Betis start the Europa League with a win against Celtic

The Betis footballers congratulate Juanmi on his goal.

The Betis footballers congratulate Juanmi on his goal.

Real Betis Balompié began its career in the Europa League with a win against Scottish Celtic (4-3) after a bad start to the game that put him on the ropes, but he knew how to make amends in time before the break with the leading role of Juanmi and Borja Iglesias.

The Benito Villamarín –with almost 40,000 fans in its stands– He vibrated again with his team in the ‘Old Continent’ in a sensational debut, a perfect match for the spectator with exceptional sections of the team led by Manuel Pellegrini, who never gave up despite the push of his rival.

Celtic took the lead in the 13th minute with a goal from Albian ajeti which was annulled by the referee at first. The referee of the match understood that the Swiss player touched the ball with his hand, but the cameras showed that he hit with his chest. The goal knocked out a Betis who received the second before reaching the half hour of the game.

Guarded had warned with a header against Joe Hart, but it was the Scots who did not forgive in a heads-up from Ajeti on the subsequent play. The Helvetian was brought down by Claudio Bravo and Josip Juranovic did not miss from eleven meters. The duel was being a torture for the green and whites – today in blue because of the coincidences in both uniforms.

However, the local reaction followed in two actions of Juan Miranda. The second ended in a safe harbor after having run into each other a moment before. Miranda teamed up with Fekir to beat Hart masterfully. The goal unleashed Betis who found the 2-2 just three minutes later in an action that began the eternal Joaquin.

Mirana celebrates one of her two goals against Celtic. REUTERS

The one from Puerto de Santa María, at 40, leaked an exquisite ball to Borja Iglesias and he gave the goal to Juanmi, who scored free of mark and without opposition. The tie unraveled the team led by Ange Postecoglou, who started the second half with the same damn thing that finished the initial round and ended up paying for it.

Betis took the opportunity to achieve 3-2 a measured pass from Canales, who lives days of wine and roses, so that Iglesias would not forgive the first touch. The ‘panda’ put the icing on a night where he shone in all facets. Two minutes later, at 52, Juanmi signed his double and left the 4-2 almost final.

A volley from the former Real served as a sentence for a Celtic who tried it through Rogic, although it was not until 83 when he sowed fear in the body of the Betis with a header from Anthony Ralston that gave excitement to the final minutes . However, the victory remained in Seville and Betis is positioned as the leader of group G, tied on points with Bayer Leverkusen, who also beat Ferencvaros in their debut (2-1).


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