Less virtuous, just as dangerous, Betis took a valuable draw from Cornellà. When it seemed that Borja Iglesias, again he, brought peace to Espanyol, Sanabria appeared to draw and leave Betis with the elimination of the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey.
Few recipes as safe as a good center and a good striker. So primary, so effective. It works in the fourth division, also in the elite. Espanyol clung to safety in the back of Hermoso, as the scoring magnet of Borjas Iglesias. It did not have much more resources the equipment of Rubi before the Betis, thick when it wanted to control the game, successful when it stretched the lines. It has variants Setién manual, sharpened in LaLiga and in the Cup.
Spanish: Robert; Rosales, Lluís, Hermoso, Didac; Darder, Marc Roca, Melendo (Álex López, m.84); Baptistão (Sergio García, m.67) and Piatti (Puado, m.78). Not used: Diego López; Víctor Sánchez, Álex López, Campuzano and Iago Indias.
Betis: Joel; Mandi, Bartra, Feddal; Barragán, Guardado, William Carvallo, Canales, Tello (Laínez, m.80); Loren (Sergio León, m.62) and Sanabria (Kaptoum, m.85). Not used: Pau; Edgar, Julio Alonso and Paul.
Goals: 1-0. M. 27. Borja Iglesias. 1-1. M. 81. Sanabria.
Referee: Mateu Lahoz He showed yellow card to Hermoso and Feddal. VAR: Jaime Latre.
RCDE Stadium. 13,381 spectators.
While Espanyol doubt if it is the Cup or LaLiga that has to give life to Rubi on the bench of Cornellà, Betis does not hesitate. The Cup is the shortest route, probably the most affordable to open the windows of Benito Villamarín. Setién did not speculate, he took the blue and white in the best he has in the squad. And that I did not have it easy. Joaquín and Javi García, with the flu; Sidnei, Francis and Junior, in the infirmary; Celso, injured. All in Seville. But the coach of Betis is so interested in the Cup, that he even risked in the eleven with Guardado, still with muscular problems. The Mexican is key to take care of the ball in the midfield, with his partner Canales, well protected by Carvalho.
So began the Betis in the RCDE Stadium, with the trio of plants planted in the center circle, while the ball was walking from left to right, looking for a space that did not appear, without news from Tello and Barragán, controlled by the Rubi's new plan. Vacuum of results, the Catalan coach changed the script: 4-4-2, more flyers to protect the fragile defense, also hit by injuries: Naldo, Duarte and David López, injured. Recovered, in any case, Beautiful. It was not a minor detail. The blue and white box missed the central Madrid, key piece in Espanyol that surprised everyone at the dawn of LaLiga.
If Hermoso is the lock of the back, Borja Iglesias is the key to Espanyol's goal. It started cold as the night and the stands, with 13,381 spectators, second worst entry of the season, little swollen for a vital duel for the mood of the team. The Panda could not control a good pass from Darder, was slow to find Piatti in a counter with spaces and chose to look for the goal of Robles from afar with a bad shot when he had a clear pass option. Espanyol found holes behind the back of the five wheels of Betis, but the 7 was off. It is not advisable to distrust the Panda, Espanyol's top scorer with 12 goals. Darder found Piatti who bumped into the auction. Luck for Espanyol that has. The Panda fished the failed shot of the Argentine to beat Robles.
Before Robles had already taken a testarazo to Baptistão, same answer, even more spectacular, Roberto to leave in nothing the strong finish of Guardado from the crescent. Without solutions from the possession, the road of the Betis was in the missiles from outside, like the one of the Mexican or the one of Channels. But the Andalusian squad found an unexpected figure, Roberto, never so successful under the blue and white striker as before Betis. He was not the only one who stood out, if Roberto showed off against Sanabria and Bartra, Robles did it before Borja's strong finish. He changed the Setién method, less pause, more vertigo. And it worked. Sergio León badly rejoined the boys, so that Sanabria signed the tie and silenced Espanyol. A bitter drink for the blue and white team, which has eight defeats in nine games in LaLiga, while complicating life in the Cup.