Despite producing five times as many chances as their opponents, Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by a battling Real Betis side at Estadio Benito Villamarín on Sunday night.
The home side got off to the best possible start when, just seven minutes into the match, Alvaro Cejudo fired a shot first-time from the top of the area into the top left corner to give Betis a 1-0 lead.
Nothing seemed to go right for Real Madrid in the first half and Karim Benzema was booked for simulation in the box when he was clearly fouled and should have been awarded the penalty around the half hour mark.
Los Blancos kept up the pressure throughout the match and eventually found a breakthrough in the 75th minute when Toni Kroos played, an offside looking, James Rodriguez in with an accurate through-ball and the Columbian unselfishly squared the ball for Benzema, who had the simplest of tap-ins to make it 1-1.
Real Madrid produced 20 attempts on goal to Real Betis’ four, but the visiting side were unable to find a winning goal and the home fans celebrated as if they’d won the league when the referee blew the final whistle.
Elsewhere in La Liga, Valencia needed a 93rd minute Alvaro Negredo goal to earn a 1-1 draw with Deportivo La Coruna after Lucas Martinez gave them the lead in the 27th minute.