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04 August 2018 Venue Cardiff City Stadium Attendance

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Real Betis

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4-4-2
  • 1
    Etheridge
    GK
  • 2
    Peltier
    DF
  • 3
    Bennett
    DF
  • 4
    Morrison (C)
    DF
  • 5
    Ecuele Manga
    DF
  • 22
    Bamba
    MF
  • 8
    Ralls
    MF
  • 11
    J. Murphy
    MF
  • 13
    Paterson
    MF
  • 14
    Decordova-Reid
    FW
  • 33
    Hoilett
    FW

Substitutes

  • 28
    B. Murphy
    SUB
  • 10
    Zohore
    SUB
  • 16
    Connolly
    SUB
  • 18
    Cunningham
    SUB
  • 19
    Mendez-Laing
    SUB
  • 20
    Damour
    SUB
  • 23
    Harris
    SUB
  • 24
    Madine
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Neil Warnock

4-2-3-1
  • 13
    Lopez
    GK
  • 3
    Garcia
    DF
  • 5
    Bartra
    DF
  • 6
    Canales
    MF
  • 11
    Tello
    MF
  • 14
    Inui
    MF
  • 16
    Moron
    FW
  • 17
    Joaquin (C)
    MF
  • 23
    Mandi
    DF
  • 24
    Carvalho
    MF
  • 27
    Guerrero
    DF

Substitutes

  • 1
    Robles
    SUB
  • 4
    Feddal
    SUB
  • 7
    Leon
    SUB
  • 8
    Camarasa
    SUB
  • 9
    Sanabria
    SUB
  • 10
    Boudebouz
    SUB
  • 18
    Guardado
    SUB
  • 19
    Barragan
    SUB
  • 21
    Tosca
    SUB
  • 22
    Brasanac
    SUB
  • 28
    Firpo
    SUB
  • 32
    Gonzalez
    SUB

Manager

  • -
    Quique Setién

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Cardiff City vs. Real Betis

1 August 2018

With one week to go until the Premier League season begins, Neil Warnock’s men face Spanish outfit Real Betis in their final pre-season friendly.

After a successful tour of Devon and Cornwall, followed by friendly fixtures at Rotherham and Burton, the Bluebirds return to CCS for a clash with La Liga opposition before the competitive action begins on August 11th.

Tickets are still available for this fixture, with all information available here. Please note that tickets sold on Matchday will priced differently to the Pre-Matchday Tickets.

Know Your Opponent

Founded in 1907, Real Betis Balompié are based in Seville, Andalusia. Betis play at the Estadio Benito Villamarín, which has a capacity of 60,721. The stadium is the fourth-largest in Spain, behind the Camp Nou, Santiago Bernabéu and the Wanda Metropolitano, homes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid respectively.

Betis finished the 2017-18 La Liga season in sixth place, guaranteeing automatic qualification for the UEFA Europa League group stage. Manager Quique Setién led Los Verdiblancos to their best finish since 2004-05 in his first season in charge of the club and will find out their European opponents when the Group Stage draw is made on August 31st. Betis kick of their La Liga campaign at home against Levante on August 19th.

Striker Sergio León was the club’s top scorer last term, finishing the campaign with eleven goals and one assist. Other notable players in the Betis squad include former Barcelona youth stars Cristian Tello and Marc Bartra, ex-Valencia star Joaquín and Mexican World Cup captain Andrés Guardado.

Summer So Far

Setién has made a number of additions to his Betis squad, in order to prepare them for European competition. The most notable signing was that of Portuguese midfielder William Carvalho, who was part of the EURO 2016 winning squad. Japanese winger Takashi Inui has also arrived at the club this summer, moving from Eibar. Inui starred at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, scoring twice for the Samurai Blue. Former Real Madrid playmaker Sergio Canales is another notable addition to the Betis squad.

A few former Premier League players have also joined the Heliopolitanos over the summer; former Everton goalkeeper Joel Robles arrived on a free transfer, whilst ex-Middlesbrough right-back Antonio Barragan made his loan move permanent over the summer. However, Betis did lose one of their star players this summer, as Fabían Ruiz completed a big-money move to Napoli.

Pre-season schedule

Betis have already faced British opposition this summer, having begun their season with a 1-0 victory against Nottingham Forest. They drew 1-1 with SC Braga in a fiery match, before defeating Olympique Marseille 3-2 and drawing 2-2 with Lille OSC.

The Verderones will also have faced Premier League opposition by the time they take to the field at Cardiff City Stadium. A Betis side will travel to the Vitality Stadium on Friday, 3rd August to face AFC Bournemouth, our opening day top-flight opponents. Los Verdiblancos will finish their preparations by facing Italian side Frosinone on August 9th, and then either Cádiz CF or UD Las Palmas in the final of the Ramón de Carranza Trophy on August 11th.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cardiff City 1-2 Real Betis

The Bluebirds' pre-season comes to a close against Los Verdiblancos...

4 August 2018

The Bluebirds fell to a home defeat against La Liga outfit Real Betis, who came from a goal behind to secure victory.

