Real Betis 2-2 Sevilla: El Gran Derbi draw secures European football for visitorsMay 12, 2018
Sevilla will be the happier of the two sides after an intense Gran Derbi ended with the draw securing European football for them next season, in part thanks to Atletico Madrid’s win over Getafe.
On the other hand, for the hosts it means Real Betis lose their grip on fifth place to Villarreal on goal difference with one game left to play.
Yet it was Betis’ Marc Bartra who scored the first goal as Joaquin’s pinpoint free-kick met his forehead and was directed beyond David Soria and into the back of the net to cue raucous celebrations around the Benito Villamarin.
Another fierce El Gran Derbi
A series of frustrated challenges flew in with the likes of Pablo Sarabia and Clement Lenglet picking up bookings, though the worst challenge of all came from Andres Guardado in true Nigel de Jong style as his boot planted on Roque Mesa’s chest, only earning him a yellow card.
Just before the hour mark, Wissam Ben Yedder levelled the score with a calamitous goal as he slipped in the box, landing on the ball, swinging a leg at it as the ball bounced off of Aissa Mandi, only for the striker to get back onto his feet and poke the ball into an empty net.
The Frenchman was involved again as Simon Kjaer scored to give his side the lead for the first time, pouncing on the striker’s flick to rifle home.
Real Betis fight back against Sevilla
It took just two minutes for the hosts to react, Loren Moron being the one to benefit from luck this time as his initial flick of a boot was saved by Soria’s legs but bounced off of the young striker who made sure that the ball was fired into the roof of the net.
Sevilla will host Alaves in the final game of the season next weekend, while Real Betis travel to Leganes in search of taking back fifth spot.
Real Betis: Pedro Lopez; Antonio Barragan, Aissa Mandi, Marc Bartra, Jordi Amat, Ruben Durmisi; Fabian Ruiz, Javi Garcia, Andres Guardado (Ryad Boudebouz, 46); Joaquin (Cristian Tello, 73), Sergio Leon (Loren Moron, 59).
Sevilla: David Soria; Gabriel Mercado (Wissam Ben Yedder, 45+1), Simon Kjaer, Clement Lenglet, Sergio Escudero; Roque Mesa, Steven Nzonzi, Pablo Sarabia (Miguel Layun, 46), Ever Banega, Nolito (Franco Vazquez, 85), Sandro Ramirez.