He Betis complied with the procedure and beat Aris Limassol 4-1, which consolidates it as first classified in group C of the Europa League of soccer, although the happiness was not total because in the final shots the Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was injured and it could jeopardize their participation in next Sunday’s derby against Sevilla, for which the other goalkeeper of the first team, the Portuguese Rui Silva, is also out.
A match was played in which the Chilean team Manuel Pellegrini They had a good opportunity to consolidate their qualification for the next phase and also to do so as first, something not trivial, since passing as leader means entering directly into the round of 16 and thus avoiding a previous qualifying round against rivals from the Champions League.
The Beticos already won on the previous day in Limassol, although the obvious difference in potential between the Spanish team and the Cypriot team was not noticed on the field and the locals made it difficult for the visitors, who They broke the tie at zero with a quarter of an hour left with a goal from Ayoze Pérez.
Aris, coached by the Belarusian Aleksey Shpilevsky, qualified this season for the first time in its history for a group stage of a European tournament and has done so with good feelings, since in this stage they won against Glasgow Rangers (2 -1) and fell with tight scores in their two other games, the visit of Betis and against Sparta Prague (3-2), so they want to keep their dream of moving to the next phase alive.
But Betis at Villamarín, despite making up to eight changes in relation to the previous LaLiga match -Mallorca (2-0)- since their next match is on Sunday in the derby against Sevilla at the Sánchez-Pizjuán, He did not want to give any concessions.
From the kick-off the ball was his at all times and before ten minutes had elapsed, the Brazilian goalkeeper Vaná Alves had already successfully intercepted the attempts of the Portuguese William Carvalho, Rodri Sánchez, the Brazilian Luiz Henrique and the Moroccan Ez Abde.
That local start made the visitors’ coach react from the wing so that the pressure on the ball was increased and the marks were adjusted, which alleviated the Betic dominance and even helped the visiting team enjoy a great opportunity at twenty minutes, when in Dutch Jaden Montnor had a goal disallowed for a tight offside.
The game entered another dynamic but that too gave to Betis spaces to go against And so, after half an hour, the Brazilian Abner Vinicius gave a good service to Borja Iglesia so that he could resolve against the goal and thus break a long streak in which the Galician striker had not seen the net since last season.
With that 1-0 the second half began and also, as in the first, the green and white suffered a scare with another goal disallowed due to another tight offside, this time thirty seconds after the restart and the work of the Swede Leo Bengtsson, who had entered the field for this period.
That incident was only the beginning of Aris’ inertia in search of the goal it defended. Claudio Bravowho saw the integrity of his goal in danger on some occasions, which Pellegrini himself also verified.
The Chilean coach introduced three players who should start in Sunday’s derby in one fell swoop, the Argentine midfielder Guido Rodríguez, the playmaker Isco Alarcón and the striker Ayoze Pérez, and a few minutes later Aitor Ruibal got the second Betic goal and clear up any uncertainty.
Then the Frenchman came out after 75 minutes Nabil Fekir to continue accumulating minutes after the long rehabilitation of his serious injury and the first thing he did was take a penalty that he had given to Isco, but he missed it by saving the ball in the Aris goal.
Despite this, the 3-0 came and was the work of Marc Roca in a match that was already doomed but that had some unwanted moments for Betis, such as the goal by Aleksandr Kokorin, the Russian international striker who reappeared after a month injured, and Claudio Bravo’s injury, which ended with a bandage on his left thigh.
The Chilean goalkeeper’s injury is worrying because the other member of the first team, the Portuguese Rui Silva, is also certain to be out due to injury for the Sánchez-Pizjuán match, although Ez Abde’s goal, already in extra time, rounded off the win (4 -1).