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Cedric salvages Betis point at Rijeka

Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 20.56CET
HNK Rijeka 1-1 Real Betis Balompié
Cedric cancelled out Leon Benko's opener to earn a point for Pepe Mel's visitors, meaning both sides remain winless in Group I.
Cedric salvages Betis point at Rijeka
Cedric (centre) fired in the equaliser for Betis ©AFP/Getty Images
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Published: Thursday 3 October 2013, 20.56CET

Cedric salvages Betis point at Rijeka

HNK Rijeka 1-1 Real Betis Balompié
Cedric cancelled out Leon Benko's opener to earn a point for Pepe Mel's visitors, meaning both sides remain winless in Group I.

Real Betis Balompié pegged back HNK Rijeka in Croatia to leave both sides winless after two Group I games.

The two teams were keen to make amends after failing to pick up three points in their opening matches, and it was the hosts who took the initiative through Leon Benko's tenth-minute volley. Cedric responded soon after but neither side was able to engineer a winner, meaning a first point for Rijeka in a UEFA group stage campaign ahead of their double-header with Olympique Lyonnais.

After suffering their heaviest defeat in European competition at Vitória SC on matchday one, Matjaž Kek's men had a point to prove and started at full throttle. Benko has been on hot form in domestic competition, scoring eight goals in ten league games, and he showed his finishing prowess after Ivan Tomečak had skipped inside his marker on the right before drilling a cross to the back post for the forward to smash in a volley.

The hosts failed to consolidate the advantage and four minutes later were punished for failing to clear their lines. Three opportunities to rid their final third of the ball were wasted, allowing Cedric to slam in from the edge of the area when possession was presented to the winger.

The Congolese attacker was then denied by Ivan Vargić twice before the break, while Benko overhit a cross on the counter with Ivan Krstanović completely unmarked in the centre. Benko had a goalbound shot blocked by a flying Betis body just after the interval and a Salvador Sevilla cross evaded a pack of advancing attackers inside the home area, but the elusive winner never arrived.

Last updated: 05/10/13 0.01CET

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Lineups

rijeka

Rijeka

betis

Betis

25
VargićIvan Vargić (GK)
1
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
5
KneževićDario Knežević (C)
6
Xavi TorresXavi Torres
Yellow Card34
11
TomečakIvan Tomečak
Substitution63
11
JuanfranJuanfran
16
MočinićIvan Močinić
12
Dídac VilàDídac Vilà
19
BenkoLeon Benko
Goal10
14
SevillaSalvador Sevilla (C)
Substitution69
20
KvržićZoran Kvržić
Substitution65
15
PerquisDamien Perquis
Yellow Card41
23
MarićLuka Marić
16
RodríguezBrian Rodríguez
Substitution85
24
BertošaMateo Bertoša
18
SteinhöferMarkus Steinhöfer
26
MalešMate Maleš
21
ReyesLorenzo Reyes
Substitution58
30
BrezovecJosip Brezovec
Yellow Card34
Substitution85
22
CedrickCedrick
Goal14
33
KrstanovićIvan Krstanović
Yellow Card42
25
JordiJordi

Substitutes

1
ManceIvan Mance (GK)
13
SaraGuillermo Sara (GK)
6
DatkovićNiko Datković
4
AmayaAntonio Amaya
8
MujanovićGoran Mujanović
Substitution65
8
NonoNono
10
SharbiniAnas Sharbini
Substitution85
10
VerdúJoan Verdú
Substitution69
14
BorasIvan Boras
Substitution63
Yellow Card64
19
MolinaJorge Molina
Substitution85
27
PokrivačNikola Pokrivač
20
NosaNosa
Substitution58
91
KramarićAndrej Kramarić
23
NachoNacho

Coach

Matjaž Kek (SVN) Pepe Mel (ESP)

Referee

Serhiy Boiko (UKR)

Assistant referees

Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR), Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)

Fourth official

Serhiy Bekker (UKR)

Additional assistant referees

Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR), Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)

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