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90' + 4'
A. Bertolacci
Yellow Card
90'
T. Bakayoko
Yellow Card
89'
A. Bertolacci
H. Çalhanoğlu
83'
A. Romagnoli
M. Musacchio
78'
M. Musacchio
Yellow Card
76'
I. Abate
D. Laxalt
74'
Loren Morón
A. Sanabria
73'
R. Rodríguez
Yellow Card
67'
A. Guardado
Joaquín
62'
Suso
Goal
61'
G. Lo Celso
Yellow Card
Kick Off
45'
Z. Feddal
Yellow Card
12'
Junior Firpo
Assist
12'
G. Lo Celso
Goal
Kick Off
2
2
3
4

Stats

Possession
% %
7
4
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 4
Total Passes 710 389

Commentary

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Both sides won’t get a chance to play in Europe until the 29th of November, when Betis host Olympiacos whilst the group whipping boys Dudelange travel to the San Siro to face Milan. Domestically, Setien has the small matter of travelling to the Camp Nou to face Barcelona on Sunday followed by another away trip to Villarreal on the 25th, while Gattuso’s injury-hit side have to brace themselves for a visit from league-leading Juventus this weekend followed by a trip to Rome to face Lazio a week later.
Real Betis fail to build on their effervescent first-half display without playing badly, having also had chances to win the game after the interval. However, their profligacy soon counted against them, allowing a Suso-inspired Milan to raise their game and play like a completely different team to the one that lost battles all over the pitch before the break. Gattuso will be the more positive of the two coaches as Setien will see this as two points lost, and Group F is now a three-horse race with Olympiacos, with the Andalusians leading both Milan and the Greek side by only one point. There was major concern for Musacchio from both sets of fans following his ugly clash with Kessie, with early reports suggesting he is conscious in the changing rooms.
90' + 8' FULL-TIME: REAL BETIS 1-1 AC MILAN
90' + 7' Kessie will have to soldier on these final couple of minutes though, as play gets restarted
90' + 6' Bertolacci plays the ball out due to Kessie staying down on the pitch. No one touched him, having slid down the turf in a vain attempt to nick the ball from Canales. He’s helped off the pitch with play waiting to be restarted.
A. Bertolacci
Yellow Card
Milan
90' + 4' Not long after coming on, Bertolacci gets himself in the referee's book for a bad foul on Bartra in the Betis half, picking up Milan's fourth booking.
90' + 3' Borini does well to hold off Lo Celso as he attempts to instigate a last-ditch Milan attack, but the Betis defence are equal to his efforts. Canales tries to play Moron through, but his pass is stopped by a sliding Zapata.
90' The fourth official indicates six minutes to be played. Plenty of time for either side to snatch a late, late winner.
T. Bakayoko
Yellow Card
Milan
90' Bakayoko holds back Lo Celso, conceding an unnecessary foul just when Milan look to be on the ascendancy. The midfielder gets a yellow for his troubles.
A. Bertolacci
H. Çalhanoğlu
Milan
89' Aided by a club medic, Calhanoglu hobbles off the pitch with Bertolacci coming on to replace him for Milan’s final change of the match.
87' Play is stopped as Calhanoglu goes down, holding his ankle. It doesn’t look good, and it is clear to see that this could be his last act of the match.
87' WHAT A SAVE BY REINA! Lo Celso releases Tello, who breaks quickly past the Milan backline and drives a shot which Reina is equal to! The ball goes clear but only as far as Guardado, who plays in Canales, but the midfielder's shot is blocked by Romagnoli and Milan survive once again!
85' FIRPO ALMOST PUTS BETIS IN THE LEAD! More wing play from Guardado finds Moron close to the box, who plays in Firpo as he finds his way through the Milan defence once again. His effort goes straight at Reina though, and Milan clear!
83' Almost immediately, Borini attempts a shot from a difficult angle that goes very close after being played by Suso, but just wide of Lopez’s right.
A. Romagnoli
M. Musacchio
Milan
83' The medics gingerly lift Musacchio onto the medical cart, and he is applauded by both sets of supporters as he is driven off the pitch. Romagnoli takes his place at the heart of defence, and play resumes.
79' Musacchio worryingly stays down after clashing with Kessie. The collision takes both players down, but the midfielder gets back up whilst receiving treatment from the club medics. The Argentina defender, however, has the medical cart taken out for him.
M. Musacchio
Yellow Card
Milan
78' Musacchio charges into Bartra, earning his name into Pawson's book as the second Milan player to be booked.
I. Abate
D. Laxalt
Milan
76' Laxalt makes way for Abate in Milan’s first change of the match.
