Real Betis vs. Real Valladolid: Final score 0-0, Betis waste opportunities, settle for a draw

Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno

Despite a plethora of shots and playing nearly the final quarter hour with a man advantage, Real Betis couldn't find the back of the net and slipped further down the table. Valladolid on the other hand find themselves in a Europa League spot for now.

Typically when you out shoot our opponent 23-3 and none of those three shots are even on target, you win. If your Real Betis the best you can apparently hope for is a draw, which really wasn't helpful at all to Pepe Mel's struggling side that has seemingly forgotten how to win.

On the other side, Real Valladolid should be ecstatic getting a point from a match in which they were dominated. The cherry on top for Miroslav Đukić and his team is the point moves them into a Europa League spot, for now.

Frustration was the word of the day for Betis who despite getting plenty of chances, weren't all that accurate with them. It took nearly 20 minutes for them to even challenge Valladolid goalkeeper Daniel Hernandez, making a fairly routine save on a speculative 30-yard blast from Dorian Pabon. Hernandez made an excellent save a few minutes later on a lob shot from Benat Etxebarria that forced Hernandez to rapidly back-pedal and push the ball over the bar.

Even more frustrating for Betis, they played the final quarter hour with a man advantage after Valladolid's Antonio Rukavina was sent off in the 75th minute after picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Juan Carlos Perez Lopez. Instead of helping things, Betis just became more frustrated.

Betis had two close calls late as Hernandez denied Joel Campbell, pushing his shot around the post. Minutes later, Betis looked sure to score when Jorge Molina's header looked destined for the back of net before being cleared off the line by Jesus Rueda.

The frustration was too much for Antonio Amaya who sent off for a second yellow card in stoppage for a dumb tackle on Mikel Balenziaga. Basically, it just wasn't a good day for Betis.

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