BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Real Madrid stumbled in a tight Spanish league title race after being held at home by Real Betis to 0-0 on Saturday. Madrid has left two points behind leader Atlético Madrid, which can take a big step toward its first title since 2014 if it wins at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
The slip came three days before Madrid started its Champions League semifinal against Chelsea in the Spanish capital. In a toothless outing for Madrid under steady rain at its Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium, the closest the host came to scoring was Rodrygo’s errant cross hitting the crossbar in the 55th minute.
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