Real Madrid's clash with Real Betis ended in a frustrating affair as Jude Bellingham's goal only secured a 1-1 draw. Donning purple kits, Real Madrid were made to settle for a point after Aitor Ruibal scored a brilliant long-range screamer to ensure that his side picked up a vital point from this hyped fixture at the Benito Villamarin.
Away from their home ground, Real Madrid dominated right from the kickoff. The likes of Rodrygo and Brahim Diaz were visibly busy in their attacking half as they searched for their first goal of the night.
Just around the half-hour mark, Real Betis had the best chance to take the lead with Ayoze Perez's shot, which was thwarted by an Andriy Lunin save.
In the initial 45 minutes, both teams fiercely battled for the opening goal, but neither managed to score, leaving a sense of disappointment for both sides .
Real Madrid's hunt for the opener came to fruition as Jude Bellingham was set up by a delightful chipped pass, which was easily guided past Rui Silva in the Betis' net. The Englishman continued his merry run in front of the goal as he scored his 16th goal of the season.
Manuel Pellegrini's side responded quick with an equaliser courtesy of Aitor Ruibal. His exquisite long-range effort from 25 yards was fired thunderously into the top-left corner of the goal. An electrifying moment for the Betis faithful.
Carlo Ancelotti's men kept the pressure on for the winning goal as they kept testing Rui Silva and his backline with decent chances. Their last ditch efforts in the dying minutes of the game was not enough to grab the much needed lead over the determined hosts.
In the 90th minute, former Real Madrid midfielder Isco almost scored the winning goal for Betis as he saw his header hit the woodwork.
At the stroke of full-time , both sides shared the disappointment of settling for a 1-1 draw. This result would be rued by both considering they had excellent chances to steal three points from one another.
This draw for Real Madrid would be a mood dampener considering the form they had showcased in the past couple of weeks. After grabbing only a point against Betis, the Whites would hope that arch-rivals Barcelona beat Girona on Monday, a result which would help them retain top spot at the La Liga summit.
Following their trip to Seville, Real Madrid will soon head to Germany for their final Champions League group fixture against Union Berlin.