Real Betis stun Madrid

September 21, 2017
Real Madrid's Casemiro, top, heads the ball during Spanish the La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid yesterday.

MADRID, Spain (AP):

Real Madrid's faltering start to the Spanish league season continued yesterday with a shock 1-0 defeat at home to Real Betis.

A day after league leaders Barcelona routed Eibar 6-1 with four goals by Lionel Messi for their fifth win in a row, Madrid conceded an injury-time goal to remain winless in their three league games so far at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.

Paraguayan striker Antoino Sanabria scored the winner with a header from close range to give Betis their first win against Madrid at the Bernabeu since 1998.

Madrid, coming off home draws against Valencia and Levante, are seven points behind Barcelona after five games, trailing Betis by one point.

Second-place Sevilla moved within two points of Barcelona by beating Las Palmas 1-0 for their fourth consecutive league victory.

Third-place Atletico won 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao.

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