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Atlético Madrid v Real Betis Live Commentary, 31/10/2021

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3 - 0
ATM
BET
Y. Carrasco (26)
G. Pezzella (63 og)
João Félix (80)
Estadio Wanda Metropolitano

Commentary

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Atletico are next in action against Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday at Anfield. Real Betis take on Bayer Leverkusen in their next outing on Thursday on the road.
Atletico Madrid end a three-match winless run in all competitions by defeating Real Betis 3-0 in their LaLiga clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. Yannick Carrasco put the home side ahead in the first half with a neat turn and finish. Los Rojiblancos failed to convert opportunities in the second half before an own goal from German Pezzella doubled their advantage. Joao Felix killed off the contest in the 80th minute with a crisp finish to notch his first strike of the season.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: ATLETICO MADRID 3-0 REAL BETIS
90' + 2' Atletico have put forward a fine performance this afternoon and will now leapfrog Betis into fourth place in the table, two points behind Real Madrid at the top.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
88' Moreno tries to take on a strike from the edge of the Atletico box on the turn, but his effort is charged down. Iglesias latches on to the rebound, but he pulls his effort wide of the right post.
Renan Lodi
Y. Carrasco
Atlético Madrid
88' Carrasco has enjoyed a fine outing today, scoring the first and creating the third for Joao Felix. He makes way for Lodi.
87' OVER! Griezmann swings a corner into the box from the left flank for Cunha to attack, but he can only nod his effort over the bar.
Matheus Cunha
R. De Paul
Atlético Madrid
84' De Paul leaves the action and is replaced by Cunha for the final six minutes.
H. Herrera
Á. Correa
Atlético Madrid
84' Herrera enters the action to replace Correa for the closing stages.
82' Betis have not been able to get into the contest in the second half. Pellegrini will be disappointed by their display this afternoon.
81' Joao Felix has scored his first goal for Atletico this season, ending a nine-game drought
Y. Carrasco
Assist
Atlético Madrid
80' Carrasco releases Joao Felix with a precise pass before the forward does the rest with a fine finish.
João Félix
Goal
Atlético Madrid
80' GOALLLLLLLL!!!! JOAO FELIX PUTS THE GAME BEYOND DOUBT!!!!! 3-0 ATLETICO!!!!! Joao Felix races through on goal after latching on to an offload from Carrasco. The Portuguese holds his composure and buries a left-footed strike past Bravo into the bottom-right corner. The offside flag initially disallows the effort, but VAR has a second look and spots that Joao Felix times his run to perfection. As a result, the forward gets the goal to all but secure the three points for the hosts.
Rober
A. Guardado
Real Betis
78' Robert replaces Guardado in the Betis midfield for the final 12 minutes.
Borja Iglesias
Willian José
Real Betis
78' Iglesias replaces Willian Jose in the final third for the visitors.
76' Guardado is down for the visitors after taking a knock to the leg from Griezmann. However, he appears to be okay to continue.
75' Correa tries to turn in the final third, but Gonzalez slides in with an inch-perfect challenge to stop the forward before he can threaten.
72' Conditions at the Wanda Metropolitano are not the best for defenders. Heavy rain is making passes at the back a difficult proposition.
João Félix
L. Suárez
Atlético Madrid
71' Joao Felix enters the action to replace Suarez in the final third.
68' A mistake from Hermoso almost allows Ruibal to pounce in the Atletico box as he opts to chest Guardado's long ball to Oblak. However, the keeper is alert and scampers off his line to gather ahead of the forward.
67' CLOSE! Pezzella has a nervy moment as he has to stretch to divert Trippier's cross away from Suarez. For one moment it looks as though the ball is heading towards the net again, but it drifts comfortably behind for a corner.
G. Rodríguez
William Carvalho
Real Betis
66' Rodriguez replaces Carvalho in the Betis midfield.
65' Atletico had upped the ante on the Betis defence, but were lacking the cutting edge. The second goal now gives the home side the control they were searching for in the contest.
G. Pezzella
Own Goal
Real Betis
63' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! PEZZELLA PUTS THE BALL INTO HIS OWN NET!!! 2-0 ATLETICO!!!! If the home side were not going to score, Pezzella has done the hard work for them by placing the ball into his own net. Griezmann floats a dangerous cross into the Betis box. Pezzella rises with Gimenez and gets into an awkward position. As a result, the ball skims off his head and travels into the bottom-left corner.
62' Claudio Bravo has made seven saves so far today, his highest total in a single LaLiga match.
62' SUAREZ MISSES A GREAT CHANCE! Griezmann threads the needle to play Suarez through on goal and the forward only has to beat Bravo. However, the keeper is sharp off his line and diverts the ball wide for a corner.
62' Atletico have had great opportunities to kill the game off in the second half, but have been able to find their cutting edge.
61' SAVIC HAS TO SCORE! De Paul clips a delightful cross into the box from the right flank for Savic to attack. The defender is unmarked and only needs to place his effort either side of Bravo to find the net, but he plants his header straight at the Betis keeper.
