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Champions Real Madrid draw final league game

Published on: 20 May 2022

Real Madrid head to the Champions League final on the back of one win in four La Liga games

Real Madrid ended their triumphant league campaign with a draw against Real Betis in their final match before facing Liverpool in the Champions League final.

Carlo Ancelotti named his strongest XI for the game between the La Liga champions and the Copa del Rey winners.

Karim Benzema twice went close to scoring but was unable to add to his 27 league goals for the season.

Gareth Bale, who is set to leave Real Madrid, was not involved in the game.

Real Madrid's players gave a guard of honour to Copa del Rey winners Real Betis, before......Betis' players returned the compliment by giving La Liga champions Madrid a guard of honour

Ancelotti's team wrapped up the title last month with four games to spare but they were unable to end the domestic campaign on a winning note.

They managed just three attempts on target during the 90 minutes, while Betis went close when 40-year-old substitute Joaquin fired narrowly over on his 600th La Liga appearance.

Real Madrid, who finish the league season on 86 points from 38 games, now have a full week to prepare for the Champions League final in Paris on 28 May.

Real Betis are fifth in the table on 65 points although Real Sociedad can draw level on points if they defeat Atletico Madrid at home on Sunday (21:00 BST).

No Bernabeu farewell for Bale

Ancelotti said on the eve of the game that it was important Real Madrid recognise the contribution Bale made to the club and called on fans to give him a fitting farewell in his final home game.

After naming the Welshman in his squad, the Real boss opted not to include him in his 23.

The 32-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of June, has helped the club win four Champions League trophies and scored 106 goals since joining from Tottenham for £85.3m - then a world transfer record - in September 2013.

Bale has been criticised in Madrid for being perceived to be more committed to playing for Wales than Real.

In March, he hit back at Spanish newspaper Marca for a column which described him as a "parasite".

He has played just seven club games in 2021-22 totalling 290 minutes and scored one goal.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsReal Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

1Courtois2Carvajal3Militão6Nacho23Mendy10Modric14Casemiro8Kroos21Rodrygo9Benzema20Vinícius Júnior

    1Courtois2Carvajal3Militão6Nacho23MendySubstituted forMarceloat 70'minutes10ModricSubstituted forCeballosat 70'minutes14CasemiroSubstituted forCamavingaat 45'minutes8KroosSubstituted forValverdeat 45'minutes21RodrygoSubstituted forIscoat 70'minutes9Benzema20Vinícius Júnior

Substitutes

    5Vallejo7E Hazard11Asensio12Marcelo13Lunin15Valverde16Jovic17Vázquez19Ceballos22Isco24Mariano25Camavinga

Real Betis

Formation 4-2-3-1

13Dantas da Silva23Sabaly16Pezzella5Bartra15Moreno Lopera21Rodríguez18Guardado10Canales8Fekir7Juanmi12Da Silva

    13Dantas da Silva23Sabaly16Pezzella5Bartra15Moreno Lopera21Rodríguez18GuardadoSubstituted forWilliam Carvalhoat 63'minutes10CanalesSubstituted forTelloat 86'minutes8FekirSubstituted forSánchez Rodríguezat 74'minutes7JuanmiSubstituted forIglesiasat 73'minutes12Da SilvaSubstituted forSánchezat 63'minutes

Substitutes

    1Robles3González4Akouokou9Iglesias11Tello14William Carvalho17Sánchez Rodríguez20Lainez24Ruibal28Sánchez33Miranda

Referee:Santiago Jaime LatreAttendance:52,232Match StatsHome TeamReal MadridAway TeamReal BetisPossessionHome52%Away48%ShotsHome17Away11Shots on TargetHome3Away2CornersHome8Away5FoulsHome7Away12Live TextPost update

Match ends, Real Madrid 0, Real Betis 0.

90'+5'Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 0, Real Betis 0.

90'+4'Post update

Foul by Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid).

90'+4'Post update

Borja Iglesias (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90'+4'Post update

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

90'+3'Post update

Attempt missed. Germán Pezzella (Real Betis) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

90'+2'Post update

Corner, Real Betis. Conceded by Dani Ceballos.

90'+1'Post update

Attempt missed. Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Isco.

88'Post update

Offside, Real Madrid. Isco tries a through ball, but Vinícius Júnior is caught offside.

87'Post update

Attempt missed. Joaquín (Real Betis) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Borja Iglesias.

86'Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Cristian Tello replaces Sergio Canales.

85'Post update

Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85'Post update

Foul by Youssouf Sabaly (Real Betis).

84'Post update

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior.

83'Post update

Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83'Post update

Foul by Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis).

82'Post update

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior.

74'Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Joaquín replaces Nabil Fekir.

73'Substitution

Substitution, Real Betis. Borja Iglesias replaces Juanmi.

72'Post update

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Youssouf Sabaly.

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