The Betis won the Cadiz at the Carranza stadium 0-1 with a goal from Juan Miguel Jiménez ‘Juanmi’ six minutes from time that demolished the defensive wall of Cadiz and with which the Verdiblancos are fully involved in the fight for Europe.
With this third success in a row, Betis reaches positions in European competition, waiting for what Villarreal does this Sunday against Atlético de Madrid, while Cádiz is left with only three points of income on the relegation places.
In the first part, Betis came out dominating the game, with most of the ball possession, and warned with two outside shots that the Argentine goalkeeper Jeremías Conan Ledesma rejected.
The first, by his compatriot Guido Rodríguez (m.4) and which Loren Morón narrowly missed on the second play; and the other, from the central Víctor Ruiz (m.17), cleared for a corner by the goalkeeper.
At the meeting two opposing styles of play were seen on the pitch. Cádiz likes more than not having the ball and closing spaces of advance to the opponent, a situation that Betis tried to counteract with a game of touch and combinations, seeking to break the rival defensive tangle based on insistence and penetrations.
Cádiz had their first attacking option in a shot by Salvador Sánchez Ponce ‘Salvi’ from the edge that Joel Robles cleared for a corner (m.39).
Sergio Canales, in the final stretch, shot from outside the area with great danger, the ball going out narrowly (m.42); and then Rubén Sobrino failed on goal against Joel (m.44) on the clearest occasion for the locals.
In the second half, a loose shot by Alberto Perea that Joel stopped without problems (m.56) was the first approach.
The minutes went by while Cádiz felt more comfortable with the future of the match, holding the tie with the lines marked by Álvaro Cervera.
Thus, Betis coach, Chilean Manuel Pellegrini, strengthened his lines to try to get juice against the opposing goal, but Ledesma was agile to send a far shot and poisoned by Mexican Andrés Guarded to a corner at 67 minutes.
The fierce struggle between the two coaches and their antagonistic game systems was one of the attractions of this match, with its players being simulated pieces of the chessboard that Carranza’s lawn became.
In a Brazilian center Emerson Royal headed by Juanmi, Betis went ahead to take the three points (m.84). The courage of the Malaga striker, who had taken the field in the 59th minute for the Mexican Diego Lainez, helped him to take advantage of this measured center, entering from behind and giving the victory to his team.
0 – Cádiz: Ledesma; Iza Carcelén, Fali (Cala, m.78), Marcos Mauro, Espino; Garrido (José Mari, m.69), Álex Fernández, Perea (Jairo, m.81), Salvi (Alejo, m.81); Nephew, Negredo (Saponjic, m.69).
1 – Betis: Joel; Emerson, Mandi, Víctor Ruiz, Miranda; Guido, Guarded (Rodri, m.80); Ruibal (Joaquín, m.59), Lainez (Juanmi, m.59), Canales; Loren (Tello, m.72).
Goal: 0-1, M.84: Juanmi.
Referee: Mateu Lahoz (Valencian Committee). He admonished the local Espino and the visitors Lainez and Juanmi.
Incidents: Match day 25 of the First Division played at the Ramón de Carranza stadium without an audience. Commemoration of the Andalusian Day celebration in the run-up to the meeting. A minute’s silence was observed in memory of former Cádiz player Gonzalo Robles.