Hay Betis!

Yesterday’s match was one of the most enjoyable ones of the season for me. The fans were in jubilant mood, which was buoyed by the team providing some much needed entertainment, especially for the second half.

Getafe started the game with a super intense tempo, knowing full well that their la liga fate was theirs to determine: get a win and they were safe. They pressed high and hard and put Betis under the cosh coming close on a number of occasions. Scepovic really should have scored from a Sarabia cross but his diving header whistled past the post. But Betis resisted and eventually began to get a grip on the game and came close too when Jorge Molina was slipped through gloriously by Dani Ceballos. The man from Alcoy in his last game in green and white saw his name in lights but couldn’t apply the finish. To be fair Guaita stuck out a huge left hand and made a fine save. Betis should have had a penalty with one of the clearest hand balls you’re ever likely to see from Pereira, but protests were ignored by the ref.

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Battle for mid-table in the Andalucian Derby

Betis suffered a pretty comprehensive defeat last time out against Athletic Bilbao but can set things straight at home to Málaga this evening.

In the Basque Country, Betis were 3-0 down after 50 minutes and it was game over. A late goal by Rubén Castro (who else) made the scoreline look ever-so-slightly more respectable. Athletic were simply hungrier than Betis and wanted it much more. It brought Betis’ six game unbeaten streak to an end but it’s not the end of the world, to go up to the San Mamés and turn them over would have been one hell of a performance.

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