La Liga: Real Madrid held by Betis before Champions League final

Real Betis tied Real Madrid’s regular starting players 0-0 in the team’s last game before the Champions League final.

Real Madrid started with the team that is expected to face Liverpool on May 28 in Paris, where they will try to win the 14th European title.

Real Madrid won the La Liga weeks ago and coach Carlo Ancelotti was changing the squad, but he did his best on the pitch against Betis to improve it ahead of the trip to France next week.

In the first half, Ancelotti replaced Casemiro with Eduardo Camavinga and Toni Kroos with Federico Valverde. Later in the second half he rested Luka Modric, Rodrygo and Ferland Mendy.

Veteran left-back Marcelo has joined Mendy in what could be his last game for Real Madrid, although Ancelotti said no decision has been made about the player’s future yet. The Brazilian received a warm applause from the fans when he entered the match and after the final whistle at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“One of our captains will remain in Paris,” Ancelotti said. “If he leaves in the end, he will leave as one of the best full-backs in the world.”

Karim Benzema came close to scoring for Real Madrid but ended his career by scoring 27 goals in the league, 10 more than any other player.

Since winning their record 35th league title, Madrid eliminated Manchester City in the Champions League semi-finals before defeating Levante 6-0 and drawing 1-1 in Cadiz.

The equalizer left Real Madrid 13 points ahead of second-placed Barcelona, ​​who conclude their season against seventh-placed Villarreal on Sunday.

Betis finished fifth in a draw, their best league achievement since 2005. Manuel Pellegrini’s side had already secured a place in the second division Europa League by winning the King’s Cup in a final against Valencia last month.

Before the match, both teams held honor guards, with players lined up to salute opponents for their titles.

“We deserve 10 for our season,” said Pellegrini.

This was Betis’ fifth match in a row without conceding a goal against Madrid in the league. She won two of those matches, and tied the last three in a row.

And in the other game played on Friday, already relegated Levante made sure not to fall behind in the final with a 4-2 win over 12th-placed Rayo Vallecano, with Gonzalo Melero scoring twice for the visiting team.

Granada, Mallorca and Cadiz will fight to avoid relegation on Sunday, while Villarreal and Athletic are trying to finish seventh and claim the Europa League spot.

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