo started his second game of the week - despite a looming Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund - but Madrid's hero was Ceballos, who netted the opener and then provided a quick response to Manu Garcia's 40th-minute equaliser. The result leaves Madrid fourth in the Liga table, although Valencia, Levante, Real Sociedad and Real Betis could all leapfrog Los Blancos with a win. His powerful header from a cross by Munir El Haddadi was the Basque Country club's first goal of the season.

Sergio Ramos almost doubled the visitors' lead after Cristiano Ronaldo cleverly chipped a free kick into the box, but the unmarked defender had his header saved.

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But Ceballos soon eased the pressure on the visitors with the opener, wriggling out of a challenge with Ibai Gomez in the area to slide a finish inside the left-hand post. Marco Asensio played in Ceballos, who cleverly cut the ball back before finishing the chance for the lead. However, three minutes later, Ceballos again bring Madrid winning 2-1.

Pedraza hit the Real Madrid woodwork for the second time in the 76th minute following a mistake from Varane, and a late goal or two appeared certain with both defences looking shaky in the second period.

The goalkeeper was again called into action to tip over Nacho Fernandez's aerial effort, before the tempo died down, with Madrid playing keep-ball and giving Alaves the run-around.

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