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Real Madrid: Asensio pushing for place in Zidane's team at PSG

Real Madrid: Asensio pushing for place in Zidane's team at PSG

Madrid have found the Estadio Benito Villamarin a happy hunting ground in recent years, winning 5-0 and 6-1 either side of a 1-1 draw in their last three visits, and they have only lost three times to Betis in 30 meetings.

Ronaldo also scored a vital brace for Madrid during first leg game against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League Round of 16 clashes.

"Players need to be playing football, particularly when they are at such an early stage in their careers, as it helps their development and growth as a player.", he told El Larguero. Betis then took the lead before half-time thanks to Aissa Mandi's strike and a Nacho Fernandez own-goal.

Real have played 12 games since Bale returned to full fitness and he is still yet to play the full 90 minutes in any of those matches, with that trend continuing in Sunday's 5-3 win over Real Betis. That time, Marcelo was able to carry on (and went on to score Madrid's third goal), but luck wasn't on his side today.

With 45 goals conceded in 23 league games Betis have the worst defensive record outside the bottom three, and this season they have shipped six goals against Valencia, five against Eibar and four against Real Sociedad.

The former Lyon attacker has scored seven goals in 27 games across all competitions this season, as Real only have the Champions League to play for.

While Asensio's double will take the headlines for Madrid, the club also got the welcome sight of another headed goal from Sergio Ramos. Today things worked out for me, scoring two goals and helping the team win, but we know the tie is not finished yet. "The second half was completely different, we were spectacular", he added. "I don't think it is serious".

"Bale played his game, and that's it", was Zidane's only comment on the Wales worldwide. In any case, Zidane would've undoubtedly been pleased with the character shown by his side as they look to rejuvenate their season after a torrid start. It was uncharacteristically poor defending from the Spaniard, who has been a standout performer in an otherwise porous defensive line.


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