Real Sociedad caught an important goalless draw at Betisa direct rival in the fight for fourth place in the standings, which entitles them to play in the Champions League next season, so the Gipuzkoan team maintains a six-point advantage over the Sevillian with seven games to go before the conclusion of the tournament.
The visitors started well but already in the second part they were trailing the locals, who looked for the goal although they were not successful for it. A tie was signed that, as a lesser evil for Betis, makes them win the particular coefficient between the two contenders after winning the first round 0-2 in San Sebastián.
The defeat of the Verdiblancos last week in Pamplona against Osasuna (3-2) and the triumph of the txuri urdin team against Rayo Vallecano (2-1) made the Gipuzkoans appear in Seville with those six points ahead of the Sevillianwhich, together with Villarreal, is the one that disputes the fourth place in the classification.
The game was expected to be intense and even, but at the start it was the visitors who were the best placed on the field and those who tried it first on the rival goal, in this case the one defended by the Portuguese Rui Silva, who had to be both at the shots of Brais Mendez and the Norwegian Alexander Sorloth. The Japanese Take Kubo also had a good option but the left back Juan Miranda got in the way of the ball, although this gave an idea that Real came out very willing and that Betis could not find fluidity with Sergio Canales hooking up with Ayoze Pérez , this Tuesday the most advanced player when Borja Iglesias stayed at the start on the bench.
The locals took almost half an hour for the goalkeeper Alex Remiro to intervene, after a poisoned shot by Aitor Ruibal, and also the hydration break helped Pellegrini to give some instructions with which he would see more balance on the pitch, something that the Chilean achieved it because his team began to press ahead and with it so that the rival no longer saw it so clearly.
In the second part, the Betis coach started Borja Iglesias and the Brazilian Luiz Henrique and left out the Mexican Andrés Guardado and Rodri Sánchez, with which he tried more mobility on the wings to give play to a pure center forward as he is the Galician point The Sevillian formation was in this period the one that took the initiative and enjoyed occasions to make it 1-0, with which Alguacil also moved the bench to rebuild a scheme that was being surpassed by the adversary, for which the hydration break Now it could have been better for the San Sebastian team.
From then until the end, Betis tried, but always hasty and without precision against an opponent who knew how to play the last minutes without going through great difficulties.
0 – Betis: Rui Silva; Aitor Ruibal, Pezzella, Luiz Felipe, Miranda; Guido Rodríguez, Guardado (Borja Iglesias, m.46); Rodri (Luiz Henrique, m.46), Willian Carvalho, Channels; and Ayoze.
0 – Royal Society: Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Aihen (Aritz Elustondo, m.73); Zubimendi, Illarramendi (Merino, m.62), Brais (Silva, m.62); Sorloth (Carlos Fernández, m.73), Oyarzabal (Barrenetxea, m.62) and Take Kubo.
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (Valencian Committee). He admonished the visitors Zubimendi (m.38), Aihen (m.57) and Zubeldia (m.59) and the local Guido Rodríguez (m.56).
incidents: Match of the thirty-first day of the Santander League played at the Benito Villamarín stadium in front of some 42,000 spectators. Before the match, a minute was saved by the Betis player in the nineties Luis Márquez, recently deceased. In addition, the Real players wore mourning bracelets in memory of the Gipuzkoan journalist Iñaki Mujika, who also died a few days ago.