76' BETIS ALMOST TAKE THE LEAD THERE! Reina plays a pass which bears all the hallmarks of lacking concentration towards Abate. The full-back gets caught out by Guardado, who floats in a cross that almost hits the woodwork, going agonisingly wide of the goal. Reina should count himself lucky.
75' The Betis fans are furious at Pawson’s decision to award Milan a free-kick after Lo Celso wins the ball from Kessie. Subsequent replays show that the decision was a harsh one.
Loren Morón
A. Sanabria
Real Betis
74' Sanabria makes way for Moron, the latter now leading the Betis attack with Lo Celso and Guardado either side of him.
R. Rodríguez
Yellow Card
Milan
73' Rodriguez catches Lo Celso late near the touchline, earning the away side’s second caution of the match.
72' An acrobatic effort by the centre-back Musacchio is tame and doesn’t threaten the Betis backline, but a foul is given for a high foot in a crowded box.
70' Kessie earns the boos of the home crowd after stopping Guardado breaking down the left wing. No foul given, and the Milan midfielder calmly takes the ball out of defence.
69' Credit must go to Gattuso for this second half performance, as a slight formational change to a 3-4-3 has enabled Suso to run wild in a free roaming role. It has been enough to swing the pendulum towards the Rossoneri as a winner isn’t out of the question.
68' Suso has been directy involved in 13 goals (five goals, eight assists) in 14 games played so far this season.
A. Guardado
Joaquín
Real Betis
67' The hometown hero receives the adulation of the home crowd, as the veteran winger Joaquin gets rewarded for a sprightly performance with a standing ovation and an early rest. Guardado comes on in his place.
65' This is much better from the visitors, who look worlds away from the side that played out a mediocre first-half display.
64' Milan almost take the lead! That man Suso once again providing his side’s main threat, opening up the Betis defence to find Kessie in the box. The midfielder then plays a cute ball towards Borini, whose fierce shot is saved by Lopez!
Suso
Goal
Milan
62' MILAN DRAW LEVEL!! Suso, who has been Milan’s chief creative hub since the interval, floats in a free-kick that evades everyone in the box despite Bakayoko’s attempts to meet it, and leaves Lopez in no man’s land! Intentional or not, the Spanish playmaker once again proves his value to the Rossoneri! 1-1 and it’s now game on in the Benito Villamarin!
G. Lo Celso
Yellow Card
Real Betis
61' Lo Celso gets Betis' second booking of the match, taking down Musacchio in dangerous free-kick territory.
59' SUSO NEARLY EQUALISES FOR MILAN! Calhanoglu’s corner goes straight to Lopez, who palms it away only to find Suso outside the box. Milan’s number eight then curls a brilliant effort that the Betis keeper has to be at full stretch to stop!
58' Suso breaks away down the right and releases a cross, but Mandi heads the ball behind. Tello then concedes the corner.
55' The Turkey midfielder takes the set-piece this time, but Lopez safely collects the ball away from trouble.
54' Mandi stays down after lunging in on Laxalt from behind. The Betis defender gets up, albeit limping towards his box, as Suso and Calhanoglu once again stand over a free-kick.
54' The flag goes up against the evergreen Joaquin, who tries to chase down another Canales long ball to no avail.
52' Borini has time and space out on the right wing after some good play by Suso, but his delivery is blocked and Betis win a throw-in.
50' Joaquin takes the ball past Bakayoko brilliantly and plays it to Tello on the right. He beats Laxalt and crosses it towards Sanabria, but instead hits Musacchio and goes out for Betis’ first corner. It goes to nothing though, and Milan gain possession once more.
49' In response, Betis attempt to play more triangle passes around their opponents, but Joaquin gives the ball away out on the wing. Reina tries to play it long to Cutrone, but the increasingly frustrated youngster - who has toiled without any reward - is caught offside.
47' Milan get the first corner of the match, as Calhanoglu plays it short to Suso. The Spain midfielder hits a low cross towards Musacchio, but his flicked header with his back to goal goes wide to the left.
46' No player changes at the interval for either side, as Betis look to complete a European double over their opponents who need a vastly different performance this half compared to the previous one. The home side shift to a 3-4-2-1, with Lo Celso and Joaquin playing behind the lone frontman Sanabria.
46' Betis get play restarted as the second half gets underway!
Gattuso, on the other hand, needs to avoid defeat to ease some internal pressure as well as assuring the Rossoneri’s progession into the latter stages of the competition. However, his team are currently losing the midfield battle, and aside from a late Cutrone header, haven’t threatened as much as they would like to before the interval. The Milan legend will need to call on all of his experience for his side to gain something out of this clash.
