The genius of Fekir appears in the ‘Betis moment’

A ‘Maradonian’ genius from Nabil Fekir, just in the 70th minute, at which point Real Betis is confirmed as the highest-scoring team in the major European leagues, and another goal shortly after Juanmi, who had just come in for refreshment and it is the fifteenth that a Betic player contributes from the bench – more than anyone else in LaLiga – he returns the Verdiblancos to the victorious path that was truncated in the derby last Sunday. Pellegrini’s men have already added eight victories in the twelve games played in 2021 and seriously threaten the fifth place of Real Sociedad, which they equal in score before it receives Barcelona on Sunday.

Levante was the first to warn, with a double chance for Morales and De Frutos when there were only 4 minutes into the game, by taking advantage of the risks assumed by Claudio Bravo when taking the ball, although Aissa Mandi soon began, who made a superb game, to put order back and allow his team to take command of the game, prowling Aitor’s goal with great danger from the 25th minute, which Fekir, Álex Moreno, Borja Iglesias and Guarded put to the test before the break.

After the same, it was again Levante who warned first, with a shot from Morales, centered, who did not have excessive difficulties in blocking Claudio Bravo, and this time the verdiblancos took longer to take over the reins of the crash and it was the granota who were a good time stepping on rival field and forcing the yellow of Guido, who had to be substituted after the hour of play.

Pellegrini’s changes, as almost always, were once again decisive. And the solvency of the team in the final bars, too. With William Carvalho on the field, the ball became the property of Betis again. Fekir signed a true masterpiece in the 1-0 play – leaving four rivals behind – and shortly after Juanmi extended the streak of the Betic substitutes, the highest scorers in La Liga. With everything decided, Fekir failed 3-0 on a resounding occasion after a heel hit by Canales that he will still be lamenting.

25 C. Bravo 13 Aitor Fernandez
22 Emerson twenty Miramón 83 ‘
2. 3 A. Mandi (6 OR. Duarte)
6 V. Ruiz 14 R. Vezo
fifteen Alex Moreno 4 Rober
twenty-one G. Rodriguez 66 ‘ 19 Carlos Clerc
(14 W. Carvalho) 18 J. De Frutos
18 A. Saved 17 N. Vukcevic 77 ‘
twenty D. Lainez 66 ‘ (7 Sergio Leon)
(7 Juanmi) 10 E. Bardhi
8 N. Fekir eleven Morales 77 ‘
10 S. Channels (two Are)
9 Borja Iglesias 90 ‘ 9 Roger
(17 Joaquin) twenty-one D. Gómez 77 ‘
(12 M. Malsa)

Goals:(1-0) N. Fekir (70 ‘), (2-0) Juanmi (75’)

Cards:L G. Rodriguez (57 ‘), W. Carvalho (84’)L

Referee: Gil Manzano (C. Extremeño)

Spectators: Behind closed doors at Benito Villamarín

THE BEST The eight victories in 2021 of Betis, which threatens the fifth position
WORST Levante dissolved after conceding the first goal