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Real Madrid snatch all three points thanks to 88th-minute free-kick from Ceballos

Real Betis fans were left broken-hearted as their former star man Dani Ceballos scored a late winner for Real Madrid on Sunday.

Luka Modric celebrates scoring Madrid's first goal against Betis.
Luka Modric celebrates scoring Madrid's first goal against Betis.
Image: AP/PA Images

DANI CEBALLOS SCORED a late winning free-kick against his old club as Real Madrid battled to a 2-1 La Liga victory at Real Betis.

Madrid had taken an early lead at the Benito Villamarin on Sunday thanks to a fine drive scored by Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric.

But Sergio Canales hit back with a goal that survived a lengthy VAR review to seemingly claim a point for Quique Setien’s side.

Former Betis star Ceballos had other ideas, though, coming off the bench to net a 20-yard free-kick with two minutes to go to move Madrid up to fourth.

cenallos-cropped_55zdq8o9tuby1kzp5uj5g2t3c Real Madrid's Dani Ceballos.

Madrid started well and they took the lead in the 13th minute, Modric blasting a drive into the top-left corner from just outside the penalty area.

Vinicius Junior fired straight at Pau Lopez at the end of a flowing move as Madrid kicked through the gears, Antonio Barragan making a wonderful challenge to halt another rapid break.

Canales recorded the first Betis shot on target two minutes into the second half but Keylor Navas, deputising for the injured Thibaut Courtois, got everything behind the shot.

Navas was beaten in the 67th minute, however, the impressive Giovani Lo Celso sending Canales clear of the Madrid defence to squeeze his shot through the goalkeeper and over the line.

Spain La Liga Canales celebrates with Joaquin after scoring against Real Madrid. Source: AP/PA Images

The goal was subject to a lengthy VAR review, giving the home fans an agonising wait, but replays showed Dani Carvajal was playing Canales onside and the goal stood.

Solari ignored Isco as he used his last two subs to bring on Ceballos and Brahim Diaz for his La Liga debut, with the decision justified in the 88th minute.

William Carvalho gave away a free-kick on the edge of the Betis box and Ceballos took responsibility, bending the ball round the wall to beat Lopez.

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