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Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane hailed his side's "character" after they came from behind to win a "crazy game" in Sunday evening's 5-3 La Liga victory at Real Betis. The Portuguese has been in fine form coming into the game, having netted five times in his last two appearances and will once again look to wreak havoc against the Betis defence. "He´s a player who can cause a great mess to the rival with very few chances to score and we all know this".

However, shortly after the half-hour mark the Costa Rica worldwide could do nothing to deny Mandi levelling things up, as the 26-year-old rose above Casemiro inside the six-yard box and latched on to yet another sensationally delivered cross from Joaquin before powering his header home sparking absolute bedlam behind the Real Madrid goal. "We thought we could change the game - and we changed it". "The second half was completely different, we were spectacular", he added. With the quality we have, if we play in the opposition half we can make it hard for any opponent. 24-year old Loren has scored thrice in his last two games, spearheading Betis to victories and will once again be their chief threat going forward on Sunday night.

"I value the game of Marco, with his two goals and participation".

"But it's not just the dirty work, it's everything they do, from playing up and down the wing, to opening up the pitch, to defending". He has always maintained that, at the end of every season, he will sit down with the club's president, Florentino Pérez, to take stock and decide whether he remains in the post.

Madrid took an early lead through Asensio but Betis, thanks largely to the evergreen, effervescent Joaquin, scored twice in four minutes to turn the match around before half-time through Aissa Mandi and a Nacho own-goal, strikes which followed Marcelo limping off with a hamstring injury for the visitors.

"We hope nothing serious has happened to Marcelo", Zidane said.

"It's day to day, I do not see myself beyond what we're doing and I want to finish this season".

Also unlike PSG, Betis showed a positive intent and determination to win the game rather than sitting back nervously, and their first half display in particular further strengthens their reputation as one of the most watchable teams in football - and Setien's as the purist's coach.

Low is said to have been a long term target for Florentino Perez, but AS don't sound too excited about that option.

Madrid recovered superbly after the restart, though.

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