Barcelona still cannot order the banners, not least because they will face Real Madrid, but the Spanish title is starting to lean more and more towards Catalonia, after the merengue team did not manage to go from 0-0 in the visit to the ground from Betis. Despite the result, the big game of the day promised and it was fulfilled, even without goals.
The various opportunities constructed throughout the match were joined by good-level individual displays and a high intensity that fueled uncertainty about the winner until the final stretch.
William Carvalho was in the starting line-up, unlike Rui Silva, who was left on the bench after some physical problems in the middle of the week and Betis ended up not getting into the game well. After the first opportunity, saved by Courtois, Benzema scored the merengue goal from a free-kick, annulled by VAR due to a deflection in Rudiger’s hand.
Betis managed to stabilize the match, with Rodri and Borja Iglesias in evidence in the attacking midfield of the Bética formation, which did not have the injured Canales and Fekir, decisive in the game of Pellegrini’s team, which is in the fight for access to the Liga dos Champions.
The second half was more open and that’s why the best goal opportunities emerged. Courtois, with the tip of his glove, took the goal away from Borja Iglesias, but the last half hour belonged almost completely to Ancelotti’s team. On his way home, Dani Ceballos, formerly of Betis, rounded the goal, which nearly belonged to Rodrygo, well assisted by Valverde, who shot over Bravo’s goal.
The last opportunity ended up belonging to the Brazilian Luiz Henrique, in a shot from outside the area that scared Courtois and stirred up the betica afición , but which went wide and therefore did not change the scoreboard. With this result, Real Madrid is nine points behind Barcelona, while Betis maintains a distance of three points from Real Sociedad, the first team in the Champions zone.