The exam went well. To note. The Royal Zaragoza He came out of the toughest test of the summer with flying colors against a Betis he always looked in the eye and never bowed to. Not even when the duel seemed to favor the Verdiblancos. Ten minutes from the end, the First team won 2-0 against a Zaragoza who did not deserve such a punishment but who suffered a more acute fang blow. However, in just three minutes, Carcedo’s squad had the boards back in the bright It’s included, should have won the match, but the referee canceled Jair’s goal in stoppage time for nonexistent offside, In any case, the umpteenth return from Zaragoza, his pride, his rasmia and his competitive gene make him the moral winner of the battle.
The most demanding test of the preseason showed, surely, the best Zaragoza of the summer. Carcedo considered that the opponent’s entity requires an initial formation very close to that which, in ten days, will face the first of the league in Las Palmas. Only Narvaez It was a bit off from the line-up with more options to face the start of the campaign. vadameanwhile, could have won the game frankalthough the design of the duel, with more withdrawal than high pressure, justified the Argentine’s entry into the youth team.
The fact is that Zaragoza was a team sir throughout the shock, especially throughout the first half hour. The Aragonese team presented themselves as a disciplined, orderly, rigorous and well-established army on a battlefield in which Betis, led by the exquisite Channelswas overtaken by the Zaragoza nucleus, this time with Molina at the height of Grau in a sort of 4-2-3-1 novel.
Canales, precisely, is the author of the first test taking advantage of the lack of strength of Grau in the mark. His shot narrowly missed the target much to the relief of a Zaragoza side who, as almost always, reached the three-quarter line well but, as usual, the rivals became windmills from there . Carcedo’s men moved the ball well from side to side and successfully combined until around the betic area, but they barely bothered each other Rui Silva. just done Frenchafter half an hour, after the umpteenth short corner that ended with a cross from Bermejo that the youth team was about to send into the net, but the intervention of the goalkeeper prevented the goal.
The hydration break was a heavy burden for a Zaragoza that the high blood pressure ordered by Pellegrini put him in serious trouble. Canales managed to score from a serious mistake by Manu Molina when the ball went out. His shot appeared to go over the goal line before Frances cleared, but the lineman denied it. A little after, rodri there Rhuibal They collided with Cristian and the stick on a double occasion that made it clear that the heat and build-up of games took their toll on a tongue-out Zaragoza.
The intermission calmed the game and returned from the locker room to an Aragonese team somewhat recovered from the jolt to which it had been subjected in the last third of the first half. Vada, in a personal gesture, defined fatally shortly before Betis took the lead on the scoreboard thanks to another mismatch from Francés, in a minor version throughout the pre-season, which It’s John He took the opportunity to beat Cristian with quality.
The goal highlighted the greater offensive quality of the Sevillians against a Zaragoza who, in any case, stood tall and measured up to a bigger opponent in all respects,
The carousel of changes led the game to a phase of uncertainty in which the superior Betis had everything to win. But Zaragoza, proud and courageous, calls on their fighting spirit to continue waging war. Red filled in with the ball in a clear counter prelude to a great scoring chance Lluis Lopezwhich ended very badly a measured center of Eugeni a few meters from Daniel Martin, replacing Rui Silva in the Betic frame. had it too Julian in an erratic hand in the hand of the Argentine striker, which was done on the night against Martín. And, of course, Betis took advantage of those present to make a suit for the rival. The tailor was Loren, whose long-range missile surprised Cristian after a defeat by Francho. The goal, as beautiful as it was avoidable, seemed to end the ordeal with a bitter aftertaste of a result too harsh for the merits of those of Carcedo, whose imprint on the team is already clear.
But this Zaragoza has made it clear all summer that surrender is not with him. As in Lérida, Tarragona or against the Saudi Al-Shabab, the Aragonese team fired caste, clenched their teeth and fists and continued to fight. And, as then, he got the well-deserved reward for his bravery. The first was Petrović, who, with a hard and precise shot from outside the area, closed the gap and fueled the hope of leaving the room with a better taste in the mouth. The Serb, one of those who could leave the team to free up some payroll, is still determined to prove his worth and usefulness in a team that doesn’t have a player of his characteristics. In Malaga his performance was more than worthy again.
The match entered its final phase with Zaragoza grown and Betis in a hurry. Pellegrini, who had not refreshed the team as much as his colleague, accumulated the instructions to his team with the aim of keeping the first victory of the pre-season and banishing possible doubts and nervousness. But Zaragoza was ready to die killing and went straight for the jugular of their powerful opponent. He did it from the right, hence sweet bread, very active and smart, found Francho in an inside pass that left the youth team near the baseline. His cross went to Giuliano who, after a feint, beat Martín with a deadly shot that hit the right post.
The Argentine’s first goalscorer raged at Zaragoza, with blood in his eye and a bad face. I have r he scored in stoppage time, but the assistant saw offside. There were none. Has no importance. Here it is.
Real Zaragoza: Cristian Álvarez; Fran Gámez, French, Jair, Pep Chavarría; Vada, Manu Molina, Jaume Grau; Sergio Bermejo, Narvaez and Iván Azón. They also played: Eugeni, Mollejo, Francho, Simeone, Larrazábal, Puche, Nieto, Lluís López.
Real Betis: Rui Silva; Aitor Ruibal, Bartra, Edgar, Miranda; Paul, saved; Rodri, Channels, Juanmi; and Guillaume Jose. They also played: Luiz Felipe, Dani Martín, Álex Moreno, Loren Morón, Joaquín, Luiz Enrique.
Referee: Quintero González (from Huelva).
Goles: 1-0, Juanmi (m. 61); 2-0, Loren (m. 81); 2-1, Petrovic (m. 83); 2-2, Simeone (m. 86).
Incidents: pre-season friendly match, played at the Ciudad de Málaga stadium.