Michel's team risks missing Real Madrid to the top of the standings.
“Girona” of Ukrainian football players Viktor Tsygankov and Artem Dovbik played a draw with “Betis” in the away match of the 18th round of the Spanish La Liga . The match at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville ended with a score of 1:1 .
Michel's men took the lead at the end of the first half. In the 39th minute, Dovbik coolly rolled the ball into the bottom left corner from the penalty spot after Savio was brought down in the hosts' penalty area.
For Dovbik, this is already the 11th goal in the current Spanish Championship, and he managed to score in the third consecutive La Liga match. He also has four assists.
In the list of top scorers in La Liga this season, the Ukrainian forward shares third place with Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann. Only Borja Mayoral (Getafe, 12 goals) and Jude Bellingham (Real Madrid, 13 goals) scored more than Artem.
Let us note that Dovbik entered the starting lineup of the Catalan club for the game with Betis and spent 64 minutes on the field, after which he was replaced by Christian Stuani. Another Ukrainian footballer from Girona, Viktor Tsygankov , was not included in the squad for this match due to injury.
Unfortunately, Dovbik’s goal was not the winning one. In the 88th minute, Argentine defender Germán Pessella equalized the score and thus saved Betis from defeat.
After this match, Girona (45 points) continues to lead in La Liga – Michel's team is three points ahead of Real Madrid, Ukrainian goalkeeper Andrei Lunin, who has a chance to take first place if he beats Alaves away today.
Girona will play their next match after the Christmas-New Year break – on January 3, 2024 at home against Atlético Madrid as part of the 19th round of La Liga. On the same day, Betis will meet Celta away.
Review of the match “Betis” – “Girona”