Setien should be pleased with his charges’ first-half performance, having played some expressive football that has been scything through their more distinguished opponents at will. Lo Celso continued from where he left off in Italy, as he and Canales have been the architects of a Betis side that have outplayed their opponents who haven’t got an answer for them at the moment. The coach will be rightly concerned at their profligacy though, and you get the feeling that another Betis goal would ease the home fans’ nerves.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: REAL BETIS 1-0 AC MILAN
45' + 1' Milan almost grab an equaliser, with Cutrone being put through onside after some away pressure leading to Kessie playing Borini on the right. His initial cross is headed away by Mandi, but his second attempt - a first-time cross - meets the head of the Italy striker, but his header is high and wide to Lopez’s left.
45' One minute of added on time is to be played.
Z. Feddal
Yellow Card
Real Betis
45' Referee Pawson must have been alerted to Feddal’s off-the-ball foul, and the defender gets himself the first booking of the match.
44' Borini breathes a sigh of relief after getting fouled by Firpo, who managed to weave his way into the away box once again. The Betis winger is only stopped by the referee’s whistle as he shoulder-barges Borini to the floor.
41' Another Canales pass sees Sanabria in space in Milan’s box, but Musacchio recovers enough to force the Betis forward away from goal. Play continues with the green-and-white stroking the ball around in midfield.
40' The Benito Villamarin is rocking right now, with the home support mightily pleased at their team’s ability to transition from defence to attack in such a quick manner.
38' Lo Celso has a go from outside the box after receiving Canales’ quick pass, but the effort is tame and Reina watches it drift wide of his goal.
36' Tello is in acres of space down the right after receiving Canales’ lofted throughball, but any further attempts to extend his side’s lead is thwarted by Rodriguez who blocks his shot and clears the ball away.
34' A disappointing end, as Suso surprisingly wins the set-piece battle over the specialist Turkey midfielder but ends up hitting the wall. Milan are playing with some purpose now though, and Calhanoglu hits a low shot which Lopez goes down to collect.
33' Betis react strongly to the referee blowing for a free-kick in a dangerous area, just outside their box after Mandi fouls Bakayoko on the run. Suso and Calhanoglu stand over the ball.
30' Kessie gives the ball away - not for the first time - and Lo Celso once more attempts to conjure up some magic from midfield. However, Tello’s cross is too strong, and misses everyone in the box.
27' BETIS NEARLY MAKE IT 2-0 ONCE AGAIN! In the blink of an eye, the green-and-white transition from defence to attack - once again, on their left - with Lo Celso pulling the strings and playing it to Joaquin. He spots Firpo on the run - a tried and tested tactic already - and the winger crosses it for Sanabria, whose outstretched effort trickles just wide of Reina’s left! More impressive football from the Andalusians!
25' Lo Celso now has three goals and an assist in his last three games in major European competition - this after failing to score and assisting just one goal in his previous eight such games.
24' Suso takes on Bartra, but the battle of the Spaniards goes the way of the centre-back. The Milan midfielder fouls him in the process of trying to win the ball back, but ends up frustrated at himself and his teammates’ apparent lack of hustle and bustle.
21' Milan are pressing Betis into their own half, haranguing Canales into giving away the ball close to the 16-yard box. A spell of Milan offense ends with a blocked Kessie shot, however, and Betis get the ball back.
18' Betis get a free-kick thanks to a clumsy challenge by Rodriguez on the right wing after Lo Celso brilliantly shields the ball away from him. The set-piece comes to nothing though, as the away defence clear to safety.
16' BETIS NEARLY DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Joaquin runs down the left wing and plays a brilliant one-two with Lo Celso, the latter’s throughball keeping the skipper onside and leaving Reina posted with a scuffed shot that Rodriguez clears off the line!  Tello can’t get to the high bouncing ball, and Milan survive!
15' Firpo attempts to run through the Rossoneri defence once again, but is stopped before he could deal more damage.
14' The goal has inspired Betis to further take the game to their opponents, with their midfield having the lion’s share of the ball and stretching their more illustrious visitors in the process.
Junior Firpo
Assist
Real Betis
12' Firpo’s brilliant run and cross opened up the away defence, finding Lo Celso who finishes with aplomb past the rooted Reina.
G. Lo Celso
Goal
Real Betis
12' GOAL!! BETIS BREAK THE DEADLOCK, AND IT’S LO CELSO AGAIN!! Another promising Milan attack ends in disappointment, as Betis break and play it around the box with Canales the architect of more Betis pressure. He passes it to Carvalho, who lays it to Joaquin, the captain’s awareness releasing Firpo with a quick flick over the Milan backline’s heads. The winger’s cross gets in the path of Lo Celso, who scores his second goal in two matches against the Rossoneri! 1-0 to Betis!