59' BLOCK! Moreno sends a cutback into the Atletico box for Carvalho. He controls the cross before firing at goal on his right foot, only to be denied by a block from Gimenez in the six-yard box.
57' Griezmann launches a strike over Bravo into the net, but the whistle had gone for a foul on Pezzella long before his attempt.
55' CLOSE! Gimenez rises highest in the box to attack a corner from Griezmann from the right flank, but he powers his attempt wide of the right post.
54' WIDE! Moreno whips a dangerous cross in from the left flank that Willian Jose attacks with a powerful header, but his attempt just drifts wide of the left post. Betis are growing in confidence.
52' Carvalho tries to steer a strike towards goal after latching on to a header from Pezzella in the Atletico box, but he fails to hit the target.
50' CHANCE! Carrasco has to do better from six yards. The Belgian plays a one-two with Suarez that opens up the Betis defence. He only has Bravo to beat, but gets caught in two minds and produces neither a shot at goal or an accurate enough cross for Correa to convert.
49' VAR! DISALLOWED GOAL! Griezmann floats a cross into the box after a collecting a short corner from Correa. His delivery is pinpoint and is headed home by Hermoso from six yards out. However, the defender is flagged offside, and although there is a VAR check, it only confirms the correct decision of the linesman.
48' Betis break upfield and Tello surges into the box. He cuts a low ball over to Ruibal in the right-inside channel. The midfielder cuts back, but sees his left-footed drive blocked by Gimenez.
47' CHANCE! De Paul lifts a cross into the Betis box for Suarez to attack. The Uruguayan has a free header at goal, but can only power his attempt wide of the right post.
46' We're back under way at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Tello
Juanmi
Real Betis
46' Tello replaces Juanmi for Betis in the final third.
Aitor Ruibal
Rodri
Real Betis
46' Sanchez makes way at the break for the visitors for Ruibal.
Atletico are unbeaten in their last 47 LaLiga matches when leading at half-time (W40, D7).
After shipping seven goals in their last three games, Atletico will be pleased with their defensive performance in the contest. Betis have been restricted to one effort from distance in the opening minute. However, expect a response from Manuel Pellegrini's men in the second half.
Atletico Madrid hold a 1-0 lead over Real Betis at the break in their LaLiga clash. Yannick Carrasco got the breakthrough for the hosts with a neat turn and finish into the top-left corner. Diego Simeone's men were on top throughout the half and deserve to take a slender advantage into the interval.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: ATLETICO MADRID 1-0 REAL BETIS
45' + 2' Griezmann sends Carrasco on his way with a quick pass. The Belgian dazzles his way through three challenges before eventually being crowded out in the box.
45' + 1' Carvalho brings down Griezmann on the charge down the left flank, handing Atletico a free-kick in a useful position.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
44' Juanmi tries to turn away from De Paul in the middle of the park, but he gets brought down. Betis are finding life tough against Atletico and the wet conditions in the Wanda Metropolitano.
42' Koke leads a break upfield and fends off a challenge from Guardado, even though he gets brought to the ground. The referee plays advantage, but Suarez's pass for Carrasco is too long and the Belgian loses out on the byline.
40' The visitors try to build down the left through Moreno, but he gets pushed back towards his own half and Betis have to build again.
38' Betis are attempting to get their foot on the ball towards the end of the half. It has been a lacklustre effort from the visitors 38 minutes into the game.
36' Correa spreads the ball out wide to Trippier on the charge. The England man has to take it out of the air with a raised boot and appears to hurt his hamstring in the process. He stays down for a second before getting to his feet.
34' Correa lifts the resulting corner towards the near post, but he fails to beat the first man with his delivery as the visitors clear with ease.
33' Montoya has a tough situation at the back as Trippier's cross bounces awkwardly in the box. The full-back has to head behind for a corner.
31' OVER! Bravo comes for a corner from Correa and drops it into the box. Griezmann tries to force a strike goalwards, but his effort is charged down. Hermoso pounces on the rebound, only to curl his attempt over the top.
28' Atletico have been on their mettle in the first half and they deserve to be ahead. Simeone will be desperate for his team to notch a second before the break.
Y. Carrasco
Goal
Atlético Madrid
26' GOALLLLLLLL!!!! CARRASCO BLASTS A STRIKE PAST BRAVO!!! 1-0 ATLETICO!!! The home side take the lead as Carrasco rifles a left-footed effort into the net. Correa spots the Belgian in space down the left flank and releases the wing-back. Carrasco turns Montoya inside and out before powering his effort past Bravo into the top-left corner.
Á. Correa
Assist
Atlético Madrid
26' Correa spreads the ball well across the field to Carrasco in space, displaying vision and accuracy before the Belgian does the rest.
25' Juanmi collects in the final third from a long ball forward for the visitors. However, he misplaces a simple offload back to Canales. Betis need to work their way into the game.
23' Correa whips a dangerous cross towards the near post from the resulting corner. Bravo is decisive as he comes off his line to punch it behind ahead of Gimenez. 
