Goals: Garcia (54th sp) for Betis - Heinze (18th), Van Nistelrooy (89th) for Real Madrid.

Real Madrid, reduced to ten after excluding Marcelo, beat the Betis Seville 2-1 through a goal from Van Nistelrooy in injury time. The doubles title holders, second to a point of the "yellow submarine", have opened the scoring by Gabriel Heinze (19th) during a first period hit (Van de Vaart and Marcelo warned) but controlled by men Bernd Schuster. The people of Madrid, before the flamboyant red lantern Gijon (7-1) Wednesday, lost their football with the exception of Marcelo for a fault in its surface (54th).

Garcia, who will also be excluded at the end of the game, did not even pray for taking over the penalty pushed away by the keeper Casillas. The match referee excited and went out yellow cards (Casillas, Pavone) and red (Garcia) to restore calm. Finally, Van Nistelrooy gave in extremis three points of victory to his close by scoring despite a defender and the keeper of local output. With this fourth success in five matches Liga, Real can fly with peace of mind in Russia to face Zenit St. Petersburg in the Champions League.