Betis maintained their good streak in the Osasuna fiefdom, where they have not lost since 2014, with a solvent victory against a rival who was overcome by the size of the Verdiblanco team. With a tie on the scoreboard (1-1), Manuel Pellegrini put Juanmi and Willian José on the field, the players who ended up marking the differences. Betis offered a great display on the counterattack, being very effective with spaces ahead. In the last three games, Betis have scored nine goals. It is a team that handles well in attack, although it has some problems in defense. Osasuna clung to the game and had his options in some of Kike García’s maneuvers, but he had no choice but to surrender to the quality of the green-and-white team, which in a flash made it 1-2 to end the Navarrese resistance.
The third goal, in the 93rd minute, was a small work of art. Juanmi unloaded on William Carvalho, who drove to the center of the field, where he sent a measured pass to Willian José. The Brazilian’s touch was spectacular to beat Herrera. Betis won and reaches nine points in the table.
Osasuna and Betis definitely played a good game at El Sadar. The Andalusian team was again refreshed by a coach who has taken the measure. Pellegrini’s positive influence continues at times. With the losses of the starting centrals, Pezzella and Víctor Ruiz, plus Bartra injured, the Chilean gave the alternative to Kike Hermoso, from the subsidiary. The first thing the youth squad did was to dribble in the small area after three minutes. The second, slap Kike García. His third appearance was stellar, as he scored with a powerful right inside the area after a rebound. Betis had adapted perfectly to the El Sadar ecosystem, with Guido and Guardado winning the second balls, plus Fekir and Canales projecting the team in attack.
Osasuna suffered, without spaces to run, with fewer centers to the area than are usual. But it is a good team, which tends to take advantage of the rival’s concessions. Betis came so high that Canales wanted to clear a ball with his heel under the insistent pressure of Rubén García. Because if something Osasuna does well is to press the Cantabrian’s frivolity came just after Borja Iglesias forgave in a counterattack to make it 0-2, with goalkeeper Herrera on a stellar basis. Between this mistake by Borja and Canales’s heel, the ball reached the edge of the area for Roberto Torres, who invented a fabled wall to leave only Kike García, who effectively beat Bravo. This time Pellegrini’s magic didn’t work. His unprecedented pair of centrals (Hermoso-Edgar) was surpassed by the quality of the action of the Osasuna players. Roberto Torres and Kike García, two footballers with quite sharp fangs.
The party moved through the channels of great equality in the second half. Kike and Brasanac had two good chances, answered by a good shot from Guido that Herrera stopped. At the edge of minute 70, fatigue took its toll on both teams, with a couple of plays in which the players were left off the hook. Pellegrini saw it clearly and refreshed his team with the entry of Juanmi and Willian José. Osasuna, who repeated the eleven he won in Vitoria, fell apart as Betis flew to the backlash. In a great game change by Guarded, Montoya got into the area to give Juanmi the goal on a plate, always timely. The Malaga player scored and Betis breathed, even able to round the score with a flag goal and their captain Joaquín, playing the last minutes at the Navarrese stadium.
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