New signings Bobby Decordova-Reid and Josh Murphy made their first appearances at Cardiff City Stadium in front of 9,567 supporters. Sol Bamba lined up in midfield alongside Joe Ralls and Callum Paterson, with Sean Morrison and Bruno Ecuele Manga in the heart of the defence.

Neil Warnock’s men made a blistering start to the match and opened the scoring after only five minutes. City skipper Morrison burst into midfield and found Murphy, who raced past his opponent and into the box. The winger fired a shot into the top left-hand corner, beating the unfortunate Pau Lopez at his near post.

However, Betis set their own tempo soon afterwards, and patiently worked towards an equaliser. Los Verdiblancos got their reward after twenty-three minutes, with Lorenzo Morón on target. In an attempt to dispossess Joaquín of the ball, Bobby Decordova-Reid inadvertently assisted Morón, who cut past Manga before slotting home.

The Europa League side turned the match on its head with half an hour played, courtesy of a solo effort from ex-Barcelona star Cristian Tello. The winger collected the ball inside the City half and burst forward, evading three defenders. Tello’s attempt on goal was not powerful, but a stray boot cruelly diverted the ball past Neil Etheridge and into the net.

The game opened up towards the end of the first half; Junior Hoilett raced onto a long ball to feed Callum Paterson, who acrobatically flicked the ball just over the bar. At the other end, Betis captain Joaquín curled a fierce effort towards goal, which crashed against the crossbar before going out of play. Just before the break, an excellent goal-line block from Joe Bennett prevented a certain third – the left-back denied Japanese international Takashi Inui from a few yards out.

The second period began where the first half had left off, with chances for both teams. Murphy and Junior Hoilett both had penalty shouts waved away, before Hoilett tested Pau Lopez with a low drive. The pair combined after fifty-six minutes, with Hoilett setting Murphy up for a one-on-one, though the former Norwich man could only put his effort wide of the far post.

City continued their search for an equaliser and had the ball in the back of the net a few minutes later, though the referee had already signalled for a free-kick to Betis after a foul by Morrison. Soon afterwards, Joe Ralls tested the Lopez in the Betis goal with a stinging drive, before substitute Kenneth Zohore saw his shot safely deflect into the arms of the goalkeeper.

The pace of the match lowered in the final twenty minutes, as Betis regained control of the ball and began to see out their lead. Chances were few and far between, until the final kick of the match. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing crossed towards the back post, with Greg Cunningham on hand and unmarked. The left-back’s half-volley brushed against the side netting, before the referee brought an end to proceedings.

The Bluebirds have now completed their pre-season schedule and will kick-off their Premier League season at AFC Bournemouth next week.

Cardiff City: Etheridge, Peltier, Morrison, Manga, Bennett (Cunningham 71’), Bamba, Ralls, Paterson, Hoilett (Damour 63’), J. Murphy (Mendez-Laing 71’), Decordova-Reid (Zohore 63’).
Subs not used: B.Murphy, Connolly, Harris, Madine.

Real Betis: Lopez, Garcia (Gonzalez 83’), Bartra (Feddal 45’), Canales (Guardado 45’), Tello (Boudebouz 74’), Inui (Leon 45’), Moron (Firpo 74’), Joaquin (Tosca 74’), Mandi (Barragan 74’), Carvalho (Brasanac 66’), Guerro (Sanabria 74’).
Subs not used: Robles, Camarasa.

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Ticket News

Pre-Season Ticket Details: Cardiff City vs. Real Betis

23 July 2018

Cardiff City vs. Real Betis | Cardiff City Stadium | Saturday, 4th August 2018 - 5:15pm kick-off.

General Area Ticket Prices
Season Ticket Holders (pre matchday):
Adults: £8.00
Seniors/16-21yrs/Students FT: £5.00
Juniors u16: £1.00

General Sale (pre matchday)
Adults: £10.00
Seniors/16-21yrs/Students FT: £8.00
Juniors u16: £3.00

Matchday Pricing
Adults: £12.00
Seniors/16-21yrs/Students FT: £10.00
Juniors u16: £5.00

General Areas Open
Canton Stand: Blocks 105 + 106
Family Stand: Blocks 125 + 126
Grandstand: Blocks 205, 206, 207 + 101
Wheelchair Access: Block 320

Tickets available in person at Cardiff City Stadium Ticket Office, on 0845 345 1400 and at eticketing.co.uk/cardiffcity

Corporate Sales
Ricoh Suite Grandstand Level 3: Tickets included in the seasonal package
Juno Moneta Lounge Grandstand Level 4: Ticketsincluded in the seasonal package
Ninian Lounge Level 4 Ninian Stand: Tickets included in the seasonal package

Corporate Season Ticket Holders can purchase additional tickets in these areas - Adults: £15.00 - Seniors (Juno Moneta Lounge + Ninian Lounge): £10.00 - Juniors u16: £5.00

To purchase additional hospitality tickets or for further info, please contact a member of the Commercial Team on 0845 345 1405.

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