Real Betis emerged victorious from the Seville derby on Sunday night, with Joaquin’s header enough to see them past ten-man Sevilla at Estadio Benito Villamarín.
Only after the pre-game anthem though, which will be new to most English fans but remains one of the most affecting in the whole of Europe.
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) February 25, 2017
Ultimately it was a victory which owed much to Roque Mesa’s questionable red card, but it was symbolic nonetheless. Most obviously because of the scorer of the only goal, Joaquin is a club institution and bona fide local hero, but it was also reward for the recent evolution under Quique Setien – and an extension of their fine 2017-18 season, which Callum Rice-Coates wrote about back in May:
Our YouTube channel has also been busy with Betis, producing this video in January which explained the tactics behind Setien’s success.
Finally – and most recently – Tifo Football also examined the impact on the club of Lorenzo Serra Ferrer’s return to the club as sporting director. It’s led to a fascinating series of developments, characterised by the swift dismantling of last year’s squad, a brutal summer cull, and an unprecented level of transfer-market ambition.
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