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Rijeka draw the sting from Betis

Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 23.12CET
Real Betis Balompié 0-0 HNK Rijeka
Already sure of a place in the round of 16, Betis had a subdued end to their Group I campaign, with their visitors creating the better chances in Seville.
by Nick Aitken
from Benito Villamarín
Rijeka draw the sting from Betis
Chuli after missing a chance in Betis's 0-0 draw against Rijeka ©AFP
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Published: Thursday 12 December 2013, 23.12CET

Rijeka draw the sting from Betis

Real Betis Balompié 0-0 HNK Rijeka
Already sure of a place in the round of 16, Betis had a subdued end to their Group I campaign, with their visitors creating the better chances in Seville.

Needing a win to have any chance of finishing top of UEFA Europa League Group I, Real Betis Balompié ended up having problems at both ends as they were held by a spirited HNK Rijeka.

In control for much of the game, Betis could not find a cutting edge – exemplified by glaring misses from Salvador Sevilla and Chuli. Though Olympique Lyonnais' win at Vitória SC rendered the result immaterial, only wastefulness from the visitors' Leo Benko and Ivan Krstanović prevented Betis' from suffering a first European home defeat of the campaign.

Already safely through to the round of 32, Los Verdiblancos had the crowd on their feet on 19 minutes, when Juan Carlos's intercepted pass was cleared into the path of Sevilla some eight yards out – the midfielder losing his balance before mis-kicking wide. However, Betis looked vulnerable at the back, Rijeka's Goran Mujanović's sending in a perfect centre from the right, only for Benko to head wide with only keeper Guillermo Sara to beat.

Chances for Juan Carlos and Juanfran came and went in quick succession before the home side received another huge let-off. Timing his run perfectly, Benko strode beyond Betis centre-backs Antonio Amaya and Jordi before picking out unmarked Ivan Krstanović on the penalty spot, but the rangy striker could not control and the chance went begging.

That pattern continued after the break, Betis piling on the pressure only to be carved open by the Croatian outfit on the break. Shortly after a weak pass from Mate Maleš ended a three-on-one counterattack for Rijeka, Los Béticos' offside trap was sprung again by Krstanović, who drilled his shot harmlessly past the post.

There was still time, however, for two more mad moments in a manic encounter – Chuli missing a glorious chance after robbing Rijeka captain Dario Knežević, while Sara nearly spilled Benko's tame long-ranger into his own net with ten minutes remaining.

Last updated: 14/12/13 0.06CET

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Lineups

betis

Betis

rijeka

Rijeka

13
SaraGuillermo Sara (GK)
25
VargićIvan Vargić (GK)
4
AmayaAntonio Amaya
5
KneževićDario Knežević (C)
6
Xavi TorresXavi Torres
Substitution57
6
DatkovićNiko Datković
9
ChuliChuli
Substitution66
8
MujanovićGoran Mujanović
11
JuanfranJuanfran
16
MočinićIvan Močinić
14
SevillaSalvador Sevilla
Substitution67
19
BenkoLeon Benko
17
Juan CarlosJuan Carlos
24
BertošaMateo Bertoša
18
SteinhöferMarkus Steinhöfer
26
MalešMate Maleš
Yellow Card59
21
ReyesLorenzo Reyes
30
BrezovecJosip Brezovec
Substitution63
23
NachoNacho (C)
33
KrstanovićIvan Krstanović
Substitution71
25
JordiJordi
89
JugovićVedran Jugović
Substitution31

Substitutes

1
AndersenStephan Andersen (GK)
1
ManceIvan Mance (GK)
3
PaulãoPaulão
10
SharbiniAnas Sharbini
8
NonoNono
Substitution66
11
TomečakIvan Tomečak
Substitution63
10
VerdúJoan Verdú
Substitution67
14
BorasIvan Boras
12
Dídac VilàDídac Vilà
20
KvržićZoran Kvržić
Substitution31
Yellow Card45
19
MolinaJorge Molina
23
MarićLuka Marić
24
Rubén CastroRubén Castro
Substitution57
91
KramarićAndrej Kramarić
Substitution71

Coach

Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP) Matjaž Kek (SVN)

Referee

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Assistant referees

Davie Goossens (NED), Bas van Dongen (NED)

Fourth official

Patrick Langkamp (NED)

Additional assistant referees

Kevin Blom (NED), Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)

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