Borja Iglesias keeps Betis' European dream up

The forward leads the Verdiblanca comeback by signing two goals after leaving the bench. Alavés sinks in the table after wasting a 0-2.


The appearance of Joaquín and Borja Iglesias gave Betis their fourth consecutive victory in the League to keep the European dream alive after a comeback manufactured from the baton of Manuel Pellegrini. The Verdiblanco coach won the battle against Abelardo to raise a 0-2 thanks to his changes after the break. Two goals from Panda and one from Joaquín that sink Alavés further into the relegation zone.

Pellegrini's team had taken the controls of the crash and Juanmi, who started as nine, warned five minutes after a connection with the recovered Fekir. But Alavés was comfortable. He waited and found his prize when after ten minutes Sidnei made a mistake in the exit of the ball and gave a free kick on the edge. Joselu did not err, who took advantage of a hole in the Betic barrier to place the first one. Betis risked more, Alavés found more spaces, who managed to hook a counter in a good combination between Rioja and Duarte so that the side threw a cross into the area and Edgar found the collaboration of Miranda to put the second. His own mistakes sapped Pellegrini's morale.

The Verdiblancos then threw their caste, the same one that has him fighting for Europe after a good start to 2021. Canales was driving, Fekir was shooting again and again. But Abelard's wall seemed impenetrable. Pellegrini pulled Joaquín and Borja Iglesias in the resumption, although it was Alavés who had the sentence on two clear occasions from Edgar and Pellistri. The lack of Albiazul punch gave life to the Verdiblancos, who found their goal without much brilliance when Fekir was smarter than Duarte and caused a penalty that Borja Iglesias did not forgive. Canales created from a more backward position and Abelardo brought in Pina to contain the frenetic pace of the local team. He got it half done. But in the absence of ten minutes Joaquín entered the scene to finish off a corner from Canales with an unstoppable header for Pacheco. A new duel began.

Alavés trembled in the final minutes and Betis took advantage of it, connecting a lethal triangulation in which Borja Iglesias finished off to perfection a measured service from Emerson. Betis dreams of Europe. Abelardo trembles.


The Alavés coach, Abelardo Fernández, lamented the "lack of concentration" of his players in the comeback he suffered this Monday in the Betis field (3-2) and said that "winning is very difficult" when certain mistakes are made, for what he considered that they should "live the games for ninety minutes" .

Abelardo assumed that the Vitoria team has suffered "a big stick", since it has not "deserved to lose" but "the twenty not good minutes" of its players "have penalized it against a good rival, but there is no other choice but to get up" "On Saturday a very important game arrives" against Cádiz in Mendizorroza.

For the Asturian coach, "today's game has been good", although he repeated that "the stick is hard, it was a shame" and could penalize Alavés against a "fundamental game" like the one on the next matchday.

"If we were in the middle of the table we would have won the game but when you are down these things happen," Abelardo stressed at the press conference after the match.

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