The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

Real Madrid slump at Betis as Spanish title hopes suffer


MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid suffered a major setback to their Spanish title hopes when they slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Real Betis on Saturday, handing Barcelona the opportunity to open an 11-point gap over their bitter rivals on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho's side remain eight points behind leaders Barcelona and five off city rivals Atletico who they host in the Madrid derby next Saturday.

Betis midfielder Benat Etxebarria's third goal of the season decided the game on Saturday.

All of his goals have been hit from outside the area, and he proved once again why Vicente del Bosque has been including him in recent Spain squads.