Real Betis vs Real Madrid: Ramos fires Los Blancos to 1st La Liga win

Real Betis vs Real Madrid: Ramos fires Los Blancos to 1st La Liga win

- Real Betis suffered 3-2 defeat to la Liga champions Real Madrid

- Sergio Ramos scored the winning goal for Los Blancos after Valverde opened scoring for them

- Emerson scored an own goal earlier in the second half before being shown straight red

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Real Madrid grabbed their first win this season after beating 10-man Real Betis 3-2 at the Estadio Benito Villamarin on Saturday, September 26.

Having got their title defence off on a shaky note last weekend, coach Zinedine Zidane's tutored side stepped up their game this time around.

Federico Valverde combined well enough with Karim Benzema to hand Los Blancos the lead just 14 minutes into the encounter.

The 22-year-old stretched his leg to connect with a cross from the Frenchman and tapped-in from close range.

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Aissa Mandi restored parity for the home team in the 35th minute with a stunning header from a beautiful build-up.

Real Betis vs Real Madrid: Ramos fires Los Blancos to 1st La Liga win
Real Betis vs Real Madrid: Ramos after scoring the winner for Los Blancos. Getty Images
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Sergio Canales delivered the astonishing cross that led to the equaliser for the home team as the first half began to wind down.

Two minutes later, William Carvalho handed his side the lead for the first time after receiving a pass from Nabil Fekir, controlled it with his right leg and finished up with his left.

Seven minutes towards the end of the opening half, Betis took charge of the game and so it ended in their favour.

Madrid, however, came back into the pitch for the second half with more purpose as they mounted pressure on the home team.

Their strategy paid off just three minutes into the resumption with Emerson scoring an own goal to level parity for Zidane's men.

Captain fantastic Sergio Ramos sealed the victory for the away team from the spot just eight minutes left to play in the encounter.

And that goal became the most crucial for the La Liga champions as they returned to the Spanish capital with maximum points.

They will welcome Real Valladolid to the Bernabeu for their matchday three encounters on Wednesday, September 30. earlier reported that Nigerian star John Obi Mikel bagged his first assist in the colours of Stoke City after inspiring them to a 1-0 victory over Preston North End at the Deepdale Stadium.

The former Super Eagles captain joined The Potters as a free agent last month on a one-year deal and the move has started to pay off for Michael O'Neill's side.

Mikel who played all 90 minutes of the encounter sent in a low cross which was superbly converted by Lee Gregory in the 39th minute and saw them claim maximum points in the end.

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