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Benat strike earns Betis shock victory over Real

Madrid, Nov 25, 2012, Reuters:

Madrid side suffers third defeat; Malaga rout Valencia

Real Madrid's defence of their title suffered a major setback when Real Betis surprised them 0-1 in Seville on Saturday to leave the champions eight points behind leaders Barcelona having played a game more.

Real Madrid's Sami Khedira (left) and Real Betis' Benat Etxebarria battle for possession during their Spanish League match in Seville on Saturday. REUTERSSpain midfielder Benat pounced on an error to score after 17 minutes and Jose Mourinho's team ran out of steam and ideas as they chased the game in the second half.
Real only lost two games and dropped 14 points on their way to the title last season, but have already tasted defeat three times in 13 games in the current campaign.

Mourinho's side stay third with 26 points, five behind second-placed Atletico Madrid who host Sevilla on Sunday, and who visit the Bernabeu next weekend.  Unbeaten leaders Barca, who have only dropped two points, can open an 11-point gap over their arch-rivals with a win at sixth-placed Levante, also on Sunday.

"We have taken a step backwards in trying to cut the points gap," captain Iker Casillas told Spanish radio. "It has been a tough blow."

Mourinho congratulated Betis for their battling display and made his customary attacks on the referee and the calendar, but played down the significance of the result on the title race.  Betis, stung by a humiliating 5-1 rout at Sevilla in the city derby last weekend, looked to make amends in front of their fans with a high-tempo start against Real.

Betis pressured the visitors and took the lead when Alvaro Arbeloa's miscued clearance reached Benat who skipped past Sami Khedira and fired a low shot past Casillas from the edge of the area.  Betis climbed to fifth with 22 points, behind Malaga on goal difference after the Costa del Sol side routed at home  a desperately poor Valencia 4-0.  Francisco Portillo, Javier Saviola, Roque Santa Cruz and Isco were all on target as Manuel Pellegrini's side notched their first win in November.

Malaga laboured to make the most of Portillo's superb eighth-minute curler on a bumpy pitch at the Rosaleda. They squandered a host of chances before Argentine Saviola struck a deflected second in the 74th minute, and Paraguayan substitute Santa Cruz followed up soon after. Midfielder Isco fired in a long-range fourth at the end.

Earlier, exciting young Brazilian forward Leo Baptistao was the difference as Rayo Vallecano ran out 2-0 winners over plummeting Real Mallorca, with both goals coming in the last three minutes.

The 20-year-old broke the deadlock with a fierce low drive from outside the area, and then dribbled past two players to set up Andrija Delibasic for a tap in at the end. A thumping shot from Manucho just past the hour mark earned Valladolid a 1-0 win over Granada.


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