MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 23:56:32
Jan 13, 2019 at 7.45pm UK at ​Estadio Benito Villamarín (Sevilla)
Attendance: 54,187
Real Betis
1-2
Real Madrid
Canales (67')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Modric (13'), Ceballos (88')

Solari hails young players after Real Madrid claim last-gasp win over Betis

Solari hails young players after Real Madrid claim last-gasp win over Betis
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Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez were all absent.

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari hailed the impact of his young players after a last-gasp win at Real Betis on Sunday.

Former Betis player Dani Ceballos struck with an 88th-minute free-kick as Madrid snatched a 2-1 victory at the Benito Villamarín Stadium to move back into the top four in LaLiga.

It was a win achieved without a number of senior stars as the likes of Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez were absent through injury or suspension.

Karim Benzema was also forced off at half-time after landing awkwardly on his hand and suffering a broken finger.

Youngster Vinicius Junior impressed for Madrid
Youngster Vinicius Junior impressed for Madrid (Miguel Morenatti/AP)

Solari said in his post-match press conference, reported on realmadrid.com: "They are three valuable points to try to help us cut the gap between us and the teams above us in the table.

"There is also great value for the young guys who have come in and played with the first team this season.

"In a squad full of established players, it's a tricky thing to do, but we had to bring in some of the younger guys. Cristo, Brahim (Diaz), (Federico) Valverde, (Sergio) Reguilon, Vinicius (Junior) – all players aged under 21, some very young players.

"They've finished the match today and in these kind of circumstances and it's good news for the club."

Betis had looked like claiming a point after Sergio Canales cancelled out Luka Modric's superb early opener until substitute Ceballos had the final word.

Caballos did not celebrate his late winner wildly but, after featuring little since leaving Betis for Madrid in 2017, he admitted he felt differently inside.

"It is a stadium where I gave everything as a player but now is not the time to talk about that, but to celebrate the victory," he said.

"The feeling is good – the three points. The team had to suffer at times in the second half but they are three big points and they taste great."

The defeat was Betis' second in succession and left them seventh in the table.

"I believe we lost undeservedly," said coach Quique Setien.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona20144256213546
2Atletico MadridAtletico20118130131741
3Real Madrid2011363024636
4Sevilla209653122933
5AlavesAlaves209562223-132
6Getafe208752516931
7Real Betis208572525029
8Valencia2051141918126
9Real Sociedad207582524126
10Levante207583235-326
11EibarEibar206772428-425
12GironaGirona205962326-324
13Espanyol2073102130-924
14Athletic Bilbao2041152126-523
15Leganes205781824-622
16Real Valladolid205781723-622
17Celta Vigo205693234-221
18Rayo Vallecano2055102436-1220
19Villarreal203982126-518
20Huesca2025131739-2211

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