Saturday April 7, 2012 Day 32 Estadio Benito Villamarin

Real Betis v Villarreal CF

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  1. Matchpack: Real Betis v Villarreal

    Matchpack: Real Betis v Villarreal

    Team news, manager quotes and match facts ahead of the Liga match between Real Betis and Villarreal from the Estadio Benito Villamarin. More

  • Live Commentary

    • 90+4' FULL TIME. The consolation goal for Villarreal was the last kick of the game and they remain in big trouble in 17th place. However, Betis are 10 clear of relegation.
    • 90+4' Penalty to Villarreal! Fabricio brings down Ruben as he charges into the box!
    • 90+3' Penalty to Villarreal! Fabricio brings down Ruben as he charges into the box!
    • 90+1' We will have two added minutes in Seville.
    • 90' Borja Valero takes aim with a free kick from 25 yards and Fabricio drops his curling effort before catching at the second attempt.
    • 88' Villarreal are still fighting for a goal and Nilmar tries to beat Fabricio at his near post with a rasping effort, rather than cutting back for a team-mate.
    • 86' It's all over bar the shouting here in Seville: Betis are heading to 38 points from 31 games, a tally that should keep them in the top flight barring an unexpected set of results.
    • 84' After Betis see a low cross cut out by Lopez, Villarreal race up the other end and see Nilmar test Fabricio with a firm low effort that skids along the ground.
    • 82' Fabricio spills a cross from the left but Betis are not punished as no one in a yellow shirt can react.
    • 81' Stat from Opta: "At home, Betis have conceded the most goals in the last 15 minutes of La Liga games this season (8)."
    • 79' Betis storm forward on the break and Castro is free again as he breaks into the box, only to be denied by a fine block from Lopez in the Villarreal goal.
    • 78' An interesting strategy from Nelson as he hoofs a cross over his own bar. However, Santa Cruz clears from the corner for Betis.
    • 77' Benat - with a goal and an assist tonight - gets a standing ovation when being replaced by Salva Sevilla.
    • 75' Castro tries to get a shot away as Villarreal come under more pressure but it is deflected out for a corner.
    • 73' Benat, who has had another influential game in the Betis midfield, sees a low effort blocked by Gonzalo as Betis look for a fourth.
    • 72' Just to reiterate, Betis will be 10 points clear of relegation with seven games remaining after tonight. They can almost start planning for another season in La Liga.
    • 71' Stat from Opta: "Villarreal have scored in all nine of their top-flight visits to Betis."
    • 69' Camunas pushes his luck when appearing to take a cross on his arm but replays suggest it may have been the very top of his chest. Either way, Lopez can feel very hard done by for his dismissal earlier.
    • 68' From the corner, Santa Cruz heads back across goal and Paulao heads wide when he should really have scored.
    • 67' From the free kick, Benat curls in a dangerous ball and Santa Cruz sees his flicked header turned over the bar by Lopez.
    • 66' Angel Lopez receives a second booking and is sent off. Villarreal down to 10 men. It was for handball but I am not even sure he touched it. That is a strange one.
    • 64' A double change for Villarreal as Mario and Cani are replaced by Alejandro Martinuccio and Javier Camunas.
    • 62' A change for Betis as Montero, recently booked, is removed for Juanma.
    • 60' GOAL! Real Betis 3-0 Villarreal! Benat makes the points safe with a lovely effort. Castro plays in the midfielder and he holds off Bruno before slotting his shot under Lopez.
    • 58' Montero with a horrible, high kick as Gonzalo goes in with his head. The Betis midfielder is rightly shown a yellow card.
    • 56' Paulao gets his head to a ball into the box but fails to hit the target for Betis.
    • 55' A change for Betis as Jonathan is replaced by Mati.
    • 54' Canas heads back across goal from a Benat cross and Castro just fails to turn the ball home. Canas then takes the ball in a sensitive area.
    • 53' The ref has words with Paulao for a spot of pushing at the corner and he needs to watch it, having already been booked.
    • 52' Santa Cruz spins to let a free kick go across his body and then fires in a dipping volley that Lopez has to tip over the bar to prevent it sneaking in.
