Suso leads Milan and slows Betis

The best player in Milan is Spanish. A decade ago that phrase would have sounded ridiculous, let alone thirty years ago, but today it is a truth that is hardly questionable. Directly im

Marc Bartra and Suso dispute a ball. Julio MuñozEFE

The playmaker neutralizes in the second half the initial goal of Lo Celso

The green and white team leads Group F

The best player in Milan is Spanish. A decade ago that phrase would have sounded ridiculous, let alone thirty years ago, but today it is a truth that is hardly questionable. Directly impossible if, as happened in the Villamarín, Higuain can not play. Jesús Joaquín Fernández Sáenz, Suso for the friends, was the one who took the 'rossonero' team from their catacombs to rescue a point against Betis. He did it with his goal, but above all with his football leadership, leaving Quique Setién's team without a win that would have served to seal his ticket to the next phase. Now, he will have to win it on the next day against Olympiacos. [Narration and statistics 1-1].

The point left a bittersweet feeling in the Betis , who could not get more revenue from a first half in which he was widely superior to the set 'Rossoner'. He did not take advantage of his moment and his rival punished him when he had his chance, something that is becoming a dangerous routine at Villamarín.

The entry of Betis to the game was portentous, handling the ball at will against a badly placed and poorly coordinated Milan that chased the Canales , Lo Celso and Joaquin as if they were shadows. It was the scenario dreamed by Setién, with his team playing and playing in front of a team that gave the feeling of assuming an inferiority that, on paper, should not be such. At 12 minutes, Betis took advantage of the situation with the goal of Lo Celso after a play of a thousand passes, which culminated with the center of Junior towards the Argentine playmaker.

In what is already a classic of this season, since then the Verdiblanco team wasted their best minutes of football. The goal further vulgarized Milan, uncomfortable with a scheme of five unusual defenses in which there were several players out of their natural position as the striker Borini (lane) or the lateral Ricardo Rodriguez (central). Betis had the match in their hands, but Sanabria squandered the best two occasions.

Entrusted to Suso

The Italian team did not move close to Pau's goal until after half an hour of play. And from then on he did not do it with too much fang. At least, got the Betis stop overwhelming and covered the waterway that had on his right flag with Junior. The scenario after the break, however, was going to be very different. It should not be a small thing a Gattuso quarrel, of course. The Milan took several steps forward, increased its intensity and aggressiveness and began to constantly look for Suso, long the player of the highest quality of the 'Rossoneri'.

It was the midfielder from Cádiz who put the first warning, with a left-footed shot towards the squad that sent Pau flying, a team-mate. And also the second one, which was the definitive one. Although maybe it was not what Suso had planned, his free-kick went into the goal. Bakayoko tried to head what was a center but did not arrive, confusing Pau and leaving him without room for reaction.

Milan was definitely another. Along with Suso, Borini was beginning to grow up, who did a lot of damage with his diagonal incorporations starting from the right wing position. Betis lost the tempo of the game and was not able to recover it, nor when Guardado replaced Joaquín, since yesterday the player with the most European matches in Betis history.

In the final section, both Tello and Borini had the opportunity to decant the match, but they failed. Minutes before, a clash between Kessié and Musacchio ended with the former Villarreal center-back on a stretcher on the turf. A fright tremendous, because the Argentine fell collapsed although apparently conscious after receiving friendly fire.

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