Osasuna’s press was a key feature of their tactics in this match. They pressed Betis aggressively from restarts, before dropping into a compact 4-4-2 block when Betis were able to progress. Resultantly, Betis’ pass accuracy dropped considerably. Against Osasuna, it was 80.27%. In the last calendar year their average has been 88.5% and this season it has been 85.5%. Osasuna’s press and block ultimately ensured Betis only managed an xG of 0.54. It also forced 29 lost balls deep in Betis’ half.
In 42-minute during Betis had a dangerous free-kick near the touchline.
They decided to play it square but it was snuffed out by Osasuna.
And then they broke ahead in numbers.
Luis Ezequiel Avila came away with the ball and played an early pass out to the left to Adrian. Adrian stepped inside one of the defenders and played it back to Avila.
However, the forward’s effort was saved by former Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles.
But with just four goals scored in their five matches – two of which during a 2-2 draw with Barcelona.
And judging by their failure to score a 6 vs 2 opportunities, they could do with being a bit more clinical in front of goal.