Mandi condemns Míchel on ice

The defender scored a strategy goal unopposed. The Huesca looked for the tie after the expulsion of Paul but Sanabria put the second for Betis.


Míchel was gambling for the position of coach on the ice of El Alcoraz and Mandi with a header in a strategy play that ended the hopes of the Huesca. Those of Pellegrini pulled the slate to take three points that move away from the low positions of the classification. Huesca tried to equalize the match when they had one more player than Betis, but in the final stretch of the clash Sanabria decided the match with another header.

Fekir was the first to fire between the three sticks. The pressure from the Andalusians created havoc for the locals and after a robbery by Pellegrini's men came the first dangerous shot that Álvaro Fernández managed to stop. The locals wanted to dominate the clash, aware of what they were playing, but the verdiblanco team was quite clear that the Huesca could hurt the counter. The Andalusians had found their weak point and in another deep pass came a dangerous foul from Insua. Canales's launch met the elbow inside Sandro's area and Cordero Vega whistled a penalty. The VAR acted and the Cantabrian reviewed the play to rectify and cancel the maximum penalty.

In the harassment of Betis there came a clear chance for Loren when he was heading into the final stretch of the first half. The forward received only in the small area and his shot went out when Álvaro already looked beaten. For Míchel's men, the only dangerous arrival of the locals was before the break, with a shot from outside the area by Sandro Ramírez, who cleared Bravo to reach the end of the first 45 minutes with a zero draw, although the dominance of the Sevillians had become clear throughout the first half.

At the restart, Míchel made a double change to try to stop the Betis and with the entry of Jorge Pulido and Borja García the match was equalized. The entrance of the Madrid midfielder was very good for the Alto Aragonese and saw gaps that had gone unnoticed in the visitors' defense, finding Rafa Mir in danger between the lines. The balance leaned towards the Barça side and especially by Galán's band, where dangerous actions took place.

However, Betis knew that Huesca suffered a lot from set pieces and in a strategic move, Pellegrini's board gave the Sevillians the goal. Mandi was in charge of finishing in the small area without opposition. Something that did a lot of damage to the locals, who knew that they were playing a lot and that supposed a very clear opportunity for Juanmi, who with everything in his favor could not sentence the match. Then Paul saw the second yellow and increased the suffering for the visitors. Míchel's men sought a tie and Okazaki failed to score when he received a pass from Ontiveros in a frank position. The one who decided on the horn was Sanabria, with a goal that broke his drought and that leaves the Vallecano coach sentenced.


Pellegrini: "The team was very focused"

"The team played a good game both in defense and attack. The team was very focused and we have to keep looking for results. We had a lot of goals conceded and we didn't want to receive children's goals. We have managed to leave a clean sheet in several games and we have had enough chances to win 0-2. Guido is a very important player for us and we gave Paul a lot of confidence ".

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