Real Betis 0-2 Sevilla (Agg: 2-2): Penalty shoot-out sends Sevilla through
Sevilla hauled themselves back on level terms in the tie, with goals from Reyes and Bacca. Deadlocked at the end of the game, the tie headed into extra-time. Following another tense thirty minutes, the lottery of penalties ensued, with Sevilla winning the shoot-out 4-3.
Plenty of intensity from the two sides as the game began, but also many imprecisions and off-key efforts in the opening stages. Bacca went for glory in the 7th minute, when he should have chosen a ball to Rakitic, with the Croat free in space for Sevilla. At the other end, Baptistao tried a volley on the edge of the area for Betis in the 9th minute, but he caught the ball completely wrong and the effort whizzed well off the mark.
Bad news for Betis regarding their every increasing injury list in the 13th minute, as Perquis took a heavy knock. After Bacca tried to flick a shot past Adán, but couldn’t find enough direction, Betis replaced Perquis for Nono in the 15th minute.
Amidst the battles for possession and attacking momentum, it was Sevilla who edged themselves ahead in the 20th minute. Alberto Moreno getting enough space to pop a cross from the left flank into the area and there losing his marker, Jose Antonio Reyes with the finish. A lifeline for the visitors, with one more goal needed to level the tie.
Up to the half-hour mark, the intensity remained as high as ever between the two sides, but as they both exchanged counters, neither could find the telling ball or shot in the final third.
Sevilla started to gain more control of play and as the game headed towards the interval, the visitors were forcing Betis back into their own half with more frequency. The home side held firm until the interval, but the Benito Villamarin crowd was full of nerves.
Betis started brightly as the game resumed, but Baptistao had a half-volleyed effort strike a Sevilla defender, as they tightened up at the back. Weathering that spell of pressure, the visitors constructed a good move as Mbia was sent through on goal, but Adán was alert to the danger, out quickly to block as the midfielder got his foot behind the ball to finish.
In the 50th minute, Sevilla made their first change of the game, as goalscorer Reyes was replaced by Coke. Whether uncertain by the tactical changes Emery wanted to deploy or whether Betis were gaining more confidence, the visitors had to then withstand strong pressure. Juanfran came close, then Baptistao stole the ball from Diogo in the 57th minute, before smashing a shot a fraction over the crossbar.
More pressure came from Betis after the hour mark, as Rubén Castro sent through a lovely through ball for Baptistao to chase, but only to drive the finish into the feet of Beto in the Sevilla goal in the 64th minute.
Play then switched in the other direction and between corners they forced, Bacca missed the target. Betis felt it was time for their next change and clearly exhausted from his high-tempo game and efforts, Baptistao was replaced in the 73rd minute, by Salva Sevilla.
After Rubén Castro saw and effort saved in the 74th minute, after a swift counter from Betis, in the very next moment, Sevilla had the tie back on level terms. Another assist from Alberto Moreno, permitted too much space to sent the ball across for Bacca to strike first time. The away fans were in dreamland and their team were keeping their promises.
Having levelled the tie, time for another change from Emery on the sidelines for Sevilla, as Vitolo came on for Mbia, a more attacking minded move. Betis immediately tried to show the initiative then, but as a dangerous ball came into the area in the 78th minute, Rubén Castro couldn’t get it under control and the chance was lost.
After Lolo Reyes fired off-target in the 82nd minute and with the clock ticking towards the prospect of extra-time, both sides were fighting hard for every ball and every yard of territory. A free-kick presented Betis with another opportunity as the game headed into stoppage time, but Salva Sevilla could only fire into the wall. A final substitution with another thirty minutes looming, as Calderón sent on Molina for Lolo Reyes in the second minute of injury time for Betis. Juan Carlos then with a chance in the final minute of the game for Sevilla, but he couldn’t strike it through the wall.
So, into extra-time and thirty more minutes of the European derby battle. Betis took more of the initiative and play was mostly in the Sevilla half, as Rubén Castro had an effort blocked following a free-kick in the 97th minute.
Sevilla then started to take a more patient approach, when they finally got hold of the ball. The home side hustled and bustled, but when Juan Carlos cut inside well from the left to float in a cross, it was just over the head of Molina, looking to get on the end of it.
Incredibly in the 104th minute, Sevilla had a golden chance to take the game and the tie. Gameiro through to shoot, but his effort was parried well by Adán. Bacca leapt high to head in the rebound, but there was the Betis keeper with another block, before his defence cleared to safety. Carlos Bacca then had to be stretchered off the field with cramp, in the final moment of the first fifteen of extra-time, replaced by Jairo, who was greeted by a yellow card, for trying to come on too quickly.
Still tense, still on a knife’s edge, the second fifteen minutes of extra-time began. Once more, Betis tried to take the initiative, but Sevilla kept battling for possession in midfield and making crucially timed blocks and tackles. Eventually though, after showing good momentum, Salva Sevilla had a shot blocked, then Cedrick fired over from outside the area in the 107th minute.
A scrappy spell of imprecision from the two sides followed, with neither able to take control, but both Betis and Sevilla trying to open up spaces wherever they could find them. Defences remained tight though and with no further goals, the game headed to penalties.
Rubén Castro (Scored)
Salva Sevilla (Scored)
N’Diaye (Hit the post)
Nono (Beto saved)
Vitolo (Adán saved)
Real Betis 0-2 Sevilla (Aggregate: 2-2) Penalties: 3-4 to Sevilla
Referee: Pedro Proença (Portugal)
Real Betis XI: Adán; Amaya, Perquis (15′), Jordi, Juan Carlos; Lolo Reyes, N’Diaye; Juanfran, Cedrick, Baptistao (73′); Rubén Castro.
Subs: Nono (15′), Salva Sevilla (73′), Molina (90′+2)
Yellow Cards: Nono (31′)
Sevilla XI: Beto; Diogo, Fazio, Pareja, Alberto; Reyes (50′), Mbia (76′), Rakitic, Marin; Gameiro, Bacca (115′).
Goals: Reyes (20′), Bacca (75′)
Subs: Coke (50′), Vitolo (76′), Jairo (115′)
Yellow Cards: Mbia (19′), Diogo (45′), Coke (89′), Fazio (90′+4), Jairo (115′)