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Real Madrid vs Real Betis result: Gareth Bale an unused substitute as miserable season ends in defeat

Real Madrid 0-2 Real Betis: Loron Moron and former Madrid striker Jese Rodriguez inflicted a 12th defeat of the season on Madrid

Sunday 19 May 2019 13:13 BST
Ryan Giggs says criticism of Gareth Bale comes with the territory at Real Madrid

Real Madrid's harrowing season came to a fittingly miserable end on Sunday as they slumped to a staggering 12th La Liga defeat, losing 2-0 at home to Real Betis as many fans left the stadium early and those who stayed booed the players off the pitch.

With Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Thibaut Courtois all sitting on the bench, Betis forward Loren Moron put the visitors in front in the 61st minute, completing a sweeping counter-attack by slamming the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

Former Madrid forward Jese Rodriguez sealed the victory for Betis, who finished the season 10th in the standings but have earned away victories at the Nou Camp and the Santiago Bernabeu, by tapping into the net unmarked in the 75th.

Madrid ended the campaign third in the standings on 68 points with their biggest number of defeats in two decades. They finished eight points behind runners up Atletico Madrid and are 18 behind champions Barcelona, who visit Eibar later on Sunday.

In what may have been Bale’s final chance to say goodbye to the Bernabeu, the Welshman was left as an unused substitute by manager Zinedine Zidane, amid reports of a falling out between the pair.

Bale was seen laughing on the bench before disappearing down the tunnel at full-time, and there are strong suggestions that Madrid are now actively looking to offload the £86m signing, with a loan move for next season one option that they are considering.


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