Read La Liga Classic: Penalty drama as Real Betis & Sevilla clash in UEL
This article is part of our SFM Classic ‘Series’ that looks back at some of the greatest matches involving Spanish sides, and we start with Real Betis and Sevilla’s Europa League clash in 2014.
Betis approached the second leg with a massive advantage of their bitter rivals, having scored two goals without reply in the first leg, and they also had the upper hand in playing in front of their home crowd.
Sevilla knew that they had to score two goals without reply to advance and they started the better of the two sides with the likes of Kevin Gameiro and Carlos Bacca both having half chances.
Whilst both Gameiro and Bacca were trying their hardest to break the deadlock, the opening goal would come from a different Sevilla player in the name of Jose Antonio Reyes.
The Sevilla academy graduate steered home a superb finish thanks to a cross from full-back Alberto Moreno.
Tensions would then become obvious on the pitch as both sides battled hard to retain possession, but the second goal for Sevilla would come when Unai Emery’s side struck with 15 minutes left on the clock.
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Moreno would provide the assist once more as he found Colombian striker Bacca, who smashed the ball past helpless Betis keeper Antonio Adan.
Sevilla had pulled the game back, meaning the tie would then advance to extra time, and the 30 minute period would prove to be a nail biting tense affair.
Neither team could snatch the win though, meaning it would be a dreaded penalty shoot-out to decide the result.
Vitolo would miss the opening penalty for Sevilla, before Ruben Castro slotted home for Betis, and it looked likely that the home side would advance.
However, Alfred N’Diaye and Nono missed to turn the shoot-out on its head, and Sevilla would advance.