Real Betis will be leaving Villarreal wondering how they lost 5-1 to the home team in a match that was far more competitive than the final result suggested. On the other hand, the hosts have nothing to complain about as they improve their position on the rankings following the win. The Yellow Submarine now occupies position No. 5 on the table with 11 points, just three less than the No. 1 ranked team in the league, Real Madrid.
The first half started in favour of the home team, courtesy of Karl Toko-Ekambi, who found the target in the 39th minute to send his team to the half-time break with a 1-0 lead.
The visitors started strong in the second half, showing more incision and intensity. Within three minutes, they managed to get back on level with Emerson scoring the equaliser in the 48th minute.
From there on, Betis controlled possession, but the host created more dangerous opportunities. It’s fair to say that it was an even battle in the second half until Marc Bartra’s mistake in the area allowed the home team to regain the lead once again.
Santi Cazorla converted the penalty confidently, and from there Villareal steamrolled over Betis. Los Verdiblancos lost focus on the defensive end and conceded three more goals in the remaining 20 minutes of play.
Karl Toko-Ekambi grabbed his second score of the game 76 minutes in the game to establish the 3-1 lead. Gerard Moreno and Samuel Ckukwueze sealed the blowout in the closing moments, and the game ended 5-1.
The victory has put Villereal to fifth place, and the Champions League dream suddenly becomes a reality for Javier Calleja’s squad as they are now only three points behind the leader Real Madrid.
Villarreal’s only setback in the last four rounds was a 2-1 loss to Barcelona at Camp Nou Stadium. But losing to two-time defending champion is nothing to be ashamed of, and if they keep playing as they have so far, they stand a realistic chance of finding themselves in the European’s most elite competitions next season.
Real Betis stayed ninth on the table with eight points after the loss. They will host Eibar next Saturday, while Villareal will play Osasuna at away stadium on October 5.