Isco’s seventh man-of-the-match honor in 11 games signals a resurgence.
Real Betis defeated Osasuna 2-1 in the 11th round of the 2023/24 Spanish Primera Liga at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville, Spain on Sept. 29 (ET).
It was Betis who scored the first goal of the match. Willian Jose put them ahead in the first minute of first-half stoppage time, finishing a low cross from the right.
Osasuna fought back. In the 39th minute, Ruben Garcia equalized with a powerful shot after controlling a long pass from the back.
Five minutes of extra time were awarded. With neither team scoring, it looked like the game would end in a draw.
It was Isco who broke the deadlock. In the fourth minute of the second overtime, Isco collected a ball that was poorly cleared by an opposing defender and slotted it home with his right foot.
Isco has been playing well lately. The former Malaga and Real Madrid player was once touted as the technician to lead Spain. However, a combination of injuries and inconsistency prevented his talent from blossoming.
He moved from Real Madrid to Sevilla ahead of last season. There was no reversal. He only managed one goal and three assists in 19 games. He had a falling out with the staff and was released by the club.
He was linked with a move to German side Union Berlin in the transfer window, but the deal fell through. Isco opted for Real Betis instead. With a new uniform, the team is slowly making a comeback.
Isco has two goals and two assists in 11 league appearances this season. He earned his seventh MVP award of the season against Osasuna, according to Spanish outlet Relevo. 짱구카지노 도메인
“I’m enjoying myself at Betis,” Isco said after the game. Betis coach Manuel Pellegrini said: “He is at national level. His data on the field is really impressive.”
The strong performance has also increased his chances of earning a spot on the Spanish national team. Isco has been away from the national team since 2019. “I want to return to the national team, it depends on what I do. I will be happy if I return,” he explained.