Cologne – A week after the victory in the Clasico against FC Barcelona, the Spanish football record champion Real Madrid had to relinquish its championship lead in the Primera Division. The national team surprisingly lost with international player Toni Kroos in the starting lineup at Betis Sevilla 1: 2 (1: 1). Real is now eleven days before the end of the season two points behind archrival Barcelona. The Catalans struggled 1-0 against Real Sociedad San Sebastian on Saturday.
Victory scorer for Sevilla was a former Barcelona player. Substitute Cristian Tello (82nd) scored in midfield after a serious Madrid loss. Previously, defender Sidnei had put Betis in the lead (40.), just a few minutes later he caused a penalty after a foul on Marcelo, which Karim Benzema converted (45. + 3). In the second half, Brazilian Vinicius Junior hit the crossbar for Real in front of 51,521 spectators (70th).
Kroos, who could not build on his strong performance from the previous week, was replaced in the 69th minute.
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