MATCH REPORT | A serious and competitive match against the leader (1-1)

Cristian Tello scored for the Green and Whites

A great football night in Heliópolis. Real Betis hosted the leaders of LaLiga, Atletico de Madrid, with the idea of taking advantage of the setbacks suffered by its direct rivals in the fight for European spots.

However, the game did not start well for the team. The visitors took the lead in the fifth minute with a goal from Carrasco. But the goal did not pushed Betis down and the team reacted very well. A few minutes later, Tello finished a great play with a brilliant touch to level the score up again. From then until the end of the first half, the Green and Whites played well and had a great chance that Emerson could not score.

In the second half, the Béticos played really well and had several opportunities to take the three points. They met a great performance from Oblak, though, and the Slovenian keeper saved his team in several occasions. Atletico gave a final push I the injury time but also met a great Claudio Bravo, whose fantastic saves made each team to get one point.

Real Betis: Bravo, Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Álex Moreno, Guido Rodríguez (William 89'), Canales, Aitor Ruibal (Lainez 74'), Tello, Joaquín (Juanmi, 62'), Fekir.
Goals: Tello (19').

Atlético de Madrid: Oblak, Trippier (Vrsaljko 77'), Savic, Giménez, Hermoso (Renan Lodi 63'), Koke, Herrera (Vitolo 63'), Carrasco, Saúl, Correa, Joao Félix (Torreira 46').
Goals: Carrasco (4').

Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández.

Pellegrini: "I'm happy with the team's performance but not with the score"

Once the game was finished, Manuel Pellegrini addressed the media at Benito Villamarín Stadium: "I'm happy with the team's performance but not with the score. We faced the leader but I think we did enough to win the match in the second half, we played most of the time in Atletico's side of the pitch. We have three or four clear chances to close the game. They also had a couple of chance near the end, but apart from the first 15 minutes, when they were better than us, we tied the game and were fairly superior in the second half."