In that same field and in a similar way, Messi drew a splendid header in the 2009 Champions League final against United. More than twelve years later, a young Brazilian from Betis, Luiz Henrique, took to the skies of Rome to give the Andalusian team a prestigious triumph in Europe. It was also the victory of a style, that of Pellegrini, against Mourinho’s Roma, who compete very well with their weapons, but had to surrender to the splendid shot of Luiz Henrique, a Brazilian who made art with his head. Betis, also supported by a good Bravo in difficult moments, ended the clash between the olés of the 4,000 fans displaced to the Italian capital. This mature Betis knew how to suffer after an excellent first half to beat Roma and almost certify their pass to the next round. And he did it by overcoming the injury of his main player, Fekir. Betis is the leader of Group C with nine points, with a great number of victories. In the other group match, Helsinki and Ludogorest tied at one.
Rui Patrício, Ibañez, Smalling, Gianluca Mancini, Matic, Nicola Zalewski, Cristante (Mohamed Camara, min.79), Zeki Celik (Leonardo Spinazzola, min.4), Paulo Dybala (El Shaarawy, min.79), Tammy Abraham ( Belotti, min.71) and Nicolo Zaniolo
Bravo, Luiz Felipe, Pezzella, Aitor Ruibal, Juan Miranda (Alex Moreno, 75 minutes), Canales, Joaquin (Rodri, 59 minutes), Guido Rodriguez, Guardado (William Carvalho, 74 minutes), Fekir (Luiz Henrique, 21 mins and Willian Joseph (Borja Iglesias, 74 mins)
Goals 1-0 min. 33: Paulo Dybala. 1-1 min. 39: Guido Rodriguez. 1-2 minutes 87: Luis Henrique.
Referee Matej Jug
Yellow cards Luiz Felipe (min. 28), Bravo (min. 31), Guardado (min. 32), Gianluca Mancini (min. 70) and Pezzella (min. 82)
Red cards Nicolo Zaniolo (min. 92)
Betis is beginning to compete on important stages, against teams of a certain size such as Roma. The interesting thing, furthermore, is that he does it by being the protagonist and faithful to an idea of possession and touch that gives a touch of distinction to his football. In the historic Roman Olympic, the crossing of styles was evident between the physical and fast game of Mourinho’s Roma against the Betic elegance. Pellegrini has given a seal to Betis, which was planted in the capital of Italy supported by 4,000 faithful and a game management that submitted to Roma. A team where high-quality players play, as in the case of Dybala and Zaniolo.
Touch by touch, meter by meter, Betis became the owner of the game. Fekir threw the post as a sign of Andalusian dominance. It happened before the first unexpected blow came. Fekir himself was injured after 21 minutes. The second was a penalty at the hands of Aitor Ruibal. A totally avoidable action. Dybala scored. Roma, without doing too much, was winning the match. Betis, mature, overcame the two blows. Boosted by the hierarchy of Guido and Canales, Betis maintained temperance. Guido equalized with a good shot from the edge of the area. Dybala tried the same, but Bravo made the stop of the night.
Bravo himself made another spectacular intervention against Cristante to keep alive a Betis team whose performance dropped somewhat in the second half. Roma pressed, because they are a good team, but the Betis team knew how to wait for their opportunity. The Guido-Canales couple no longer dominated the game so much, but it was two kids, Rodri and Luiz Henrique, who struck at the right time. Minute 88 and the good game of Betis was reflected in a measured cross by Rodri that Luiz Henrique scored after a great header. Beticismo enjoyed and Pellegrini beat Mourinho in this prestigious victory for this good Andalusian team.
La Real strengthens its leadership
La Real complied with expectations and beat Sheriff (0-2) at home, to lead the group with full victories in three games and with Manchester United, who beat Omonia (2-3) with difficulty, to three point difference. It was difficult for Imanol’s team to take the point of the match. It was in the second part when he showed his superiority. A play by Merino, who opened towards Sorloth, led to the subsequent shot by Silva for the top corner to open the can in the 53rd minute. Later, the local Kyabou earned the second yellow card, and at the free kick, Aritz combed the Brais closed center to close the game and put Real with one foot in the next phase. Reports Jon Rivas.
Morales feasts on the Conference
In the bronze category of European football, the Conference League, Villarreal completed the Spanish plenary session with a win against Austria Vienna (5-0). There was no color in a duel in which Emery’s men took the lead very quickly. After fifteen minutes, Chukwueze faced two defenders and after driving them crazy, he crossed the ball to the far post where Baena was waiting, who equalized the first goal of the night at the Ciutat de Valencia. The winger assisted Danjuma before the break and in the second half came the Commander’s festival. Three goals from Morales, his first yellow hat-trick, to become the top scorer in the competition tied with Baena (4 goals each). The victory puts Villarreal with a foot and a half in the round of 16, leaders of their group with three wins in three games. Reports Luis Villaescusa.
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