It ends goalless between Madrid and Betis. It was a match of few clear cut chances, with the best opportunity falling to Rodrygo when his cross/shot was tipped onto the bar by Bravo.
Modric and Benzema were also denied by Bravo’s good saves, while at the other end, Iglesias had the best chance for the visitors, but Courtois smothered his effort.
Eden Hazard is back in time to face Chelsea. That was the best news to come out of Real Madrid’s second draw in a week. The league is slipping away from them – it could be win the Champions League or win nothing this season.
The Belgian got the last 15 minutes of this 0-0 against Betis and he looked lively on the rain-soaked surface at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium where Chelsea will play in three days.
The Belgian has only played 410 minutes in the league this season but he showed enough in this quarter-hour to suggest he will play a part against his former club.
He combined with Karim Benzema to set-up Vinicius but the Brazilian slipped in the rain as he received the pass. There was also a neat back-heeled flick for Marcelo as Madrid tried in vain to find a winner.
Their failure to win could see them lose precious ground in the title race if Barcelona and Atletico Madrid win on Sunday.
Zidane was also able to recall first choice defenders Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane both back in the team after missing action through injury and coronavirus.
The first half passed without chances as defences dominated and no defender more than Madrid’s Militao who marshaled Betis’s best attacks.
Both teams had their chances at the start of the second half with Rodrygo hitting the crossbar with a cross-shot.
The draw leaves Madrid two points behind Atletico Madrid at the top and just three above Barcelona, with both sides yet to play this weekend.
Their attention now turns to the Champions League semi-final against Chelsea. That’s now five draws in a row for Betis, but they stay in sixth. They face Real Valladolid next time out.