No winner and three expulsions in an explosive Sevillian derby between Betis and Sevilla FC

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No winner and three expulsions in an explosive Sevillian derby between Betis and Sevilla FC

Sevillian derbies are often explosive, this one was no exception to the rule. The fiery supporters of the Benito-Villamarin stadium had the right to a very open meeting and above all rich in emotions. Despite many opportunities and especially big misses, the meeting was really unblocked after half an hour of play with the exclusion of Montiel. The Argentinian got carried away and was logically expelled for a tackle on the knee (38th).

In numerical superiority, Betis took the opportunity to open the scoring. On a billiard shot, poor Jesus Navas, who came into play two minutes earlier, saw the ball bounce off his thigh and end up in the top corner of Bono, not blameless on the action (45th).

But just a few minutes later, it was Betis who found themselves at 10. Fekir, on a ball protection, let his elbow drag and after viewing the VAR, the referee decided to exclude the former Lyonnais (45th + 3). A severe exclusion which angered the Frenchman and sent the two teams back to the locker room 10 against 10.

Sevilla FC leaves the relegation zone

The intensity did not fall after the break and it was Borja Iglesias who paid the price. The striker, not used to defensive work, was also expelled for an involuntary but absolutely uncontrolled sole (49th). With 40 minutes at 10 against 9, Sevilla FC pushed and broke their teeth for a long time on the heroic defense of Betis.

But an individual feat, that of Nemanja Gudelj, changed the game. The Serbian defender fired a clear shot from 25 meters which pierced the skylight of helpless Claudio Bravo (82nd). With this equalizer, Jorge Sampaoli’s players come out of the relegation zone and climb to 17th place. Betis meanwhile misses the boat to get on the podium and remains fourth, with the same number of points as Atlético.

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