Ice and bile afternoon in Prague

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Ice and bile afternoon in Prague

Betis froze in Prague and had to play for qualification against Rangers in the last match of the group stage. Pellegrini’s team closed a streak of 13 games without defeat and did so with a predictable performance in which they did not find any sign of punch. Sparta Prague continued their effectiveness in defeating the green and white team and left the continental future of Manuel Pellegrini’s team up in the air, forced to raise their level to get their ticket to the round of 16.

Betis’ coolness began at the Epet Arena. Its game is similar to other duels in Europe. He wants to control without ending the rule. He wants to cover the spaces without ending up capturing them. He has the personality to resist setbacks and prevent Sparta from finding clear avenues of attack. Ruibal hesitated against Haraslin, but the big actions in the first half came from the green and white side. Fekir turned the spotlight and also wanted to focus on the creative leadership of his team. But nothing is easy after nine months of barely playing. He takes the ball, hides it and imagines spaces. But an iota of verticality is missing in each of his appearances. Assane was clearer: he was bold in his looks and soon tested Vindahl from a distance. Sparta surrendered to Laci’s move and Birmancevic’s appearances. Little, almost nothing, although Betis hasn’t finished adjusting its arrivals to turn them into something valuable.

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Fekir, who was more into creating the play than completing it, found himself with a good opportunity against Vindahl, but his shot lacked spark. Assane has it, and in a great movement he finds a good pass for Borja Iglesias. The Galician, starter this time, wasted the service by not determining precisely against the Czech goalkeeper. There are intentions in green and white. Also a certain air of predictability in his decisions.

Pellegrini wants to change the history of break dancing. Fekir has taken his minutes and it’s Isco’s turn to play. The Malaga man wanted to add more rhythm to the green and white game, but it was Sparta who issued bold warnings. In one of them, Haraslin made his umpteenth diagonal to enter the area and launch a precise shot that stunned Rui Silva. Blow a Betis that can’t find its place on the grass at the Epet Arena. Ruibal ventured on board without much incident as Pellegrini looked for an alternative plan to damage a formidable rival. Ayoze and Luiz Henrique disguise themselves as revolution. Isco is still finding his particular fight, but this Betis team needs more.

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The changes were not enough for Pellegrini to insulate himself from the cold that affected almost everyone. There is momentum in the Czech team and urgency in the Betic team. Ayoze and Luiz Henrique wanted to hunt for spaces when there were none and Sparta resisted until the end to receive the green-and-white gift of this group C and also dreamed of a glory that seemed greener -and-whiter than this. today. Betis’ quest for quick qualification was cut short on this cold afternoon in Prague. Pellegrini’s plan has a golden date in that duel against Rangers that could mark a turning point in the season.

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Changes

Isco (45′, Nabil Fekir), Ayoze Perez (69′, Abde Ezzalzouli), Jakub Pesek (73′, Lukás Haraslín), Luiz Henrique (75′, Assane Diao), Lukás Sadílek (81′, Veljko Birmancevic), Victor Olatunji (81′, Jan Kuchta), Juan Miranda (83′, Abner), Willian Jose (83′, Andrés Guardado), David Pavelka (88′, Kaan Kairinen)

Cards

Referee: Nikola Dabanovic
Referee VAR: Mario Zebec, Igor Pajac
Aitor Ruibal (21′, Yellow) Veljko Birmancevic (37′, Yellow) Pezella (69′, Yellow) Juan Miranda (87′, Yellow) Guido Rodríguez (91′, Yellow)

classifications

Group C PT PJ PG PE PP

1 9 5 3 0 2
2 8 5 2 2 1
3 7 5 2 1 2
4 4 5 1 1 3

Group C PT PJ PG PE PP

1 9 5 3 0 2
2 8 5 2 2 1
3 7 5 2 1 2
4 4 5 1 1 3