With Claudio Bravo on the bench, Real Betis, led by Pellegrini, delivered a dull presentation against Villarreal and drew 1-1.
Villarreal drew 1-1 on Sunday against Real Betis, who opened the scoring with a goal from Borja Iglesias in the 38th minute. After a match where the locals dominated but didn’t have great chances.
Villarreal celebrated their 100th birthday on Friday, which meant a reunion with Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini, who has seen more in Villarreal’s games. And Quique Setien, who led Real Betis, he is a member.
The match between the two European aspirants was leisurely and not too dangerous. Villarreal were the team that could live in the rival camp, led by Dani Parejo, who dispersed the match to Pedraza’s left flank when he risked his arrival. clear opportunity.
Meanwhile, the blue-clad Verdiblanca’s only chance this Sunday came in two consecutive corner kicks that the local defense cleared without incident, while Betis edged out the Villarreal area in an increase from Aitor Ruivar. started prowling around.
The game was still slow until Rodri’s shot from outside the area rocked the game. A powerful shot hit Pepe’s Reina, who slipped the ball out of her hands and Borja’s Iglesias caught it in a small area and sent it deep into the net (38′).
In the last few minutes we missed big chances with a goal and two clearances. Ramon Terraz cleared a cross into the area as Ayoze and Borja Iglesias scored goals, with German Pezera on the signal to dodge the equalizer in the extra minute.
In the second half, Iremy Pino’s header was caught by Rui Silva, and Gerard’s left-footed shot hit a defender near the top corner. .
In the 55th minute, Terraz put in a cross for Jeremy to beat the goalkeeper of Betic in a fine finish, the goal going out of hand and making it onto the scoreboard after a two-minute review in the VAR room.
As in the first half, Villarreal had the upper hand, but this time they were able to create clearer chances. Rui Silva caught shots from Terratto (m.68) on two stages. His intelligence and vision of the game did a lot for Villarreal, as did Chukwueze’s imbalance, but Real failed to find success in the last few meters to realize his victory over Betis. We saw how Reina won air games and caught some centers without taking undue risk.
The even result left Betis in fifth place with 42 points, three units behind the last team in the Champions League zone (Real Sociedad). Villarreal, on the other hand, are sixth with 38 and have qualified for the conference league so far.
Manuel Pellegrini: ‘A point is almost a victory’
The Real Betis manager said Sunday’s match against Villarreal was all but a win as his side maintain a four-point advantage over the yellow side.
“When opponents like Villarreal played at home and lost, we knew they would push harder. They dominated more and took more crosses, but there weren’t any clear chances. It was a natural reaction, but we responded well and didn’t suffer,” he explained at a press conference.
“If we don’t win, it’s a draw. We had a very good first half, so we might be one more behind. And unfortunately, with a millimeter error, they tied the game for us.” ‘ he added.