Real Madrid edged past Real Betis to climb into with vanguard sports ,
Betis looked set to earn a deserved point until Dani Ceballos’ late free-kick nestled into the bottom corner.
Real were given an early lead by Luka Modric, but the home side dominated possession and equalised through Segio
Canales after an offside decision was overturned by VAR.
Madrid climb to fourth, but remain 10 points behind leaders Barcelona.
Earlier on Sunday, Lionel Messi became the first player to score 400 La Liga goals as Barca recorded their seventh successive win to maintain their five-point lead at the top of the table.
Real, European champions in the past three seasons, are nowhere in the title race. They are behind third-placed Sevilla on goal difference and a point ahead of Alaves in fifth.
Though they saw much less of the ball, the visitors had the better of the early chances and Modric’s clinical finish gave them a lead they merited.
When Canales got between the Madrid centre-backs and slid in a finish, the goal looked set to be ruled out for
offside, only for VAR to overturn the onfield decision.
Madrid introduced Brahim Diaz, the 19-year-old signed from Manchester City, for his La Liga debut, but were
struggling to silence the raucous crowd in Seville. That was until the intervention of former Betis man Ceballos, himself a substitute.
His free-kick penetrated a flimsy wall and went past unsighted home keeper Pau Lopez to give Madrid their first
league win since their triumph at the Club World Cup in December.