Zinedine Zidane on the touchline, (c) Real Madrid Twitter.

3 talking points as Real Madrid drop more points in La Liga

Real Madrid were held to a stalemate by Real Betis in what was their third winless result in the last four matches in all competitions.

Real Madrid lost further ground in the La Liga title race, as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Real Betis at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium on Saturday evening. Los Blancos now risk falling five points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid, who will play on Sunday.

An uneventful match, coupled by a slow and lacklustre performance by the home side’s forwards meant that they were unable to break the deadlock. It is 17 matches without defeat for the Whites in all competitions, but drawing games certainly does not help their cause, which is of defending the title with just five matches left.

Betis, meanwhile, set a historic record of not conceding any goal away at Real Madrid for four years. Since being defeated in March 2017, the Verdiblancos have played four times at the home of Los Merengues, winning and drawing twice each, without concession.

Here is a look at the three talking points from the match.

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REAL MADRID SAVED A LOSS BY THEIR DEFENSIVE UNIT

Real Madrid may have very well been on the losing end as inarguably, Real Betis created the most clear cut opportunities in the match. That being said, Thibaut Courtois rose to the occasion and made two important saves, whereas Eder Militao and Raphael Varane had good games as well to keep a potentially troublemaking opposition at bay.

Dani Carvajal had an appreciable outing in his right-back role as well, in what was his first start in La Liga for over two months. Nacho Fernandez, a man in-form recently, did not have the best of games and was troubled by Emerson, who drifted forward quite often. Madrid now have four successive clean sheets, but just one win in those four outings.