Valencia stopped Betis in their fight to grab the fifth place, which Sevilla had left on a plate to their eternal rival after their triumph against Real Sociedad. The draw was the final result of a match with many alternatives, where Betis scored two strategic goals and was better in the first act. In the second, an absurd penalty from Álex Moreno transformed by Soler was final and did justice, since Betis lacked pause and football to close a result that they had in their favor. Valencia, irregular, but always dangerous, first surrendered to a fast Guedes and knew how to compete with his weapons, coming out with speed to the counterattack. In that second half full of alternatives, the same Bravo saved before a great shot from Musah that Jaume made two decisive stops against Aitor Ruibal, the only change that went well for Manuel Pellegrini, who removed Joaquín and Fekir from the field without Betis will improve their performance. The Andalusian team continues their fight to play in Europe while Valencia wins a point that moves them away from the dangerous zone of the classification. Valencia had packaging, very punished by casualties and injuries, capable of competing against a Betis that lacked hierarchy to win a match that had opted for two fabulous goals.
When work and quality are combined, the strategy can produce true works of art. Only from talent and insistence, plays like those seen in Benito Villamarín in the first half where Betis was better than Valencia can be captured. Betis’ goals were as beautiful as the Sevillian spring afternoon, a combination of intelligence and quality that unraveled an acceptable Valencia, dedicated to the game on the counterattack.
Betis’ first hit came at 12 minutes, when a corner kick ended with a volley from Fekir with his left foot that beat Jaume. Joaquín cut Canales out and he returned the ball to him so that the veteran footballer, a tireless source of talent, could warm it up from the band on the edge of the area. Fekir’s goal could have continuity in another action of enormous quality by Tello. A play mark of the house of another footballer returned to the window by Pellegrini. The winger’s launch came off the goalpost of Valencia. Betis, bossy, with Canales in command and a good game of possession, was surprised, however, in a quality action by Guedes. The Portuguese launched from outside the area falling before Emerson’s harassment. Bravo reacted late and the draw came. Valencia is not a big player now, but it keeps some treasure in its safe. Guedes is one of them.
With the match tied, Betis beat themselves in another strategic action. Joaquín, always Joaquín, had been ahead of Guillamón, who knocked him down. The foul, somewhat distant, ended in a goal from Canales with a tremendous shot with the left. The prolegomena linked the speed of Fekir with the precise touch behind Joaquín leaving the area. A virguería with a great colophon.
Betis had a clear chance as soon as the second half started, with Jaume stopping a great shot from Tello. The Betic team was clouded and could not manage its advantage. Little by little his game thickened, to the point that Valencia became dominator of the game. The tie came in an absurd hand from Álex Moreno, although always with Guedes in the middle. Soler scored and Pellegrini removed Fekir, perhaps touched by a blow, and Joaquín, without Lainez or William Carvalho contributing too much. The crash went into crossfire. Valencia arrived with danger and Bravo saved against Musah. In the end, amid so much vertigo, it was Jaume who ended up giving Valencia a point. The goalkeeper made two great stops in two actions by Aitor Ruibal. Everything was in a draw that frustrates Betis something, but that can be good after the defeat of Real, and that makes Valencia something that practically does not play anything.