Espanyol asserts itself against a tired Betis | Sports

Matchday by matchday, play by play and goal by goal, Espanyol negotiates their way through the League with admirable courage and a work plan if their resources are taken into account, scarce compared to many of their rivals, as was also the case with Betis. The joyful march of the Verdiblancos for the championship came to a halt at the penalty spot in their matches against Barça in the Super Cup and Osasuna in the Cup. Betis have stopped to think about what is wrong with them and have lost the thread of the game that They gave footballers like Fekir, absent at the RCDE Stadium.



Álvaro Fernández, Cabrera, César Montes, Óscar Gil, Brian, Javi Puado (Melamed, min. 80), Aleix Vidal (Calero, min. 72), Darder, Vinicius, Joselu and Braithwaite (Rubén Sánchez, min. 80)



Bravo, Pezzella, Abner, Edgar González, Aitor Ruibal, Guido Rodríguez (Rodri, min. 60), Luiz Henrique, Guardado (Joaquín, min. 74), William Carvalho, Canales and Borja Iglesias

goals 1-0 min. 43: Braithwaite.

Referee Pablo Gonzalez Strong

Yellow cards Guido Rodríguez (min. 24), Javi Puado (min. 26), César Montes (min. 55), Rubén Sánchez (min. 88) and Aitor Ruibal (min. 90)

He reached Espanyol with a goal – his fourth on his account – by Braithwaithe, a day laborer as a footballer and also a wealthy investor, to resolve a match that always revolved around Diego Martínez’s plan. Very well standing on their field, the blue and white team waited for the opponent and forced goal situations in the transitions managed by Darder’s ingenuity. The midfielder took advantage of a ball won from Betis and put together a counterattack led by Brian Oliván and finished off by the Danish striker after the ball hit Betis behind.

The play was preceded by an excellent intervention by Álvaro Fernández after a header from Borja Iglesias. Luck has changed for Espanyol, luckier in areas, especially his since Álvaro has been confirmed as goalkeeper in his matches against Barcelona, ​​Girona, Getafe and Betis. There are already four games without losing and two consecutive victories that caused euphoria in the blue and white fans gathered yesterday at the RCDE Stadium. No one asks for the resignation of the rectors of the club anymore, but rather the squad of Diego Martínez is applauded in chorus.

Espanyol was stronger, faster and more upright against a Betis that was too quiet, very reinforced in the midfield and, on the contrary, not very offensive despite the presence of Canales. The green and whites couldn’t face a very compact and defensively neat adversary since the arrival of central defender César Montes. There were hardly any arrivals from Betis after Braithwaite’s goal while Espanyol had a second goal disallowed for a debatable foul on Puado after Cabrera’s header hit the crossbar. Not even Pellegrini discussed Espanyol’s victory.

The changes of the Verdiblanco coach did not change the paleness of his team, lacking in rhythm, without imbalance in attack and too vulnerable every time the ball was taken from him, with no other intention than to freeze the game to surprise Espanyol with individual quality. Very few arguments to overcome a very serious, competitive Espanyol and stupendously well worked by Diego Martínez, whom the club abandoned to its fate due to the absence of the requested signings, supported in return by the irreducible supporters of Espanyol.

The blue and whites, who had not been able to beat their rival in the last nine games, climbed up the table after occupying the relegation zone while Betis needed to recover troops and air despite the incorporation of yesterday’s rookie Abner.

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