(Real Betis – Real Madrid 2-3) After a week of positive corona test, the problems continued for Martin Ødegaard. But Real Madrid eventually turned the VAR drama into Sevilla.
Sergio Ramos won the match in his hometown. The Real Madrid captain chipped in a Panenka penalty nine minutes before full-time.
Thus, the match was won after Real Betis had led 2-1 in a break where Martin Ødegaard was replaced.
The Drammen player did not succeed with much offensively and was involved in both setbacks. Thus, the Norwegian was left in the locker room by Zinédine Zidane. The coach put in Isco instead.
– Completely understandable. Martin Ødegaard never really got into the match, says TV 2 expert Jesper Mathisen.
had tested positive for the virus. On Thursday, he was reported ready to play after two new, negative tests. Thus, he got to start his second match in the favorite role right behind the strikers Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic.
Ødegaard had a good deal of ball contact, but never managed to create opportunities for Real Madrid. Thus, he was replaced at the break. In the 0-0 opening against Real Sociedad, Ødegaard got 68 minutes.
The big chances started with a fever rescue by Thibaut Courtois after six minutes. Antonio Sanabria heads down the field, but the Real Madrid goalkeeper gets a hand up. It came as a foretaste of what was to come.
But first a very nice goal by Real Madrid. A fantastic – and a bit lucky – preparation by Karim Benzema – was turned into the season’s first league goal by Federico Valverde.
Real Betis fought back cruelly.
Martin Ødegaard never came under pressure after a corner when Sergio Canales made a perfect pass to Aissa Mandi’s head. The midfielder headed hard 1-1.
Ødegaard was also not fully present when goal scorer William Carvalho stormed into the field on the 2-1 score. Carvalho had stepped forward and sent Real Betis in the lead with a shot Courtois could have saved.
Real Madrid struck back after the break. A beautiful post from right back Dani Carvajal went via Benzema to an own goal by Real Betis Emerson.