• The genius of Fekir and William Carvalho, the goalscoring instinct of Juanmi and Borja Iglesias, the guts of Ruibal, and the early expulsion of Chetauya give Pellegrini’s men, with ten casualties, an important and unappealable victory against Elche

Real Betis, despite facing the league debut with ten casualties due to numerous registration and injury problems, became co-leader on the first day after displaying great football and resoundingly prevailing (3-0) against an Elche team that played with one less from minute 16. Fekir and William Carvalho provided the magic, Juanmi (two) and Borja Iglesias, the goals, Aitor Ruibal the guts, and the more than 50,000 Betis present in the stands, clapping and singing to enjoy another festive night at the Benito Villamarin.

Cuadra Fernández set the bar very low as soon as the match began, showing Fekir a yellow card for letting go of his arm in a jump and lightly touching the face of an opponent. Rigorous card that amply compensated ten minutes later by expelling young center back John Chetauya Donald with a straight red for knocking down Aitor Ruibal at the edge of the area who had broken all the defensive lines with a great start and was about to face Edgar’s hand in hand Badia.

With numerical superiority, Betis became the absolute owner of the ball, and thanks to Fekir’s genius, they would soon gain an advantage on the scoreboard. The Franco-Algerian fought with faith and roguery for a ball that seemed to go down the sideline and was totally controlled by Roco, whose wallet he literally stole to go with the ball to the bottom line and serve a killer pass that Borja Iglesias did not waste time at the front of the goal.

Elche would be mortally wounded shortly after with another genius from the Verdiblancos, as William Carballo took a great pass of almost forty meters out of his hat to assist Juanmi, who made a great control in the area, got rid of again a very unfortunate Roco and beat Edgar Badia with a placed shot near the post.

Francisco made a couple of offensive changes at the break to try to burn their ships and put the Verdiblancos in trouble in the opening minutes of the restart, but a new genus from Fakir allowed Juanmi to score the 3-0 with the help of Borja Iglesias, which robbed Edgar Badia of the Franco-Algerian’s poisoned center and allowed his teammate to also become co-leader in the top scorer classification.

This Betis has managed the registration issue in a terrible way by having exceeded its salary limit, but its determination to keep the figures and not undersell its franchise players has these things. When the magic arises, Villamarín turns upside down, as happened this Monday in the first League game.

Betis registers as co-leader

Goals: (1-0) Borja Iglesias (28′), (2-0) Juanmi (39′), (3-0) Juanmi (60′)


LN. Fekir (4′), Pere Milla (16′), A. Ruibal (22′), G. Gumbau (30′), Fidel (45′), Roger (64′), Juanmi (78′), Josan (81′), J. Mojica (89′)L

John Chetauya (16′)

Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez

Spectators: 50,622 spectators at the Benito Villamarín

.THE BEST Betis knew how to handle the ball and be vertical
.THE WORST The Elche Centrals, overwhelmed by the Betis attack

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