The Engineer and god like presence of Manuel Pellegrini brought his side to Emery’s high flying Villarreal only for a 1-1 draw.
Villarreal v Betis is never a disappointing game with both sides playing in the top half of the season. The Yellows drew first blood in the 5 min. Parejo sends in a trademark corner to a un challenged Pau Torres. The Villarreal star launched a beautiful header into the bottom left corner.
Fer Nino was in for the injured Bacca and and Alcacer. His first real chance came in the 21st minute. In a Marcelino style counter attack Mario Gaspar play a long through ball to Moreno. The ball was then curled in on the run. Fer Nino just missed the ball as it flew past his flailing right foot.
Betis were far from helpless and they continually pressed Villarreal’s defence. 24 minute Fekir was taunting the defence and manged to find Ruibal on the right hand side. His shot was saved by a vigilant Asenjo for Betis’ best chance of the match.
Disaster struck just before half time as Villarreal rock in midfield Iborra and their high flying Lb Estupinan went of injured.
As the second half started both sides were hoping for victory as they looked to climb up the table. It was Betis that came out wanting the game more.
51 minutes Betis scored to make it 1-1 as Ruibal unleashed a beautiful first goal of the season. After a corner the ball was cleared just outside of the box. Kubo failed to do any defending whatsoever left an unmarked Ruibal. The Betis player launched a beautiful volley into the top right corner.
Further injuries damaged Villarreal’s drive as newly subbed Coquelin was subbed for Villarreal Legend Jaume Costa.
The game became a physical battle in midfield with very few chances pressing the goal. 65 minutes Gerrard sent a soft header towards the goal which was easily caught by the keeper. 2 minutes later Pino got his only chance on goal which was also saved.
The game was scrappy towards the end of the match ending in a scrappy score of 1-1. The match was stereotypical La Liga 2020 game as neither side deserved to win. Man of the Match Pau Torres for his goal and performance overall