Hector Bellerin’s recent run of misfortune continued on Sunday as he picked up a red card in Real Betis’ win over Elche CF.

Hector Bellerin of Real Betis in action during the Liga match between Granada CF and Real Betis at Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium on September 13, 2021, in Granada, Spain. Copyright: Jose M. Baldomero
Hector Bellerin of Real Betis in action during the Liga match between Granada CF and Real Betis at Nuevo Los Carmenes Stadium on September 13, 2021, in Granada, Spain. Copyright: Jose M. Baldomero

If Hector Bellerin had been hoping to return after the international break with a drama-free win over Elche, he didn’t get his wish on Sunday.

Though Bellerin did make the starting lineup and Betis romped to a 3-0 lead in the opening half-hour, it all went wrong for the right-back in the 67th minute.

With Tete Morente running through on goal, Bellerin pulled him back, and he was dismissed for denying a clear goalscoring opportunity.

You can watch the foul here from 1:24.

Fortunately, it didn’t get any worse after that, with Betis cruising to a 3-0 win anyway. But Bellerin will now face a suspension for their next league match against Levante.

Bellerin has had very little luck lately, despite a good start to his loan spell.

He missed out on a match in late October through illness, with Manuel Pellegrini explaining that he was too unwell to feature against Atletico Madrid. Betis lost 3-0 in his absence.

The defender returned to play against Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League, but Leverkusen ran riot, winning 4-0.

Bellerin then started the derby against Sevilla, and his own goal doubled Betis’ opponents’ lead.

Real Betis v Celtic FC: Group G - UEFA Europa League - Hector Bellerin of Real Betis during the UEFA Europa League Group G stage match between Real Betis and Celtic FC at Benito Villamarin Stadium on September 16, 2021, in Seville, Spain. Copyright: DAX Images
Real Betis v Celtic FC: Group G – UEFA Europa League – Hector Bellerin of Real Betis during the UEFA Europa League Group G stage match between Real Betis and Celtic FC at Benito Villamarin Stadium on September 16, 2021, in Seville, Spain. Copyright: DAX Images

For the most part, Bellerin has earned praise for his performances in Spain. Followers of La Liga have suggested he looks reinvigorated and more comfortable with Betis.

But there’s no denying he’s got himself into a bit of a rut, and he’ll have to dig himself out when he’s available again.

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