The Atlético de Madrid added a point (1-1) at the Benito Villamarín stadium in a gray match, where the best for his interests was the tie with which he maintains the leadership in LaLiga Santander with eight days remaining, although the Betis got him in trouble with his desire to settle down in the European zone, in which he is now ranked fifth.
The Atlético had the problem of the casualties that it brought accentuated During the match with the injuries of the Portuguese Joao Félix and the English defender Kieran Trippier, inconveniences that he noticed a lot against a rival who exposed more in the second half.
Cristian Tello’s goal in the twentieth minute countered the one scored by Belgian Yannick Carrasco at the start of the match. The scoreboard did not move any more in a meeting in which it seemed that both were satisfied with the tie.
Like seven days ago at the Sánchez Pizjuán, andHe from Villamarín was another litmus test for Diego Simeone’s men, but now with even less margin for error after Real Madrid’s victory over Barcelona on Saturday, temporarily unseating Atlético from a leadership in which it had been installed for months.
For it, The Argentine coach counted on the last minute withdrawal of the Frenchman Thomas Lemar due to some discomfort in the back of the thigh, who joined the Uruguayan Luis Suárez, Marcos Llorente and the French Geoffrey Kondogbia, all three sanctioned, plus the also French Moussa Dembélé, who continues with individualized training due to the slight drop in tension that caused him to faint two weeks ago and half.
He was able to somewhat alleviate those absences with Belgian Yannick Carrasco, who has already served a penalty game; the Portuguese Joao Félix, after two away games -sanction and injury-; and Montenegrin Stefan Savic, who did not play against Sevilla due to gastrointestinal problems.
In front of them, Betis also played their part in the fight to occupy European positions, and more after knowing previously the defeat of Villarreal at home against Osasuna and that Real Sociedad had not gone beyond the draw in the field of Valencia.
Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini also had significant casualties, that of forward Borja Iglesias and Mexican midfielder Andrés Guardado, both injured, plus that of central Víctor Ruiz, who was suspended.
Pellegrini revolutionized his lineup, to which the central defender Marc Bartra returned after several months injured and in which he did not use any specific striker as an exit and did use band players such as Aitor Ruibal, Joaquín Sánchez and Cristian Tello.
The visiting team could not start better, because in the first approach, and after a great combination play, Carrasco had the coldness inside the small area to beat the Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo with great solvency.
The goal came before the fifth minute was up and a new game began with Madrid’s advantage against a rival who found Atlético intense and who had a hard time overcoming, to the point that before When the first quarter of an hour was fulfilled, Saúl Ñíguez had a very clear to put the 0-2, but the goalkeeper of the Verdiblancos responded very well to his header.
Atlético and Betis forgave, in their first dangerous action, met with a good pass from Alex Moreno to Tello, who, as a false striker, skillfully finished off from the center of the area impossible for the Slovenian Jan Oblak.
That new tie gave the locals energy to press forward and force the visitors to play a lot and make plays but without the surprise factor of the start, with which the game entered balanced and with alternatives to the final stretch of the first period and to the rest, to which Joao Félix arrived injured due to a blow to the right ankle in the last play.
The Portuguese came out in the second to test himself but at the moment he fell to the ground to be replaced by the Uruguayan Lucas Torreira, with which Atlético increased its problems of lack of cash in a match that remained even, with respect between both contestants and waiting for one of them to make a mistake.
The first to try was the Brazilian side Emerson Royal with a header to which Oblak responded, but Betis saw some instability in the opponent and began to be more protagonist, even Pellegrini put Juanmi Jiménez to look for more gunpowder.
Simeone also moved the bench, with the entry Víctor Machín ‘Vitolo’ and the Brazilian Renan Lodi, to recompose the drawing and recover sensations but Betis did not leave him and even Aitor Ruibal and later his replacement, the Mexican Diego Lainez, enjoyed opportunities for 2-1 .
In spite of everything, the Argentine Ángel Correa also had two already in the extension, but Claudio Bravo was attentive so that the marker did not move any more.
1 – Betis: Claudio Bravo; Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Álex Moreno; Guido Rodríguez (William Carvalho, 90), Canales; Joaquín (Juanmi, m.63), Aitor Ruibal (Lainez, m.75), Fekir and Tello.
1 – Atlético de Madrid: Oblak; Trippier (Vrsaljko, m.78), Savic, Giménez, Hermoso (Lodi, m.64), Carrasco; Saúl Níguez, Herrera (Vitolo, m.64), Koke; Correa and Joao Félix (Torreira, m.48).
Goals: 0-1, M.05: Carrasco. 1-1, M.20: Tello.
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (Balearic Committee). Without reprimands.
Incidents: Match of the thirtieth day of LaLiga Santander played at the Benito Villamarín stadium. No public due to the health protocol due to the covid-19 pandemic.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.