Real Betis 0-2 Sevilla: Gameiro goals for Sevilla, bury Betis in the derby
Real Betis made a bright start to the derby, but couldn’t make the most of good chances in the opening moments. A penalty scored by Gameiro for Sevilla and a red card for Juan Carlos, gave the home side a mountain to climb and from there and though they battled, they couldn’t recover. Gameiro finally secured the points for Sevilla, inside the final ten minutes with his second strike of the game.
Real Betis set out full of purpose in the opening moments of the game, pushing Sevilla on the back foot. Jordi couldn’t hit the target with a well positioned free-kick, then in the third minute, Nono smashed a shot towards goal, but Fazio managed to get in the way and deflect it clear. Two penalty shouts came next for Betis, as both Baptistao and Molina went down inside the Sevilla area, but neither achieving a favourable decision from referee Velasco Carballo.
As the game began to open up more, Sevilla also began to push forward on the counter, but reaching the final third, either couldn’t show precision or their route to goal was blocked by stout Betis defending.
Betis were the more dangerous looking side going forward and in the 21st minute, Rubén Castro had a good opportunity, but after shaping to shoot, his shot sailed just over the crossbar. Sevilla looked like they were struggling to prevent crosses from the Betis flanks, which were also proving difficult to clear in the centre of defence. The home side maintained another good spell of pressure, Juanfran sent in another good cross from the right, but Vadillo arriving on the far post, couldn’t make the right connection with the finish.
Controversy in the next action of the game, as Sevilla attacked. In the 27th minute, Juan Carlos challenged Bacca in the Betis area, the Colombian striker went to ground and the referee pointed straight to the spot. A furious Juan Carlos was also shown a straight red card for being the last man, but had every reason to feel indignant, as he made contact with the ball and the decision, debatable. After continued protests, eventually it was Gameiro who struck Sevilla into the lead from the spot.
With the extra man and the lead now, Sevilla looked to take full control of the game, but though it was a struggle, Betis managed to hold them back. By the 40th minute though and looking to shore things up at the back, Calderón sacrificed Vadillo for Chica from the bench.
Just before the interval, Alberto Moreno was involved in a crunch with Rubén Castro, as the pair challenged for the ball. Ultimately, the Sevilla youngster couldn’t continue and he had to be replaced by Navarro.
During the break, Sevilla made a second change as Trochowski was replaced by Vitolo. Still open as a contest, Betis mounted some promising attacks early in the second-half, but couldn’t find the telling pass or shot when they reached the final third of the pitch.
Seemingly content to let Betis do the running, the next chance in the 54th minute, came when Sevilla countered in typical fashion. Gameiro forced through an effort on goal, but was denied by a good save from Adán. When Betis tried to mount any attacks, they weren’t getting anywhere, certainly not when trying through the middle, with Fazio in imperious form in the heart of the Sevilla defence.
A knock spelled the end of the game for Baptistao on the hour mark and Betis had to shuffle their pack once more, with Cedrick his replacement. Two great chances then came for Sevilla to kill the game, first with Vitolo clean through, then Carriço with a header, but both times denied once more by attentive goalkeeping from Adán.
Betis weren’t out of the game yet and Rubén Castro had a chance from the tightest of angles, but enough to squeeze off a shot in the 65th minute, forcing Beto to palm the ball out for a corner at his near post. A moment later though, perhaps Sevilla should have had another penalty, when Betis defender Amaya looked to have handled the ball inside his area. A few seconds of indecision from referee Velasco Carballo, who then decided there was nothing to punish.
As the game opened up even more, play swinging from one direction to the other, Gameiro couldn’t break the Betis offside trap on two occasions as Sevilla attacked with purpose, then Rubén Castro had two good chances, the first on the volley and denied by a crucial intervention from Diogo, then the second a powerful strike in the 70th minute, well saved by Beto.
Sevilla made their third and final change in the 73rd minute, with Rakitic on for Bacca. Betis followed suit with their final throw of the dice in the 77th minute, as Braian Rodríguez replaced Juanfran, arguably the best player on the day for the home side, but exhausted for all his efforts.
Into the final ten minutes and whilst Betis still sought a way back, Sevilla were still looking dangerous on the counter. In the 82nd minute, that danger brought the nail in the coffin, as Reyes and Diogo crafted an opening, with a final ball towards the far-post, Gameiro losing his marker and getting on the end of an easy finish.
Betis were a beaten side, but still they tried to restore some pride, though neither Cedrick from a free-kick, nor Rodríguez with a weak effort on goal, could find the home side a way back into the game. A good Sevilla counter lead byGameiro, almost brought the third goal for the visitors, but Reyes couldn’t find the finish with his weaker foot. Into stoppage time, Rubén Castro had an opportunity to score a consolation for Betis, but his shot was easily dealt with by Beto.
Another harsh derby result for Betis and certainly more reason for them to be unhappy with the match officials. With five games left, fifteen points to play for and still ten points away from safety, their quest for survival now seems an impossible mission. Sevilla nudge themselves closer to 4th place and their dream of finishing in the final Champions League spot, still very much alive.
Real Betis 0-2 Sevilla
Referee: Velasco Carballo
Real Betis XI: Adán; Juanfran (77′), Amaya, Jordi, Juan Carlos; Baptistao (60′), Nono, N’Diaye, Vadillo (40′); Molina, Rubén Castro.
Subs: Chica (40′), Cedrick (60′), Braian Rodríguez (77′)
Yellow Cards: N’Diaye (4′), Juan Carlos (27′ red), Rubén Castro (30′), Baptistao (57′), Chica (61′)
Sevilla XI: Beto; Diogo, Carriço, Fazio, Alberto Moreno (45′); Trochowski (46′), Mbia, Iborra, Reyes; Gameiro, Bacca (73′).
Goals: Gameiro (30′ pen, 81′)
Subs: Navarro (45′), Vitolo (46′), Rakitic (73′)
Yellow Cards: Trochowski (13′), Vitolo (55′)