Eibar clung to life with a late draw against Betis who missed a great opportunity to secure their European qualification. Those of Mendilibar, technically limited, took advantage of the weak second half of those of Manuel Pellegrini, who threw a good first act overboard before the subsequent push of Eibar. Betis started well, but was disfigured in the second half, when the local team beat them in all facets. Eibar, with that point, still have options for salvation, leaving Huesca three points behind. Betis adds a point that, seen as seen, is good and allows them to remain in sixth place, although tied with Villarreal.
There are games, such as those in Ipurua, that need a modification of the usual team game. Betis de Pellegrini understood it. The Chilean gave rest to footballers like Canales, Joaquín and Mandi, placing pure wingers like Tello and Lainez, looking for the backs of a team that usually advances its defense. This Betis de Pellegrini, captained by Fekir, started very well. At four minutes, Guarded ended in a goal a game started by Fekir himself and continued by Emerson and Lainez. Eibar, who had just won their last two games, accused the blow. Nobody plays like the Basque team anymore, in continuous search for the second play, putting ball after ball in the area in actions learned mathematically by a starting eleven that Mendilibar put into play for the third consecutive time.
Betis knew how to adapt. He worked a lot, safe in defense, to the point that Eibar did not create a single chance of danger in the first half dominated in areas by the Andalusians. It is possible that Betis lacked a little control of the ball, but it is also that Eibar squeezes a lot. In the same way, those of Pellegrini accumulated arrivals with great danger. Counterattacks played with precision in search of spaces. Tello had it and saved Dmitrovic. The clearest came also in a great action from Fekir within the area. The world champion changed pace inside the area and Dmitrovic saved his shot.
Eibar had the resource of the epic. Search almost desperately for a comeback that would feed their options for permanence. Betis left the game unexpectedly. His second half was so discreet that Eibar insisted and insisted, using their weapons, against a rival without arguments. Sergi Enrich tied after a double error by Bravo and Bartra on the mark. Correa’s center was impeccable, although both the goalkeeper and the center-back offered too many facilities. It was the right prize at the insistence of a team that, despite its limitations, never stopped believing in a draw that allows it to continue to nurture some hopes of salvation. Eibar will play next Sunday against Valencia and must win their match and wait for Huesca, Valladolid and Elche to fail. Betis, meanwhile, will be in Europe if they beat Huesca or Celta do not win their game at the Camp Nou against Barcelona. Sunday’s day is very exciting both in the fight for the title and for Europe and salvation.