0-0. Betis kept the draw by a narrow margin for the entire match

Seville, April 21 (EFE). Betis suffered a first zero tie at the Benito Villamarín in a match played almost entirely with a lesser player because he was sent off in the 11th minute with a direct red kick from Frenchman Nabil Fakir, the conditions that Athletic faced. He did not take advantage of this, as he was not clearly in control of the confrontation against an opponent who had not lost faith in victory.

The draw, fourth in a row for Betis and fifth for Atletic, left no team happy, although the circumstances made Verdeblancos more satisfied, because the point could be their merit in the struggle for fifth place in the standings, and even more so when he is in. In the final minutes, the visiting team scrambled for victory.

The two teams jumped in order to overcome disappointments, the Basques, after the fall, also in Seville, in two Copa del Rey finals that were played in two weeks at La Cartuja against Real Sociedad and Barcelona, ​​and Betis after accumulating three. Successive draws in his career to settle in European positions.

The two coaches, Chilean Manuel Pellegrini in Betis and Marcelino García Toral in Athletic, have moved their home teams a lot compared to their previous appointments, also bearing in mind the arrival of another LaLiga match at the weekend.

In the case of Bilbao, he arrived in Seville with several absences, such as the last minute of international center back Nego Martinez due to gastroenteritis, but in addition to that, his coach left key players on the bench like Inaki Williams and Raul. Garcia.

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The visitors’ squad came the most focused on the match, so much so that after three minutes John Morcello had to take advantage of Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo in a shot that also demanded a penalty.

Soon after, in a throw in midfield, Fekir entered Unai Vicendor strong, and the referee, after consulting with the video assistant referee, fired the French international player in direct red.

The thought left the field in 11 minutes and disturbed all of Pellegrini’s plans, but despite that, Athletic did not boldly take the attack against one of the competitors who wanted possession of the ball to alleviate his numerical inferiority and leave Borja Iglesias as the striker. Player.

The visiting team, as the match progressed towards the break, got meters and more prominence, but without speed enough to surprise Petek’s organized defense, who did not give up on approaching Unai Simon’s goal, especially in set pieces.

In the second half, Betis came out without obstacles to achieve victory and take advantage of strategic play, to the point that Algerian midfielder Issa Mandi scored it, but the referee, after consulting again with the video assistant referee, canceled the goal for offside.

It was a warning to Marcelino’s men, who had not shown at the start of this period that they had another player on the ground against an opponent who redoubled their efforts and watched how the ball blocked another attack on the crossbar.

Biscayan’s team was already reacting at the last stage of the accident, especially with the entry of Unai Lopez, who was stopped by Claudio Bravo, who soon after also had to intervene against another player, Raul Garcia.

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Thus, with Athletic turning more, Betis searched for the counterattack to solve and in the extension had opportunities to score the two, first Asier Filiber, who met the cross from the home goalkeeper, then Mexican Diego Laines.

– data sheet:

0 – Betis: Claudio Bravo; Emerson, Mandy, Bartra, Miranda; Guido Rodriguez, Canales (Bull, M. 87); Aitor Roebal (Guard, M77), Fakir, Tilo (Linz, M65); And Burga Iglesias (Lorraine, AD 65).

0 – athlete: Unai Simon; De Marcos, Nunez, Balenziaga, Lecco; Berenguer (Iñaki Williams, m.82), Vencedor, Vesga (Unai López, m.62), Morcillo (Ibai Gómez, m.68); Sunset (Raul Garcia, AD 62) and Filaliber.

Referee: David Medi Jimenez (Catalan Committee). He dismisses Betic Fekir (m.11) in direct red to intervene against the opponent. He warned visitors de Marcos (M 43) and Unai Nunez (M 95), the locals Guido Rodriguez (M 55), Guards (M 82) and Claudio Bravo (M 88).

Accidents: The match of the 31st day of LaLiga Santander was played at the Benito Villamarín Stadium, without spectators. The players of both teams took to the stadium in shirts that included slogans contrary to the creation of the European Premier League.

Antonio Gutierrez

(C) The EFE Agency

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