Deportivo Alaves boss Gianni De Biasi has lamented a missed penalty appeal and a goal ruled out for offside after his side lost 2-0 to Real Betis.
“We played a good game, we had lots of chances to beat the opposition, but we had a goal ruled out, which looked different on the TV. We also had a penalty appeal turned down and a possible red card. We lost 2-0 after decisions killed us at the most important time, ” he told reporters following the game.
“I do not speak of the referee, I speak of the facts that I have seen on the field.
“We had the chance to tie the game, it’s pretty clear, you can the it again in slow motion. But we have tried everything to draw and win.”
Having conceded six goals in a crazy game against Valencia last time out, Betis looked far more defensively assured against admittedly a far weaker side offensively in Alaves. Perhaps a measure of the respect that Betis are beginning to gain from the rest of the league, Alaves were willing to sit off Betis for much of the match, leaving skilled playmakers such as Joaquin Sanchez lots of time to pick a pass.
Betis started the match as the dominant side and made their advantage count early on when the young Paraguay international met a pinpoint cross with his head after some excellent slow, measured build-up from Betis and expertly guided it into the corner of the net.
Betis were evidently keen to stretch the pitch and provided great width on both flanks, which resulted in more chances but also the occasional breakaway from Alaves, all of which amounted to nothing. The other big chance of the half also fell to Sanabria, the ex-Sporting man found himself through on goal but failed to show the same composure that he found for his goal.
It was De Biasi’s Alaves that started as the stronger side after the interval however, with Betis keeper Antonio Adan forced into two magnificent saves in the 52nd and 54th minutes respectively to keep his side ahead.
The side from Vitoria were made to rue those missed chances midway through the half when some more excellent build-up play led to Alaves defender Alexis Ruano sliding the pall agonisingly past his own goalkeeper, with the latter scrambling desperately to keep it out.
Both sides had big chances late on in the match and it is clear that, despite the clean sheet, there is still some defensive work to be done for Betis.
However, they now sit in sixth place in the table, level on points with fierce rivals Sevilla as things stand, a start to the season that few Beticos could have hoped for. It’s a stark contrast to today’s opponents Alaves who, despite being competitive in today’s match, have now lost eight out of their last nine games in La Liga and sit second bottom of the table.