Manuel Pellegrini’s men lost by the minimum against Rangers
A solitary rebound goal was enough for them not to score at the Ibrox Stadium
Bitter debut for Real Betis in the Europa League. Manuel Pellegrini’s men, who have just been beaten by Barça in LaLiga, could not rise in the European competition and They ended up losing 1-0 against Rangers in Scotlandthus accumulating his second consecutive game without scoring.
After a ‘devilish’ start by the Rangers, supported by a Matondo who drove the Betic defense crazy, Abde and Isco led their team’s best minutes at the end of the first half. The ex-Azulgrana, in fact, was on the verge of breaking the deadlock on a couple of occasions, but Butland’s intervention saved the Scots from seeing their goal fall.
However, for the second half, dominance fell to the Rangers, who found their way to the goal. Tavernier sent a corner that was finished at the far post and, after a series of rebounds, Ben Davies and Abdallah Sima – almost at the same time – caught a shot that unblocked the clash to leave the hosts ahead.
At the end Pellegirni tried to get a hand, giving entry to Ayoze Pérez, Willian José and Rodri. The green and white attack was revitalized, having a couple of clear chances to reach the tie, but without being able to take advantage of the opportunity to start scoring in the Europa League. The score was 1-0 until the end and the Ibrox Stadium was a party.