Rakitic avoids Betis’ blow to Sevilla

Draw (1-1) in the derby with whistles at the Pizjuán


Sevilla and Real Betis signed a draw (1-1) this Sunday in the derby held at the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán on matchday 13 of LaLiga EA Sports, a distribution of points although the feelings do not improve in Nervión, against a neighbor who he forgave

The stands whistled at their team at several moments of the ‘great derby’ and ended up pointing to the board, asking for their resignation. Sevilla is still in strong tide and a great goal from Ivan Rakitic avoided the total debacle of a team without a clear direction with Diego Alonso.

The Uruguayan coach who replaced José Luis Mendilibar a month ago has not yet found his style in a Sevilla team that is saved from a worse situation in the League based on draws. Betis, who finished seventh in a day won by Athletic Club and Real Sociedad, forgave more and better chances with a stellar Isco.

The former Sevilla player, who was insulted in bad taste by his former fans, was the best in the match and led a clearly Betic first half. The man from Malaga forgave the 0-1 in the first seconds of the derby, in a header alone in a small area. Guido touched the goal and Bellerín had it disallowed for offside.

Isco’s festival continued but Dmitrovic raised the wall in the local goal. Sevilla took notice with the whistles and in the second half they at least wanted to bite, with more control of the ball and playing in the opposite field. Youssef En-Nesyri didn’t get what he had right and the derby began to be filled with the tension and inaccuracy of two teams with no desire to lose a game like this.

Then Ayoze, the other great Betis great, appeared to make it 0-1 with quality 20 minutes from the end. The match, back and forth, was left open, unfortunately for Betis without the control or the punch to end the emotion. Luiz Henrique had it and a poisoned cross from Bellerín almost went in, after Sevilla allowed themselves to breathe during the break at 1-1.

The one that hit the net was Rakitic’s missile, from very far away and close to the squad, to give a little joy to the Pizjuán fans, although with the final whistle he did not hesitate to recover his anger. Gudelj also had his classic shot that almost went in, but Nervión’s team reacted late and not enough to turn around a season that is going in the wrong direction.