Primera Week 20 - 20 Jan 2013 (14.00 UK)
Real Betis 1 - 1 Athletic Bilbao
Ruben Castro pen 2 (RB), Aduriz 41 (AB)
Estadio Benito Villamarin

Pepe Mel had few complaints about the result for Real Betis, but Marcelo Bielsa warned that Athletic Bilbao remain incomplete.

Betis took an early lead through Ruben Castro’s penalty, before Aritz Aduriz levelled matters just before the break, with the score finishing at 1-1.

“The result is fair, for what has been in the field, there were chances for both teams,” commented Mel at full-time.

“It does not mean that my team was unable to win, though, because we had chances and also there was the clear handball in the Athletic penalty area [by Ander Herrera, which was missed].

“But, the referees are always right, they whistle for what they see. They will have not seen this handball because they did not even point for a corner from it.

“We played a good first 25 minutes, but it is normal because they are a team trying to do everything at 100 per cent, with a fast game, and it had cost us by the end.”

Meanwhile, Athletic’s performance encouraged Bielsa, to a point.

“The improvements are always based on games won and for us they are necessary so as to progress,” began the Argentine in reflection post-match.

“We have played better than we have been doing and it is true that this has been a step forward, but of course we are incomplete.

“The first 20 minutes belonged to the opponent, but then, almost the entire second half, with some ups and downs, we have played very well, we created some chances and missed a lot of them.”

The Coach was asked if his decision to have Fernando Llorente warming up for a majority of the second half, only to not bring him on, was a punishment.

“No, he is an alternative option for the team, who has a job.”

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