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Espanyol continues without winning but closes its visit at Benito Villamarín with a point that knows three. Without the best of his versions, seeing how Betis traced the initial goal of Aleix Vidal and with the feeling of general blocking. But that’s how football is, when Pellegrini’s men were left with ten, the parrots reacted and Cabrera, in 97 ‘, started a more than valuable draw. Today the addition did help.
Bravo, Álex Moreno, Víctor Ruiz, Pezzella, Bellerín, Guido, William Carvalho (Guarded 70 ‘), Rodri (Camarasa 65’), Fekir, Canales (Juanmi 66 ‘) and Willian José (Borja Iglesias 70’).
Diego López, Óscar Gil (Wu Lei 61 ‘), Sergi Gómez, Cabrera, Pedrosa, Darder, Morlanes (Keidi Bare 46’), Melendo (Loren 46 ‘), Aleix Vidal (Melamed 81’), Embarba and Raúl de Tomás ( Dimata 90 ‘).
0-1 M.16 Aleix Vidal; 1-1 M.41 Willian José; 2-1 M.45 + 4 Fekir, 2-2 M.90 + 7
Mateu Lahoz (Valencian) TA: Edgar (9 ‘), Guardado (88’), Bravo (90 ‘), Fekir (90’) / Morlanes (37 ‘), Aleix Vidal (75’), Pedrosa (75 ‘), From Tomás (90 ‘). TR: Pezzella (78 ‘)
Benito Villamarín Stadium
The first quarter of an hour of the game was a mirage of what was to come. Espanyol came out determined to take the first victory of the season but that momentum was short-lived. The air was blowing in favor, Víctor Ruiz was injured after five minutes, his substitute, Edgar, looked yellow two minutes after entering and Espanyol scored the first chance they had.
Pedrosa recovered a ball for which a foul was called and the play ended with a back pass from Raúl de Tomás who picked up from the second row an Aleix Vidal who, with a sevillista past, celebrated it like never before. Hand to ear, Villamarín’s pressure cooker with the signing of the parakeet and the first scorer of the former Barça player.
The goal, far from sitting good for Espanyol, became a slab. Betis took the helm of the game and began to step on Diego López’s area. Óscar Gil almost gave the tie with a back transfer that was a punishment but Willian José was not successful in his shot. Nor did Rodrigo, who from the front took the rejection and sent the leather to the wood.
Rodrigo himself found the stick again after a good hand from Diego López and what was simmering ended up arriving. Canales destroyed the defensive fabric of Espanyol with a pass that left only Willian José, who this time did not forgive. Pedrosa was about to take it out but the side finished putting it inside.
Manuel Pellegrini’s team, who had one more point of intensity connected, did not lower their guard. It was corroborated by a Héctor Bellerín who at the edge of the break caused the 2-1. The winger fought a lost ball inside the area, took it and gave the goal to a Fekir who screwed it out of the reach of Diego López. Total return to the tortilla with a hard blow before the break.
He did not change the script excessively in the second half despite Vicente Moreno’s changes after the break. Neither Morlanes nor Melendo left after the holiday and Loren and Keidi Bare entered their place. Betis was able to extend the distances but Fekir’s shot was taken by Diego López with a saving stop.
With the passing of the minutes the Betic offensive tendency was diluted and Espanyol began to gain meters, they are scoring chances but Moreno’s men felt much more comfortable on the green. The story still changed more with 15 minutes remaining. Pezzella arrived late to a set with Aleix Vidal, he nailed the studs and the image of the leg was quite spectacular.
The color of the card was, at first, yellow but the VAR changed it. After passing through the screen, Pezzella saw the direct red. It was a golden opportunity for Espanyol to try to get at least one point from Villamarín. The final arreón arrived and with eight minutes to go, Espanyol tried everything. And he achieve it. Cabrera picked up a Betic rebound to hook an unstoppable volley. A goal that signed a sweaty point and that although it is not a victory, the feeling is similar.