Real Madrid defeated by Real Betis as Ronaldo returns from suspension

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Joe Hart had been the last keeper to shut Madrid out in the Champions League semi-finals of 2016 against Manchester City.

The return of the French striker will be a boost for Zidane after Real Madrid have only scored nine goals in the first five games of the campaign - with Barcelona netting 17 in the same time.

Ronaldo Nazário attended a charity function at the Proyecto Deportivo Benéfico Fundación Clínica Menorca, which specializes in breast cancer research, on Thursday and spoke to reporters about the current situation at Real Madrid after Wednesday's defeat by Betis. They didn't even play badly, but as Sergio Ramos said: "Last year we won some games we didn't deserve to and this year it looks like the opposite but we can't go mad about it".

"Did we only lack the goal?".

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He played tribute to his keeper saying: "He cost us a goal two weeks ago against Villarreal so I'm really pleased for him".

Asked about Ronaldo and his performance, Zidane said: "I don't think I've had anxiety in either Cristiano or the team". It means a lot, makes us stronger and gives us a huge shot of confidence.

Zidane said: "Today the ball did not want to go in. And lately we are finding it hard to score at home". Zidane added: "We have to wait for the next opportunity to change that run". [Antonio] Adan was superb, but we had chances and attacks.

Saturday's match is the 25th meeting between Madrid and Alaves in La Liga, with 21 victories for Real, two draws and only two wins for the Basque side.

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Angel Correa opened the scoring 10 minutes into the second-half by finishing off a flowing move involving Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez.

The French soccer player stated, 'I feel very happy because there is plenty of time I am here and it has flown.

Raul Garcia scored in injury time but it was too little too late for Athletic. Alaves remain without a point or even a goal after five games as Luisinho's victor handed Deportivo la Coruna a 1-0 win for their first victory of the season.

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