MATCH REPORT | For you, Tello (2-0)

Great victory dedicated to the Green and White player, whose father passed away the day before

Real Betis got tonight an important victory to continue in the fight for a European competition spot. The Green and Whites won 2-0 over Levante UD, reaching this way 45 points.

The victory came in the second half but the team was strong and solid throughout the 90 minutes. The first half was quite even, with Betis controlling the possession and trying against a rival focused on pressing and defending.

The second half started in a similar way, but Betis were now trying more. Then, Nabil Fekir got the ball in midfield, turned around a started a run leaving behind four defenders and beating the keeper through the legs. A masterpiece of a goal. A few minutes later, Juanmi caught a rebound inside the area and put the ball in the back the net.

Real Betis: Bravo, Emerson, Mandi, Víctor Ruiz, Álex Moreno, Guido Rodríguez (William Carvalho, 65'), Guardado, Lainez (Juanmi, 65'), Canales, Fekir, Borja Iglesias (Joaquín, 89').
Goals: Fekir (69'), Juanmi (74').
Booked: Guido Rodríguez, William Carvalho.

Levante UD: Aitor Fernández, Miramón (Duarte, 83'), Rubén Vezo, Róber Pier, Clerc, De Frutos, Vukcevic (Malsa, 77'), Bardhi, Morales (Son, 77'), Roger, Dani Gómez (Sergio León, 77').

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano.

Pellegrini: "I liked the way we operated collectively both in defense and in attack"

After the game, Manuel Pellegrini addressed the media: "The entire collective performance, both in defense and in attack, has been really good. The defense got some criticism a few weeks ago and I said that we know how to defend. We were the team that conceded more goals in the first leg, but now we have kept a clean sheet for several weeks. Apart from the great individual plays we saw tonight, I liked the way we operated collectively in all lines."