Thursday, November 30, 2023

A solvent Betis thrashes a harmless Valencia

Betis won 3-0 against a vulgar Valencia and was reunited with good football, dominating, vertical and precise, and with the goal to break a streak of four games without winning – three in the League and one in the Europa League – at a cost of a Valencian team that, although diminished by casualties, was harmless, without any arrival and not at all reliable in defense in the Benito Villamarin.

The green and white team, with intensity, motivation, firmer back and a good game both in the midfield and in the final, clearly prevailed over its rival with a resounding victory thanks to the goals scored by the 18-year-old young man Assane Diao, at 41 minutes, and already in the second half for Marc Roca in 52 and for the Moroccan Ez Abde in 85.

In a duel marked by casualties, especially in the team of Ruben Baraja Having injured his four full-backs and having to reinvent himself by moving two centre-backs like the young Cristhian Mosquera and the Turkish Cenk Ozkacar to the wings, the Chilean Manuel Pellegrini He continued with his rotations, with up to five changes, to dispel doubts and break a streak of four games without winning, with two defeats – one in the League and one in Europe – and the last two league draws in a row.

Valencia, decimated by its numerous casualties (Jesús Vázquez, Sergi Canós, Alberto Marí, Gayà, Foulquier, Rendall and the sanctioned Amallah), nor did he arrive at his sweetest moment in Seville, after two games without a win – with a defeat in the last one at home against Real Sociedad – and only one win and 4 points added out of 15 in the last five days.

The clash began with rhythm and arrivals in both areas, more frequent in the visitor due to the initial push of the locals, but without a clear dominator. There were no clear chances until halfway through the first half, although the most promising were from Betis, such as an innocent header from Ayoze Perez In the 7th minute he stopped, without any problems, the Georgian Mamardashvili or a high shot of Rodri Sánchezafter prolonging the canary with the head, ten minutes later.

The Betis sought to enter from the wings, with the young Assane Diao on the right and Rodri, who was the most active in trying to overcome the orderly Valencian defense, on the right, although, removing repetitive centers and almost always without advantage for their attackers , they lacked more clarity and the appearance of Isco’s spark to hurt a physical and disciplined rival.

However, in one of those crosses, in this case a free kick taken from the right at 41 minutes, bartra The ball extended in the first instance and then Marc Roca touched it until it reached Assane Diao, who shot on goal and beat Valencia’s Georgian goalkeeper in a set piece action very poorly defended by Pipo Baraja’s team, which lacked more pressure and courage, more arrival in a first time in which he was unable to scare a more incisive Betis.

At the restart, Valencia sought to react with the entry of the youth squad Diego Lopez by Gozalbezvery little offensive and more interested in helping Cenk on the side, and Hugo Duro by Yaremchuk, unnoticed both in attack and in the pressure up front, while Pellegrini had to reorganize his defense when Bartra became resentful and relieved him Chadi Riyadh.

Betis, however, increased its dominance with a more fluid and dynamic football than a Valencia lost and without ideas, that never gave the sensation of generating danger, with a very poor offensive production and, in addition, struggling against the verdiblanco attack, which soon bore fruit for Pellegrini’s team.

Thus, 6 minutes into the second half and after a warning with a right hand from Isco that Mamardashvili deflected with great difficulty and ended up hitting a post, the subsequent corner was taken by the Malaga native and Marc Roca, with an impeccable header as he anticipated Diakhabyput the score at 2-0, which gave even more strength to the green and white team against a powerless and harmless Valencia.

Valencia’s weakness and drift was reflected shortly after, although on two occasions it was helped by the offside position of the Betis players, who were already clear dominators of the game, when goals from Rodri and Borja Iglesias in the 69th and 75th minutes. In between, a timid visitor chance with a high shot from Hugo Duro.

But Valencia’s wound got worse 5 minutes from the end, when the Moroccan Ez Abde, who had entered a quarter of an hour earlier for the young Assane Diao, made the final 3-0 by masterfully finishing off with his right foot, from the edge of the area, a quick counterattack by a Betis team that passed through on top of a Valencia that, despite the losses, never measured up in Heliopolis.


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