On the day of the debut of Chilean Manuel Pellegrini as Betis coach in an official match, Cristian Tello gave the Verdiblan team the three points this Sunday in the last play of the match against Alavés in Mendizorroza, in a duel in which the Andalusian team crashed the ball against the crossbar twice.
Tello, in the 95th minute, picked up the ball in the local area and made it 0-1 with a good shot from below with his left foot.
The best chance for the locals was Rodrigo Battaglia in a header at the turn of the dressing room, and in which Víctor Laguardia also intervened in the rebound, but none managed to overcome the Chilean Claudio Bravo.
It was the only time that Alavés disturbed Manuel Pellegrini’s team in a match in which the visitors had more control of the game and enjoyed the best scoring chances.
The clash began with rhythm and the two teams in search of the rival goal.
The first shot came in minute 6. It was a header from Joaquín Sánchez, which Fernando Pacheco picked up without problems. It was the first time in a game in which the locals tried to overcome the Verdiblancos with more men in the center of the field.
As the minutes passed, it was Betis that took possession of the ball and forced Alavés to play away from the dominions of Claudio Bravo, who did not need to use a fund.
When the first half hour was up, Guido Rodríguez tried to surprise the local goalkeeper from afar with a powerful shot and the ball crashed into the crossbar.
Pablo Machín’s men were happy with the hydration break and began to leave their defensive zone to try to find the first goal of the course, but Betis had not said the last word and shortly before the break Édgar Méndez saved Alavés from receiving the first goal after a good combination between Fekir, Emerson and Canales that ended with a shot from him.
The Argentine Rodrigo Battaglia had the 1-0 in his head shortly after the break, after a corner kick taken by Lucas Pérez, but he found a great Claudio Bravo, who ruined his shot and the subsequent one by Víctor Laguardia after the rebound.
It was a declaration of intent from the locals, who came out with more vigor in the second half and began to link plays.
The set pieces began to be important and in the 59th minute it was Sergio Canales who again smashed the ball on the crossbar with a direct free kick that could mark the evolution of a very open game, which slowed down after the sparks of the start of the second act.
The first changes spurred the two squads again, which, however, had problems to stand in front of the opposing goal.
Joselu and Rodrigo Battaglia dominated the Betis from above, while Sergio Canales and Fekir caused problems for the Albiazules with their conductions at grass level.
In the final stretch, it was Betis who sought the goal the hardest and obtained the reward with a shot from Cristian Tello inside the area that gave Betis three points in its debut in the 2020-21 season.