Villarreal did not exceed the parity against Betis who took the lead by Reina error. Yeremy’s goal, validated by VAR, rewarded the yellow reaction
The party was not complete at the Estadio de la Cerámica. Villarreal tried to bring them back from Betis and also from the Champions League, after drawing against Real Sociedad, but everything remained as it was after the lead duel with each team ended the season.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men were the better side in the first half, although Reina made a mistake that allowed them to take the lead. Castellón’s reaction to the restart was enough to tie it up but he could not complete the comeback.
Villarreal had not entered the game on a bad foot, commanding and arriving early. Back in possession, Gerardo did not take much risk, but he finished a good cross from Pedraza too strongly, another innovation in the eleven, and his header was wide.
Betis did not take long to equalize the forces in a duel in which both teams tried to get the ball and control, which happened to the verdiblanco as the minutes went by, despite the fact that it did not translate into clear opportunities.
The lack of precision in the last steps in the two areas, leaving one and the other for nothing, was therefore a mistake that tipped the balance in Betis’s side. Reina tried to block Rodri’s shot, but it was powerfully focused and the ball slipped out of his hands.
A goal keeper like Borja Iglesias knows to be on the lookout in the event of similar incidents and was there to find the net despite Foyth’s unsuccessful attempt to avoid it.
The penalty could have been worse for Villarreal who were hated in the game and who couldn’t impose their game, when Terrats intercepted a cross from Ruibal in the last corner, two Betic players were already waiting to finish with Reina. outside of his purpose.
Setién’s team was different after passing through the room and the appearance of Chukwueze, a little primary in the first half, had a lot to do with it. Also Terrats, which grow in every game, and at whose feet equality was born. Lice was sent on loan from Girona with the surgical precision of the defense looking to mark Yeremy, who was the first to hit the net.
The assistant referee disallowed the goal, considering that the canary was offside but VAR, after looking at the actions for several minutes, concluded by determining that this was not the case and the goal was validated.
A much better tie rewarded Villarreal after the break and what was already accumulated before the goal, two dangerous newcomers from Yeremy himself and Gerardo, who was still going to be something of the best at his level.
Both were separated by Chukwueze, who brought down the defense of the Betis team, which lacked hierarchy in the middle of the field of Guido Rodríguez, who was replaced by Pellegrini at half-time.
The Andalusian team barely came close to Reina’s goal during the second half, quite the opposite from Villarreal, who did not stop in the search for a comeback but without the clarity of ideas necessary to create clear chances.
Setién’s changes did not provide more in that sense, although Morales was the one who came closest to scoring. He did, in fact, but after receiving a pass from Gerardo in a clearly advanced position, so VAR was hardly needed this time to indicate the position.
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