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Brazilian defender says sorry for mistake as Atleti lose to Betis

Brazilian defender says sorry for mistake as Atleti lose to Betis

Filipe Luis has issued an apology after he handled in the area to concede a penalty to give Real Betis a win over Atletico Madrid at the weekend.

Atleti started the stronger of the two teams, debutant Álvaro Morata tried his luck early on, but the strike failed to trouble Pau Lopez.

The first half ended goalless and Filipe Luís replaced Santiago Arias at left back at the break.

Atleti had claims for a penalty dismissed by referee David Medié Jiménez when Zou Feddal brought Morata down in the box.

Before, Betis were handed a penalty 20-minutes into the second half when Luís handled a cross.

Canales was calmly stroked the ball left footed past the outstretched hand of Jan Oblak to seal all three points.

Following the game, the Brazilian international apologized to the club’s fans and his team-mates via Instagram: “After almost 2 months away, I feel happy to play again, although very sad because of my defeat, because of my mistake and I apologize for it, with my heart, now we have to continue working to return to the path of victory.”

Quique Setién’s Betis side have now beaten both Barça and Atleti this season as they end a run of one win in five league games.

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Alongside booking their place in the Copa Del Rey semi-final midweek with a 4-2 aggregate win over Espanyol.

Another positive for Betis was the return of Júnior Firpo who made his first appearance since December. The 22-year-old was also key in the 3-4 Barça triumph earlier in the season.

Betis have now moved up to sixth place, level on points with Getafe who occupy 5th.

As for Atleti, they failed to close the gap between themselves and leaders Barça to three points, and face a revitalised Real Madrid in the Madrid derby next week.