May 12, 2013
Betis still in European frame
Real Betis boosted their European hopes after ending a four-match winless run with a 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Celta Vigo.
Ruben Castro's goal midway through the second half decided things in Betis' favour as they kept the heat up on stuttering Malaga in sixth spot.
For second-bottom Celta though, the result was another damaging setback following their recent mini-revival and they are now three points adrift of safety with just two games to go.
Celta had given themselves hope of avoiding an immediate return to the Segunda Division after picking up seven points from three matches but that run came to an end with last weekend's home defeat to Atletico Madrid and there was more disappointment today.
Both sides had chances to take a first-half lead but Castro was denied by a finger-tip save from visiting keeper Javi Varas in the 21st minute while Celta forward Michael Krohn-Delhi's 31st-minute effort was parried by Betis custodian Adrian.
The match followed a similar pattern at the start of the second half, with Castro and Krohn-Delhi again drawing saves from their opposing goalkeepers.
It was Castro who finally made one of his chances count though as he put Betis ahead in the 66th minute with a right-footed finish into the bottom corner following a cross from Francisco Chica.
Castro almost made it 2-0 five minutes later but this time he was thwarted in his latest duel with Varas.
Adrian was also earning his wages as well, and he produced a vital save to turn Borja Oubina's 75th-minute strike round the post.
That would be the closest Celta would come to an equaliser as substitute Danijel Pranjic failed to hit the target with his late opportunity.
|Real Betis||Celta Vigo|
|Rubén Castro (67')|
|Real Betis||Celta Vigo|
|13 Adrián||13 Javi Varas|
|3 Mario||5 Andrés Túñez|
|4 Antonio Amaya||6 Jonathan Vila|
|23 Perez Nacho||3 Roberto Lago|
|2 Francisco Chica Torres||28 Jonny|
|20 Emmanuel Nosa Igiebor||19 Fabián Orellana|
|10 Beñat||25 Nacho Insa|
|8 Rubén Pérez||4 Borja Oubina Melendez|
|24 Rubén Castro||10 Iago Aspas|
|17 Juan Carlos||23 Michael Krohn-Dehli|
|22 Dorlan Pabon||24 Augusto Fernández|
|25 Fabricio||Enrique De Lucas 22|
|14 Salvador Lopez Sevilla||Carlos Llorens 16|
|12 Paulão||Danijel Pranjic 11|
|6 Álex Martínez||Toni 20|
|9 Alvaro Vadillo Cifuentes||Vadim Demidov 15|
|15 Joel Campbell||Rubén Blanco 26|
|29 Nono||Levy Madinda 29|
|Salvador Lopez Sevilla for Emmanuel Nosa Igiebor (55)||Enrique De Lucas for Fabián Orellana (54)|
|Alvaro Vadillo Cifuentes for Juan Carlos (59)||Toni for Roberto Lago (75)|
|Paulão for Mario (71)||Danijel Pranjic for Jonny (82)|
|Antonio Amaya (51)||Nacho Insa (23)|
|Rubén Castro (69)||Jonny (42)|
|Alvaro Vadillo Cifuentes (69)||Jonathan Vila (66)|
|Rubén Pérez (80)|
|· Squads: Real Betis | Celta Vigo|