Neither Joaquín seems to have an end nor does his Betis tire of winning in 2021. The Andalusian team, very well managed by Manuel Pellegrini , came back in a wonderful way against Alavés, who won 0-2 at halftime and left Benito Villamarín very touched. He came close to a victory that took him out of the relegation places, but which turned into a bitter defeat. Alavés are sinking in the relegation places and Betis is settling in the European positions with their fourth consecutive victory. With this epic victory, the Betis are sixth, five points behind Villarreal, seventh. It was a good Betis victory, based on faith and the quality of the Betis spare parts, in the case of Joaquín and Borja Iglesias , who turned the game around and shot Betis' benefits on the eve of going to Sánchez Pizjuán next Sunday.
Betis conceded first with a very discreet first half, but knew how to react with football, games and goals, demonstrating a confidence in their possibilities that triggered their benefits. The funny thing is that Alavés had the option to make it 0-3, but Robles made a vital save against Pellistri. Pellegrini put Joaquín and Borja Iglesias on the field, Alavés got tired and Betis began to hit. First with a penalty from Borja, committed on a great Fekir. Then, on the back of the incombustible Joaquín (39 years old), who made the head tie. Alavés could not believe what was going to happen in the last minute. Caught in a counterattack, Borja finished him off with a superb header.
BetisJoel, Sidnei, Juan Miranda, Mandi, Emerson, Canales, Guido Rodríguez (William Carvalho, min. 73), Aitor Ruibal (Joaquín, min. 45), Guarded (Borja Iglesias, min. 45), Nabil Fekir (Paul Akouokou, min. 89) and Juanmi (Tello, min. 73) Alavés Pacheco, Rubén Duarte, Laguardia, Lejeune, Ximo Navarro, Luis Rioja (Íñigo Córdoba, min. 85 ), Manu García, Facundo Pellistri (Pere Pons, min. 65), Rodrigo Battaglia (Pina, min. 64), Joselu and Edgar Méndez (Martín Aguirregabiria, min. 74) Goals0-1 min. 11: Joselu. 0-2 min. 23: Edgar Méndez. 1-2 min. 60: Borja Iglesias. 2-2 min. 80: Joaquin. 3-2 min. 87: Borja Iglesias. Referee Javier Alberola Rojas Yellow cards Edgar Méndez (min. 22), Rodrigo Battaglia (min. 30) and Ximo Navarro (min. 76)
Football, how could it be otherwise, punished the gray staging of a Betis that came out before Alavés too confident in his good career. For sure, Pellegrini had planned a game playing with the anxiety of Alavés, entrusting the rest to the talent of the recovered Fekir and Canales. But there is no approach that supports the gross individual errors that the green-and-white footballers exhibited. Sidnei showed a catalog losing a ball and making an absurd foul on the edge of the area. The barrier was opened for Joselu to do the rest with a powerful shot that entered through the center of his goal.
Betis had given away, hitting their lack of defensive intensity. Juanmi had the chance to tie, but Leujene prevented it. Alavés, motivated by his goal, looser after arriving loaded with fear at Heliópolis, stretched out in an action where the Betic defense crunched again. Rioja easily left Guido and put a soft ball into the area. Miranda slipped to let Edgar finish with absolute ease in the area and practically without jumping. Alavés, who had only scored 20 goals in the entire tournament, already had two on their scoreboard in 25 minutes showing great efficiency. Logically, with that advantage on the scoreboard he backed down to defend his magnificent income. At Betis, with Canales disconnected, only Fekir tried, although with little success.
The game looked very bad for the Verdiblanco team. Especially after Robles saved the third goal on a Pellistri counterattack. It was the moment in which Pellegrini began to play the pieces of his equipment in a masterful way. He understood that the party needed courage and daring. And he gave it to her. Joaquín and Borja Iglesias entered. Then Tello and William Carvalho . He closed the gap with a penalty committed on Fekir that was transformed by Borja Iglesias. Alavés was feeling fear, defending worse and worse. Betis, immersed in a great streak, put their rival in their area until they tied. It was Joaquín, 39, who scored a header in the area that is quite unusual in his repertoire. It was the night of a Betis that overcame the good first half of Alavés and its mistakes to close the game with a great counterattack in the last minute. Borja made a great header to center from Emerson to make it 3-2. Betis, on the eve of the derby, shoots up and is capable of anything directed by a good coach such as Pellegrini.