22' Griezmann tries to send a low cross into the box with pace. It reaches Suarez, but Pezzella provides the pressure to force the ball behind for a corner.
21' Atletico have taken command of possession but need to improve their clinical edge for their dominance to be reflected by the scoreline.
19' Correa lifts the resulting corner into the box, but Montoya has space and time to make a comfortable headed clearance.
18' SAVE! Atletico break with pace through the middle of the Betis midfield. Correa takes over and offloads to Griezmann in the right-inside channel. He fires a powerful strike towards the near post that Bravo has to turn behind.
15' After receiving treatment, De Paul returns to the field. He appears to be okay to continue.
14' De Paul remains down after the challenge from Carvalho. The Atletico players are incensed and want a penalty, but the referee is unmoved.
13' Correa and Koke try to combine in the right-inside channel, but Gonzalez acts to clear ahead of the Argentinian. De Paul tries to pounce on the loose ball, only to be halted by Carvalho.
12' CHANCE! Atletico are heating up in the final third. Carrasco is played into space down the left and he angles a cutback into the box. It evades both sets of players before De Paul lines up a strike that is deflected into the path of Bravo.
10' SAVE! Bravo is sharp off his line to block a strike from Griezmann. Carrasco releases the Frenchman into the left-inside channel and he tries a quick strike to catch out the Betis keeper. However, Bravo makes the block with his body to concede only a corner.
10' WIDE! Griezmann picks out Correa on the left edge of the Betis box and he launches a curling strike towards the right corner. However, it just evades the target, whistling past the right post.
8' Sanchez and Montoya combine down the right flank with a neat interchange. The latter sends a cross into the box that Savic has to clear ahead of Willian Jose.
6' Both teams have come out in the early stages of the game to play their football. We've seen decent levels of quality thus far into the contest.
4' Gimenez rises highest in the box to attack a corner from Correa, but the defender can only glance a tame effort straight at Bravo.
3' Atletico attempt to build down the left flank. Suarez curls a cross into the box aiming for Correa, but Gonzalez is alert to head behind.
1' SAVE! Carvalho makes a break out from the back for the visitors and carries the ball to the edge of the Atletico box. He releases Sanchez, who offloads back to the Portuguese. Carvalho goes for a left-footed blast that has to be turned away by Oblak.
1' We're under way in this LaLiga clash.
Under Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid have only lost one of their 17 games against Real Betis in LaLiga, while that defeat came away from home - 1-0 in February 2019 (W12 D4).
Pellegrini has opted to alter this line-up despite Betis' impressive win over Valencia during the week. Iglesias drops to the bench even after scoring twice in the victory and is replaced by Willian Jose as the spearhead of the attack. Fekir is also benched in favour of Sanchez, who starts in the final third. Gonzalez comes into the back four in place of Ruiz, while Rodriguez also shifts out of the line-up for Guardado.
Atletico have made three changes to their side from the draw against Levante during the week. Savic returns to the Atletico defence to replace Felipe in the back three. De Paul is restored to the midfield in place of Herrera, who drops to the bench. Joao Felix is also ousted from the line-up as Correa gets the nod to start in the final third alongside Suarez and Griezmann.
REAL BETIS SUBS: Marc Bartra, Victor Ruiz, Nabil Fekir, Borja Iglesias, Cristian Tello, Rui Silva, Joaquin, Diego Lainez, Guido Rodriguez, Aitor Ruibal, Robert, Juan Miranda.
REAL BETIS (4-2-3-1): Claudio Bravo; Martin Montoya, German Pezzella, Edgar Gonzalez, Alex Moreno; William Carvalho, Andres Guardado; Rodrigo Sanchez, Sergio Canales, Juanmi; Willian Jose.
ATLETICO SUBS: Benjamin Lecomte, Joao Felix, Renan Lodi, Hector Herrera, Felipe, Matheus Cunha, Sime Vrsaljko, Carlos Martin.
ATLETICO MADRID (3-4-3): Jan Oblak; Stefan Savic, Jose Gimenez, Mario Hermoso; Kieran Trippier, Koke, Rodrigo de Paul, Yannick Carrasco; Angel Correa, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann.
Betis enter the contest in prime form, having won their last three league matches on the bounce. Manuel Pellegrini's men hammered Valencia 4-1 in their last outing to move into fourth place in the table. They have proved that they can win in multiple ways, and have a huge incentive this afternoon as a victory would move them level on points with Real Madrid, Sevilla and Sociedad at the LaLiga summit, at least for a short while. It will be a challenge to overcome Los Rojiblancos, therefore Betis need their best effort.
Atletico are struggling for their top form at the moment, enduring a three-match winless run in all competitions. Diego Simeone's men battled back from a two-goal deficit to draw against Real Sociedad last week, but were then held to another 2-2 draw by Levante in midweek, conceding a late goal to Enis Bardhi from the penalty spot. Los Rojiblancos have been famed for their defensive discipline under Simeone, but it has deserted them of late. They need to get back to form this afternoon against Betis.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Atletico Madrid and Real Betis at the Wanda Metropolitano.