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Group stage - Group I

Betis - Rijeka
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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
 

Match statistics

Betis
Rijeka

0

Goals scored

0

69

Possession (%)

31

17

Total attempts

11

4

on target

2

11

off target

9

2

blocked

0

0

against woodwork

0

16

Corners

1

0

Offsides

3

0

Yellow cards

2

0

Red Cards

0

6

Fouls committed

8

8

Fouls suffered

5

566

Passes

244

454

completed

151

Lineups

betis

Betis

rijeka

Rijeka

13Sara (GK)25Vargić (GK)
4Amaya5Knežević (C)
6Xavi Torres
Substitution57
6Datković
9Chuli
Substitution66
8Mujanović
11Juanfran16Močinić
14Sevilla
Substitution67
19Benko
17Juan Carlos24Bertoša
18Steinhöfer26Maleš
Yellow Card59
21Reyes30Brezovec
Substitution63
23Nacho (C)33Krstanović
Substitution71
25Jordi89Jugović
Substitution31

Substitutes

1Andersen (GK)1Mance (GK)
3Paulão10Sharbini
8Nono
Substitution66
11Tomečak
Substitution63
10Verdú
Substitution67
14Boras
12Dídac Vilà20Kvržić
Substitution31
Yellow Card45
19Molina23Marić
24Rubén Castro
Substitution57
91Kramarić
Substitution71

Coaches

Juan Carlos Garrido (ESP) Matjaž Kek (SVN)

Referee

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Press kits

Last updated: 12/12/2013 23:22 CET

Standings

Last updated: 13/12/2013 08:59 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
  
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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