Nono relives his worst nightmare with Betis in Bratislava

The Cadiz midfielder missed the decisive penalty of the shoot-out against the KuPS, just as he had happened as a Verdiblanco in the 2014 Euroderbi against Sevilla.


José Antonio Delgado Villar 'Nono' revived this Thursday what is possibly the worst nightmare of his football career, when he failed in the penalty shootout the shot that eliminated Slovan from Bratislava in the second previous round of the Europa League. It happened in Finland, against the KuPS, when the Cadiz midfielder saw goalkeeper Virtanen stop him on the fifth and final shot in the series.History has been primed with Nono, who on March 20, 2014 also became one of the unfortunate protagonists of the first and so far only Sevillian derby in continental competition when he also missed the last shot of the shoot, which was stopped by the goalkeeper Portuguese Beto. In those round of 16, Betis had won at Sánchez Pizjuán in the first leg (0-2) but lost by the same result days later so that, after extra time, it was the fateful point that decided fate.

Interestingly, that series was very similar to the one played in Finland, a single game this time due to the pandemic. After the 0-0 with which the 90 minutes ended, Medved advanced to Slovan as soon as the second part of extra time began so that Udoh tied in the last breath and thus forced the shoot. After four consecutive hits from 11 meters, Niskanen failed in the local team, but the errors of Ratao first and Nono later left the result of the penalties in a favorable 4-3 and the classification for the Finns.

"Beto cheated on me and not me on him", Nono has recognized about that famous penalty in 2014, which would undoubtedly mark his career. Betis painfully relegated to Second, with just 25 points, the Cadiz left in 2015 on loan to German Sandhausen before being transferred to Elche months later. After a loan at UCAM Murcia he has played for the Hungarian Diosgyor and for two and a half years he has played for Slovan in Bratislava in Slovakia, where at the age of 27 he seems to have found stability and even success. He has a contract there until 2022. Hopefully this new setback will not be decisive again in his future as a footballer.

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