Betis won its third Copa del Rey this Saturday by beating Valencia 5-4 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw in regulation time and extra time at Seville’s La Cartuja stadium. Paraguayan Omar Alderete played the entire match in the runner-up team.
Borja Iglesias opened the scoring for Betis with a header, but Hugo Duro equalized with a lob over goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s exit in a match that had to go to penalties.
In the penalty shootout, Valencian Yunus Musah sent his shot skyrocketing, the fourth for his team. Tello and Juan Miranda, meanwhile, did not miss the last two Betis shots to give the trophy to the team led by Chilean Manuel Pellegrini.
Betis raised the Copa del Rey again 17 years after winning it for the last time in 2005 against Osasuna. The first was in 1977 against Athletic Club, also on penalties.
In this way, the Albirroja defender Omar Alderete could not celebrate his first title in Spanish football, which he arrived on loan from Hertha Berlin in Germany.
– The process of the final –
Playing just a few kilometers from their Benito Villamarín stadium, Betis started the match better, pushed by their fans.
Betis dominance was soon reflected in a beautiful goal in a header by Borja Iglesias to the center from the right by Héctor Bellerín (11′).
Valencia, after the goal, stretched little by little to get closer to the goal defended by the Chilean Claudio Bravo in counterattack actions.
The equalizer came when Ilaix Moriba put in a great deep ball for Hugo Duro’s run, who avoided the exit of the Betis goalkeeper with a lob to make it 1-1 (30′).
Unable to undo the tie, the match would end in penalties, an instance that was decided in favor of the Andalusian team 5-4.