The Betis he feasted on thrashing by 4-0 to a fragile and powerless Alaves, who was never able to react to the good local game and, in his first defeat with José Luis Mendilibar At the forefront, they are still in the relegation zone, quite the opposite of the Verdiblancos, who consolidate their third position.
With a great match, the Chilean team Manuel Pellegrini broke a streak of three games without winning in the League thanks to his three goals in the first half, with a double for Borja Iglesias at minutes 11 and 41 and a bit of Sergio Canales in the 29th minute, a marker that he extended after the restart with the Juanmi Jimenez 4-0.
On the return of the public to Villamarín, after playing behind closed doors on Sunday the last 51 minutes of the Cup derby against Sevilla after being suspended the day before due to the assault on jordan, two teams that were looking for the victory were measured by various objectives: Betis, settle in the Champions; the Alavés, come out from below.
With four changes in eleven Barely 48 hours before (the Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, Bellerín, Miranda and the Mexican Guardado by Rui Silva, the Franco-Senegalese Youssouf Sabaly, the suspended Álex Moreno and William Carvalho), Betis came out decisively and to mark their territory against the team from José Luis Mendilibar, who introduced three variations compared to the team that drew 0-0 with the Athletic.
Those of Pellegrini began with more brio and warned with a shot out of his scorer Juanmi, but the babazorros, with Laguardia for the Frenchman Lejeune -sanctioned- behind, the Argentine Gonzalo Escalante for Manu García and Édgar Méndez for Miguel above, remade themselves to try to complicate things for an Andalusian team more loose.
After an action annulled for offside against Edgar and unsuccessful pressure from the Vitorians, Betis, with Canales very in tune, was iincisive on the wings and for the association of its quality people inside, until at 11 minutes Borja Iglesias made it 1-0 with a great header, perfectly marking the times, to the center of the Cantabrian.
In full Verdiblanco domain, at the stroke of half an hour and after two separate attempts from the visitor Toni Moya and the local Guardado, Canales increased his prominence by taking advantage of a quick exit of the beticos to give another blow to the Basque team.
The man from Santander led the ball to the edge of the area and made it 2-0 by beating Fernando Pacheco with a good shot with the left foot that hit the crossbar, bounced and slipped into the goal.
Alavés was very touched. He was able to close the gap with a shot from Édgar that was saved by Bravo, but suffered a lot from the speed and effectiveness of a Betis team that also took advantage of a gift from Miazga 4 minutes after the break. The American gave a back pass to his goal that Borja Iglesias intercepted to score, calmly, 3-0.
After the break, Mendilibar revolutionized his team with three substitutions. He had no choice but to the fragility and poor image of his team in the first half. He opted to move to a defense of three central defenders when Tachi entered for Jason and the midfielders Manu García and Tomás Pina for Moya and Escalante.
After three minutes, in addition, he had to make a fourth substitution, in this case forced, when left-back Rubén Duarte was accidentally injured in a shot, replaced by the young Javi López. With the Sevillian winger Luis Rioja -a self-confessed Betic- as the most active, the Vitorians timidly sought a reaction, but without any success against a much superior Betis, who always maintained control and, with a touch game, continued to generate danger.
This paid off with the 4-0 at 9 minutes of a second half without much history, given the 'depression' of the babazorro group and the great green and white superiority. It was in a counterattack culminated by Juanmi, who, with a subtle touch, overtook Pacheco on his way out to score his twelfth goal in LaLiga.
Mendilibar brought striker Miguel de la Fuente onto the field for an unassisted Joselu and Pellegrini refreshed his team with Rodri, William Carvalho and Willian José, and later with Juanmi and Camarasa. Frenchman Nabil Fekir made way for the latter, but not before endorsing his quality by splicing a ball as it came to him and, with a magnificent volley with his left foot, crashing it into the crossbar, although he was later called offside in said action. Miguel had the so-called goal of honour, but he finished off, with which everything ended 4-0 after a great Betis game on a bad day for Alavés.
4 - Betis: Claudio Bravo; Bellerin, Pezzella, Edgar, Miranda; Guido (William Carvalho, m.71), Saved; Canales (Rodri, m.71), Fekir (Camarasa, m.83), Juanmi (Lainez, m.83); Borja Iglesias (Willian José, m.71).
0 - Alaves: Pacheco; Martín, Laguardia, Miazga, Duarte (Javi López, m.48); Jason (Tachi, m.46), Toni Moya (Manu García, m.46), Escalante (Pina, m.46), Rioja; Joselu (Miguel, m.75), Edgar.
goals: 1-0, M.11: Borja Iglesias. 2-0, M.29: Channels. 3-0, M.41: Borja Iglesias. 4-0, M.54: Juanmi.
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (C. Murciano). He admonished the locals Édgar (m.72) and Guardado (m.81).
Incidents: Match from the twenty-first day of LaLiga Santander played at the Benito Villamarín in front of 38,753 spectators, who returned to the Betic stadium after playing the last 51 minutes of the Cup derby against Sevilla behind closed doors on Sunday, suspended the day before due to the aggression to Joan Jordan. A minute of silence was observed for the bullfighter and former director of Betis Jaime Ostos.