Sunday, February 17, 2008


Real Madrid threw away a lead as Real Betis did second-placed Barcelona a favour by coming from behind to see off the leaders in Seville.

Royston Drenthe scored after five minutes with Madrid looking in the same rampant mood which saw them thrash Real Valladolid 7-0 last weekend.

But Betis had other ideas and two goals in three minutes from Edu and Mark Gonzalez turned the game on its head.

After two straight defeats and with the relegation spots looming closer it was the Betis players who were the more inspired, and Real had fallen behind they hardly looked likely to come back.

Bernd Schuster's side stormed out of the blocks, taking the lead from their second attack.

A great pass from midfield sent Arjen Robben tearing away down the right, and his square ball across the area rolled past both Julio Baptista and the out-rushing Ricardo before arriving at the feet of Drenthe, who was left with a simple finish into the open net. Edu turned provider to cross from the left again and Gonzalez raced into the area to get his head to the ball before the Madrid defence.

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