Real Betis have been one of the best sides to watch in Europe this season. Rarely is there a boring match where they are involved. This game against Getafe in front of 45,000 Beticos was no different.
As has been the case in the last number of their matches, Betis started the game slowly. They misplaced a number of passes early on with some finding the touchline rather than a green and white shirt. This lack of accuracy was forced upon them by Getafe who didn’t give the home team any time on the ball.
Getafe set themselves out to be difficult to break down and that is exactly what they were. With the impressive Djene leading from central defence, he marshalled all around him. They sat in with six defenders on multiple occasions in the opening 30 minutes.
Getafe’s first goal came from a mistake from Betis centre back Amat fouling Angel. It wasn’t to be the last mistake he made all night and proved Zou Feddal was missed. This mistake was costly however as Getafe scored from resulting free where Bergara headed in following poor defending from Joaquin. Adan’s position for the goal was questionable also as he was nowhere near the ball as it crossed the line. Real Betis 0 – 1 Getafe
Getafe, even with less than 30% possession, stole a second goal on 33 minutes. Counter attacks have been a mainstay in Betis conceding goals this season and Getafe took advantage of this. Tosca was comfortably beaten on the right by Molinero, who looked to play ball across the box but was deflected out by Mandi. The ball found its way to the feet of Portillo who found space and finished into bottom left hand corner. Real Betis 0 – 2 Getafe
Two minutes after conceding, Betis had opportunity to get one back. Tello skipped down left hand side and found Sergio Leon inside the box. He spun after controlling but couldn’t put his shot either side of Guaita in goal. Not having his best game, Sergio Leon looked a frustrated figure all night.
In the opening stage of the second half, Betis were slow at switching avenue of attack from left to right. The spaces were available on both wings but didn’t take advantage of it. They were also very frustrated by Getafe’s high intensity and pressure being applied.
As good as Getafe were at defending however, their attacking could do with improvement. After cutting open Betis twice in one minute after winning ball back high up the pitch, they failed to score. Angel showed how poor Amat was tonight but couldn’t finish in both clear cut situations – two missed opportunities to go three goals clear. Getafe winning the ball so high up was clear fruit of their labour and hard work.
After Angel missing his chances, Betis looked to seize the opportunity. Clearly high in confidence, Sanabria (on as a substitute) received the ball on the edge of the box from Tello. Turned onto his left and finished with venom into the right hand bottom corner. Real Betis 1 – 2 Getafe
Getafe went very close to creating one-on-one situations on the break only for Javi Garcia to break up play with a header or interception. His importance to the team is huge. He adds a balance and is the only player suitable to that number six position.
Ryad Boudebouz came on with 30 minutes left in the game and really made it his own. He took up Guardado’s positon in the centre of the park as the Mexican moved to left wing. An unusual position for the Algerian to take as he played as a winger during his time with Montpellier.
At this stage of the game, Getafe had minimal interest in attacking. An unusual sight in La Liga was on show tonight with Getafe’s goalkeeper launching the ball downfield as soon as he received it.
Boudebouz scored the equaliser after receiving ball from Tello 30 yards out in front of goal. He controlled it with his favourite left leg and ripped a right footed shot past Guaita into the left hand post from 25 yards out. The best part about this goal form Betis’ perspective was Sergio Leon halting the celebrations to restart the game in order to seek a winner. Real Betis 2 – 2 Getafe
The mentality Setien has instilled in his players is incredible. They came very close to grabbing a winner on the 89th minute when Tello ripped a ball across the box but went across to the other side of the pitch.
Going forward, both teams have a lot of positives to take from tonight’s match. Real Betis will be pleased they stuck to their game plan even after going down 2-0. In doing so, they clawed their way back into the match to grab a point.
Getafe will be happy with their defensive performance for 70 minutes but tired out after that. The hard work and intensity by Getafe players started to show from then on as numerous players fell with cramp. Two individual moments of shear brilliance by Betis were difficult to cut out however. They will be more disappointed with their strikers, particularly Angel’s finishing. He had two chances to make it 3-0 and failed twice.
Best performance of the night was from Djene at centre back for Getafe. He marshalled Getafe throughout and could be seen with arms up giving instructions regularly. He didn’t do too bad overall himself either, making nine clearances, three interceptions, two tackles and managed to maintain 91% passing accuracy. Reminds me of Eric Bailly and wouldn’t be surprised to see him take a similar career path.