MADRID, March 3. (EUROPE PRESS) –
Real Betis Balompié certified this Thursday the fifth Copa del Rey final in its history after drawing with Rayo Vallecano (1-1) and winning the tie on aggregate 3-2, thus guaranteeing what will be its first choice of title in 17 years.
The last win for the Betis in a final was in 2005, when they defeated Osasuna at the Vicente Calderón by 2-1 with extra time included. A final in which Joaquín Sánchez was already present and -now in 2022- he will be back after having been the protagonist against the red-and-white this Thursday.
A pass from the Cadiz player enabled Canales before Borja Iglesias, who arrived at the far post, scored the final goal with a rushed shot but with faith. The goal brought ecstasy to the Benito Villamarín stadium, which vibrated with his team as he has been doing all season under the orders of Manuel Pellegrini.
Therefore, Betis will face Valencia on April 23 at La Cartuja, an unprecedented final in the 116 editions played to date. The Verdiblancos played for the title for the first time in the 1931 season, in the Championship called the Copa de la República, but fell to Athletic Club 3-1.
The Andalusians had to wait almost half a century to repeat their presence in the final. On this occasion, on the occasion of the 1976-77 season, Betis took revenge against the ‘lions’ in the penalty shootout after 2-2 in regulation time.
And the last two finals were in 1996-97, when Lorenzo Serra Ferrer’s Betis could not stop Bobby Robson and Ronaldo’s Barca (3-2) in a match played at the Santiago Bernabéu and the aforementioned at the Vicente Calderón with victory before Osasuna.
The one at the La Cartuja stadium will also be the first final for Real Betis to play in their city after having played all of them in Madrid in the Copa del Rey (Chamartín, Santiago Bernabéu and Vicente Calderón).