◤Mid-season club friendly◢ Nabil Fekir on target as Real Betis defeats Manchester United 1-0..2022-12-11 16:29
Real Betis edged out Manchester United 1-0 in their mid-season friendly at Estadio Benito Villamarín on Saturday.
Shortly after the start of the first half, Rodri's shot was blocked off the goal line by Williams. Later, Akouokou's long-range shot hits the post and deflected off, Elanga's long-range shot went slightly wide of the post, Iglesias' fierce shot was just slightly over the crossbar, and Martial's shot also went slightly wide of the post. In the second half, Fekir volleyed into the net. Then, Miranda's shot from a tight angle at close range was blocked, and Willian José's header was also saved. In the end, Real Betis defeated Manchester United 1-0.
In the 6th minute, Sergio Canales passed horizontally from the center of the box, Rodri quickly followed up and strucked the ball with his left foot from the left side of the box upon receiving the pass, however his shot was blocked off the goal line by Brandon Williams.
In the 22nd minute, Luiz Henrique cuts back a pass from the edge of the byine on the right side of the box, Paul Akouokou quickly followed up and took a long shot with his left foot from outside the penalty area. Unfortunately, the ball hits the bottom left corner of the post and deflected out for a corner!
The La Liga side almost succeeded in breaking the deadlock!
9 minutes later, Manchester United had a fast break. Anthony Elanga took a few steps after picking up the loose ball and then took a long shot with his right foot from outside the penalty area, but his shot was just slightly wide of the left post.
In the 34th minute, Borja Iglesias and Luiz Felipe played a nice one-two combination from the front, Iglesias quickly followed up and took a his right-footed from the edge of the right side of the box upon receiving the latter's return pass, but his shot just slightly sailed over the crossbar.
In the 43rd minute, Scott McTominay passes from near the center circle of the midfield, Anthony Martial quickly followed up, stopped the ball, adjusted his angles and then shot with his right foot from just outside of the penalty area, but his shot was just slightly wide of the bottom left post.
At the end of the first half, the two sides temporarily entered halftime having been goalless.
Both teams changed sides as the game continued. In the 49th minute, Iglesias made a through pass from the front, Nabil Fekir successfully beaten the offside trap, quickly followed up and volleyed into the bottom left corner of the net with his left foot from the right side of the box while being unmarked, leaving Tom Heaton helpless, Real Betis takes a 1-0 lead over Manchester United!
In the 66th minute, Real Betis made a fast break, Willian José passes horizontally from the left side of the box, Juan Miranda quickly followed up and strucked the ball with his left foot from a difficult angle at a very close distance of the left side of the box, however his attempt was blocked by Heaton who had to fall to the ground and stretched his legs.
5 minutes later, Real Betis got a corner opportunity. Miranda took the corner and crossed it into the penalty area, Willian José rose high and attempted with a header, but his effort the ball was saved by Heaton.
Since then, the two sides have not made much meaningful attempts against each other. As the final whistle is blown, Real Betis beat Manchester United 1-0. The Premier League giants lost in their second visit to Spain this season.
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