Andrés Guardado and Diego Lainez lifted the Copa del Rey, their first title with Real Betis

Andrés Guardado and Diego Lainez won the Copa del Rey (Photo: Jon Nazca/REUTERS)

Andres Guardado and Diego Lainez made history in Spanish football by winning the Copa del Rey. In a match where overtime and penalty shootouts were necessary to define the champion, the Real Betis players managed to beat the Valencia team. The American youth squad was not considered in the call, but The little Prince he had minutes on the pitch and made the difference with a goal in the final round.

The meeting started with the spirit worthy of a final. The two best teams in the competition sought to prevail from the start of the most anticipated cupbearer match. The impetus of those directed by Manuel Pellegrini, who sent to the field of play one of his most offensive lineups, materialized before that the rivals could forcefully approach the goal guarded by Claudio Bravo.

To the minute 11 After the match, the Betis undertook a solid attack that prospered despite the enormous presence of their rivals in their midfield. the side defender Hector Bellerin received a ball on the right wing and undertook a fleeting career with which he overcame any intention of the rival defenders to strip him of the ball. A few meters from touching the final line of the rectangle He sent a shoe into the area.

Andrés Guardado was present with a goal in the penalty shootout (Photo: Marcelo del Pozo/REUTERS)
Andrés Guardado was present with a goal in the penalty shootout (Photo: Marcelo del Pozo/REUTERS)

The ball traveled through the air while Valencia’s three central defenders tried to decipher the run of the two strikers in the area. A smart move from Borja Iglesias allowed him to win the back and front of his rivals and a hole was opened through which he rose into the air. In the middle of the small area, the scorer hit a solid header that took the goalkeeper by surprise Giorgi Mamardashvili and crossed the line goal.

The throats present at the La Cartuja Stadium in Seville exploded in jubilation when they noticed that their team took a step forward in the dispute for the trophy. Although the locals made every effort to maintain and even increase their lead on the scoreboard, Bordalás Jiménez’s pupils put a pinch of emotion needed to balance the scales 19 minutes after having opened the scoring.

ran the minute 30 when the Valencians found the perfect opportunity to undertake a kickback. In the company of two other offensive players, the midfielder Ilaix Kourouma he drove number five as far as he could. His insistence caused one of Betis’s central defenders to go out and retrieve the ball, so He made a hole behind him.

The last time Betis lifted the Copa del Rey was in 2005 (Photo: Jon Nazca/REUTERS)
The last time Betis lifted the Copa del Rey was in 2005 (Photo: Jon Nazca/REUTERS)

Hugo Duro Perales took the opportunity and received a filtered pass on the edge of the large area. He barely drove for a few meters when he received the siege of the Betis goalkeeper. The bilge was not enough, because the Valencia forward defined with an elegant hat that hit the grass before hitting the back of the net. The noise from the stands was not so notable, but those attached to the cause celebrated the parity on the scoreboard.

The marker didn’t move anymore. The teams had to play two extra times where the Mexican entered. To the minute 102, Guardado entered in place of William Carvalo, but could not do much to increase the advantage. The somewhat parity made the arrival of the dreaded penalties necessary, where the youth squad of the Rojinegros del Atlas was in charge of score the third goal. The error in the execution of Yunus Musah, from Valencia, gave Betis the title.

The match remained tied during regular time (Photo: Marcelo Del Pozo/REUTERS)
The match remained tied during regular time (Photo: Marcelo Del Pozo/REUTERS)

with victory, Guardado added the sixth title to his showcases in the 15 years of experience he has accumulated in Europe. It is worth mentioning that he was crowned with Deportivo La Coruña, in the second division of Spain, as well as twice in the Eredivisie and a couple more in the Dutch Super Cup, all as a PSV Eindhoven player.

For his part, although he was not considered in the call, Diego Lainez materialized the good contributions he showed on the way to the Copa del Rey final, as he intervened with goals in decisive moments of the tie, and won his first title in Europe. In addition, the Real Betis team lifted the Copa del Rey after 17 years.


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