When you play 38 games in a season, there’s always going to be a couple where it just seems everything went wrong, and that was true of Villarreal’s match today.
Daniele Bonera, who had played so well of late, was sent off after half an hour for a straight red card, about which he could have no complaint—it was a horribly mistimed tackle. And Betis started a youngster, Loren Morón, who nabbed both their goals in his Primera debut. The first was a golazo from outside the area in first-half stoppage time; maybe Sergio Asenjo will feel he could have gotten a hand on it, but it was, in truth, perfectly arrowed across him. The second was even luckier, a shot that deflected into the net and gave Asenjo no chance at all.
Villarreal played poorly on the whole, but still could have come away with a point. Carlos Bacca hit a post when the score was still 1-0, unfortunately a great chance late on fell to Alvaro, who could do nothing with it, and although Bacca converted a penalty (Cheryshev clearly hauled down in the box), it just wasn’t our day.
Wasn’t Betis defender Feddal’s day, either—he ruptured his Achilles tendon early in the second half and will be out for six months.
Best player: Bacca, I guess. More by default than anything else.