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Betis and Bayer Leverkusen tie for group lead

Betis and Bayer Leverkusen tie for group lead

Betis and Bayer Leverkusen drew 1-1, this Thursday in Seville, in the match of the third day of group G of the Europa League, in which both sought to remain as solo leaders.

After having won in the first two days, the two teams added 6 points and wanted victory to stand out at the top of the table. The distribution of points leaves the two formations with 7 units, with the German team in first place due to a better goal difference, awaiting the duel between both formations in two weeks, on the fourth day.

The two teams have a wide advantage over Scottish Celtic (3rd, 3 points) and Hungarian Ferencvaros (bottom, without scoring).

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The game was very attractive, with chances in both areas, and only the work of the goalkeepers prevented there being more goals.

The Chilean Claudio Bravo had work before the attempts of the visitors. In the 11th he had a providential intervention to deflect the crossbar of his goal, avoiding both the Germans.

The first goal of the game went up to the scoreboard at the Benito Villamarín stadium in the 75th minute, with a penalty converted by Borja Iglesias.

Bayer Leverkusen equalized shortly after, in 82, with a goal from Robert Andrich with a shot that William Carvalho touched, without being able to avoid the goal.

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The German team had the victory in the final discount, in a counterattack that ended with a shot by Mitchell Bakker that Claudio Bravo stopped, saving at least one point for the Verdiblancos.

«It was a very good game between two teams that played very well. Bayer Leverkusen started very strong and had good opportunities. We were able to match the intensity of the ball, they began to fade and we also had opportunities to make the mark (…) It seems to me a fair point for both teams, “said the Chilean coach of Betis, Manuel Pellegrini.

Bayer Leverkusen gave a much better image in this match than last Sunday, when they were beaten 5-1 at home by Bayern Munich. (AFP)

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