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Real go down to Betis

Madrid: Benat Etxebarria gave Real Betis a surprise 1-0 win over Real Madrid in Seville on Saturday to leave the champions eight points behind leaders Barcelona, having played a game more.

Spain 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 Madrid stayed third with 26 points, five behind second-placed Atletico Madrid. Barcelona are the unbeaten leaders.

Betis climbed to fifth with 22 points, behind Malaga on goal difference after the Costa del Sol side returned to winning ways with a 4-0 rout at home to a desperately poor Valencia.

Francisco Portillo, Javier Saviola, Roque Santa Cruz and Isco were all on target as Manuel Pellegrini’s side notched their first win in November.

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 Iker Casillas from the edge of the area. (Reuters)