9' Bakayoko carelessly loses possession though, and Tello attempts to lead another Betis attack. His pass is overhit however, and Joaquin loses the ball. Play ends when Feddal fouls Suso from behind.
7' Lopez had to be quick on that one, as Rodriguez nearly made Mandi pay for losing concentration. The keeper clears it away, but Milan once again have the ball.
6' Canales attempts a throughball for Tello to try and reach, but Laxalt gets the ball before it can reach the winger. He gets fouled in a tussle, though, and Milan get a free-kick.
4' Canales and Tello partner up on the right wing to get Betis out of a slight spot of bother, playing a neat little interchange out of defence. Milan stop any further danger though.
3' Milan are now on the ball, trying to conjure up something from the back. Rodriguez is stopped by a sea of green-and-white though, and Kessie helps him out by taking over and switching play. Lo Celso commits a foul to stop play.
1' Reina’s early clearance paves the way for some Betis possession. Milan, being slight underdogs today, will look to close down the likes of playmaker Canales, previous tormentor Lo Celso and home-grown legend Joaquin.
1' Both teams are out in their usual colours, with Betis in their green-and-white shirts and white shorts and Milan out in their famed red-and-black, also with white shorts.
1' Referee Craig Pawson blows his whistle, and Milan get us underway at the Benito Villamarin!
The hosts have won two of their three previous meetings with their opponents – in September 1977 in the Cup Winners’ Cup, and in October in Milan.
The Betis fans crank up the noise as the players are out. Kick-off is drawing near.
The two big omissions from Gattuso’s starting eleven are star players Higuain and Donnarumma, with the former having picked up a knock over the weekend and, as expected, is rested with a big clash against Juventus on the horizon. Veteran goalkeeper Reina replaces the Italian wonderkid’s between the sticks, and Borini is preferred to Halilovic on the right wing. Higuain’s absence, coupled with Samu Castillejo’s suspension, forces a shift to 3-5-2, with Calhanoglu taking over playmaking duties and Musacchio’s inclusion confirming a three-man backline, benching Abate and Romagnoli who scored their 97th minute winner against Udinese.
Quique Setien makes four changes from the side that grabbed a draw from the jaws of defeat against Celta Vigo, with Tello in favour of the more defensive Francis and Sidnei making way for Feddal in defence. Guardado and Joaquin missed their 2-1 win in the reverse fixture two weeks ago, but it’s the latter who starts and gets the captain’s armband. Finally, Moron’s opener in the 3-3 draw on Sunday isn’t enough to keep him leading the line, with Sanabria preferred instead.
SUBSTITUTES: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Ignazio Abate, Alessio Romagnoli, Andrea Bertolacci, Alen Halilovic, Jose Mauri, Riccardo Montolivo.
AC MILAN XI (3-5-2): Jose Reina; Mateo Musacchio, Cristian Zapata (c), Ricardo Rodriguez; Fabio Borini, Franck Kessie, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Hakan Calhanoglu, Diego Laxalt; Suso, Patrick Cutrone.
SUBSTITUTES: Joel Robles, Antonio Barragan, Sidnei, Andres Guardado, Takashi Inui, Sergio Leon, Loren Moron.
REAL BETIS XI (3-5-2): Pau Lopez; Aissa Mandi, Marc Bartra, Zouhair Feddal; Cristian Tello, Giovani Lo Celso, William Carvalho, Sergio Canales, Junior Firpo; Joaquin (c), Antonio Sanabria.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let’s take a look at how both sides line up, starting with the hosts.
The resurgent Rossoneri have been getting back in the swing of things with three wins on the bounce since their 2-1 loss at the San Siro against their opponents a fortnight ago. This positive spell has afforded coach Gennaro Gattuso some breathing space after also losing local bragging rights to Internazionale prior to being leapfrogged by Betis, and his side will aim to win consecutive away matches in Europe for the first time since October 2009.
It’s a top-of-the-table clash as Real Betis will look to consolidate their lead at the summit of Group F with a European double against a Milan side finding their form in recent weeks. The hosts should remain confident though, buoyed by a late equaliser in their thrilling 3-3 draw against Celta Vigo over the weekend and comforted by their visitors’ dreadful record in Spain where they have tasted defeat in each of their last five trips to the Iberian peninsula.
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of this Europa League match as Real Betis host AC Milan at the Benito Villamarin in Seville!
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