Real Madrid win eight-goal thriller, Atletico keep up Barca chase

20 February, 2018, 20:14 | Author: Evan Mason
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"We knew we were under pressure at 2-1 and had to turn the game around, but we did and again this will help us gain confidence". Betis were also impressive going forward and managed to pull three back, thanks to an own goal from Nacho but failed to win it at the end.

"We started the match strongly but Betis came back really well and that was tough for us, we were forced into bringing our best game but ultimately I think we deserved it".

Asensio opened the scoring in the eight-goal thriller, however, inspired by Joaquin, Real Betis took a 2-1 lead into the break.

"Asensio and Lucas always deserve more", Zidane said.

While they are firmly in control for a spot in the quarter-finals, the narrative domestically is a complete contrast with Los Blancos cut well adrift of leaders Barcelona in fourth.

The double strike from Marco Asensio, a bullet header from Sergio Ramos, a strike from Cristiano Ronaldo, and Karim Benzema's placement secured the victory for Real Madrid.

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'They are doing very well, they play on the wing and open the pitch for us as well as doing a lot of defensive work'.

However, Ronaldo's form in the Champions League has been remarkable, with 11 goals scored in seven games to etch his name in the history books.

Only five other teams in Europe's top five leagues have managed to reach that mark in league play, with all of them in the English top flight.

"Tomorrow [Monday] we'll see".

Starting his career at RCD Mallorca, Asensio signed for Real Madrid in 2015 and following a year on loan with Espanyol has become an important squad player at the Santiago Bernabeu.

In the centre of the park, defensive midfielder Casemiro should partner up with Luka Modric, who is often the beating heart of this Madrid side.


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