Real Betis 1-2 Deportivo La Coruña: Depor’s great away form continues
All three goals were scored in the second half, but Depor, led by Víctor Sánchez, continue to pick up points and perform well – particularly in grounds that their rivals will drop points in. They look like they will cause a lot of shocks this season.
There was controversy four minutes in.
After being put through in the box, Rubén Castro took the ball to the other side of Germán Lux but was pushed in the box by Alejandro Arribas. Referee Gil Manzano gave nothing.
In the 42nd minute, Fede Cartabia came close to breaking the deadlock. The Argentine received the ball on the edge of the box, cut onto his left foot and unleashed an effort that hit the base of the post and went wide.
Minutes after half-time, Rafael van der Vaart – making his Betis debut after being out with injury – collided with Rubén Castro and, after briefly going down, he got up and walked straight down the tunnel. Dani Ceballos came on to replace him.
Depor gained the lead five minutes later.
Fede Cartabia received the ball, took a touch and unleashed a shot from thirty-five yards out that left Antonio Adán with no chance. As the ball was in the air, it seemed to move from post to post and it ended up hitting the crossbar and going in. 1-0 to Depor.
A further five minutes after that, Betis equalised.
Dani Ceballos dribbled along the area and Petros, advanced from midfield, shot first time across Lux and it nestled in the bottom corner.
In the aftermath of the goal, Ricky van Wolfswinkel came on to make his debut for Jorge Molina while Celso Borges replaced Juan Domínguez for Depor. Borges was instrumental in Depor taking the lead.
With nineteen minutes to play, Depor quickly counter-attacked and took the lead.
Luisinho put a deep cross into the box and Borges was there to head back for the onrushing Fayçal Fajr to volley well past Adán. 2-1 to Depor.
In terms of chances, that was largely it. There are a lot of takeaways from the game, though.
Depor came into this game with a largely rotated squad, but still came through this tough test and got a win. Fernando Navarro, Pedro Mosquera, Fayçal Fajr, Fede Cartabia and Celso Borges were exceptional tonight.
After two wins and a draw away from home so far this season, this is another great win for Víctor Sánchez and Depor, one of La Liga’s most promising managers in charge of one of the league’s most exciting sides.
For Pepe Mel, he’ll be hoping that this defeat was a one-off and that the Benito Villamarín can remain a fortress for his side. If they are to avoid any worries about relegation, it’ll have to be.
Real Betis 1-2 Deportivo La Coruña
Referee: Gil Manzano
Betis XI: Adán; Piccini, Bruno, Westermann, Vargas; Joaquín, Petros, Xavi Torres, van der Vaart; Jorge Molina, Rubén Castro.
Subs: Dani Ceballos (48’), Ricky van Wolfswinkel (59’), Vincenzo Rennella (74’).
Goals: Petros (58’).
Yellow cards: Joaquín (26’), Piccini (42’), Westermann (85’).
Depor XI: Lux; Laure, Sidnei, Arribas, Fernando Navarro; Mosquera, Juan Domínguez; Fede Cartabia, Fayçal Fajr, Luisinho; Jonathan Rodríguez.
Subs: Celso Borges (59’), Lucas Perez (63’), Juanfran (66’).
Goals: Fede Cartabia (53’), Fayçal Fajr (71’).
Yellow cards: Jonathan Rodríguez (44’), Fernando Navarro (75’), Lux (78’), Laure (81’), Luisinho (93’).