Champs Real closes LaLiga with draw

Real Madrid have concluded their title-winning LaLiga campaign with a quiet 0-0 draw against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Neither team had anything to play for and that was clear from the start as the game was played at a leisurely pace as Madrid tried to avoid overburdening themselves ahead of next weekend’s Champions League final against Liverpool. .

Carlo Ancelotti called a strong line-up for the game, but Los Blancos remain scoreless and goalless in five home games against Betis.

Marcelo and Isco were sent on for their final appearance at the Bernabeu, but it wouldn’t be a triumphant farewell as Betis waited for a draw.

Toni Kroos went wide after Karim Benzema’s shot was blocked and Willian Jose narrowly missed the target from 20 yards after an open start from the break.

There were few decent openings, but Casemiro shot a low drive just off the post just before half-time after storming through the middle.

Benzema headed straight for Rui Silva seven minutes after the restart and Rodrygo sent his successor wide under pressure from Marc Bartra.

Joaquin came off the bench in the 74th minute for his 600th LaLiga appearance, joining Andoni Zubizarreta (622) as the only players to reach the milestone.

The 40-year-old winger was unable to mark the occasion with a goal as he took over an effort from the edge of the six-yard box with three minutes to go, but the point was enough for Betis to finish fifth. to obtain.

Although Casemiro appeared to struggle with a minor injury in the first half, he appeared to recover before being substituted at half time.

It may have been a planned move in view of the Champions League final, and if it was then Madrid avoided any unwanted setbacks ahead of the match in Paris.

Despite seven attempts, Benzema was unable to extend his run of 27 LaLiga goals. However, it is almost certainly enough for him to become the first Frenchman to win the Pichichi Trophy.

Madrid will aim to win a 14th Champions League/European Cup title when they take on Liverpool on Saturday week, while Betis can prepare for another season in the Europa League.

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