    • 50' Valero takes charge of a free kick and whips it into the box but Betis are able to clear. Montero then hares away down the left before being halted by a Villarreal challenge.
    • 48' Nelson lets fly from all of 35 yards and his swerving effort snakes just wide of the far post. A very good hit from the Portuguese.
    • 47' Villarreal have made a change with Brazilian forward Nilmar coming on for Marcos Senna, who was on a booking.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+2' HALF TIME. Goals from Castro and Santa Cruz have Betis in firm control of the game. They are heading for virtual safety, while Villarreal remain in big trouble.
    • 45+1' We will have one added minute.
    • 45' Great interception from Paulao. Mario whips in a low cross but the defender comes across to turn the ball behind for a corner with Ruben lurking. Villarreal do nothing from the set-piece.
    • 43' Brilliant from Santa Cruz as he rides a couple of challenges before spreading the ball wide to Montero. However, the forward's pass is poor.
    • 43' Stat from Opta: "Betis are without a win in their last four matches against Villarreal in the top-flight (D1 L3)."
    • 42' Pereira is the latest name in the box as the Betis man is punished for a bout of shirt-pulling.
    • 41' Villarreal look for a reply but Cani's free kick fails to find a yellow shirt in the box.
    • 39' Oriol was booked for protesting against the goal and Castro did look offside. However, replays proved he timed his run perfectly.
    • 38' GOAL! Real Betis 2-0 Villarreal! Castro adds a second within three minutes as Betis move even closer to safety. The striker lifts the ball over Lopez and then taps the ball home after just staying onside to collect a fine pass through from Benat.
    • 37' As things stand, Betis will move 10 points clear of danger, surely confirming their La Liga status for another season. Villarreal, though, will remain just four clear of the bottom three.
    • 35' GOAL! Real Betis 1-0 Villarreal! It is a vicious, dipping free kick from Benat, who really knows how to strike a ball. Lopez punches the ball out but Castro collects and thumps in a swerving effort that Lopez can only parry into the path of Santa Cruz, who taps in from close range.
    • 34' Strong play by Roque Santa Cruz before Pereira is clattered in the head to win a free kick to the right of the box. Benat to take.
    • 32' Stat from Opta: "Villarreal have only scored in six of their 15 league games on the road this season."
    • 30' It has been a bit of a tentative game so far, and an anticlimax after Messi scored his 60th goal of the season in Barcelona's 4-1 win at Real Zaragoza earlier.
    • 28' Stat from Opta: "Pepe Mel’s Betis side are without a win in four league games at home (D3 L1), their joint poorest run this season."
    • 27' Nelson dinks a ball into the box from the right wing but Villarreal hold firm and clear.
    • 25' Mario cuts in from the right for Villarreal but his effort with his left foot is horrid as he sends the ball high into the air from the edge of the box. That was the shot of a defender.
    • 23' Jefferson Montero threatens to break clear down the right and is brought to ground by a hefty challenge from Oriol. No nonsense.
    • 21' Borja Valero takes the subsequent free kick and drops it into the box but Fabricio races off his line to punch clear acrobatically, and rather theatrically.
    • 20' Paulao, just returned from suspension, goes into the book for Betis.
    • 19' Villarreal hit the post! Jose Dorado plays a back-pass to goalkeeper Fabricio, who slips and sees the ball bounce off his leg and against the post! Luckily he recovers and clears, but it could have been a painfully embarrassing moment for the home keeper.
    • 18' A corner is cleared into the path of Cani and the midfielder unleashes first time, only to see his effort thump into the ground and wide.
    • 17' Castro has had the best chance of the game so far then, but his effort from a tight angle really was rather poor.
    • 16' Villarreal's Angel Lopez goes into the book for a rough challenge on Canas.
    • 15' Great chance for Betis! Castro gets in behind the visiting defence to the left of the box but the finish is very weak as he fails to properly test Diego Lopez.
    • 14' Stat from Opta: "The Yellow Submarine have not won back-to-back away games in the top flight since September 2010."
    • 12' Marcos Senna drives through the centre of the pitch and sees his firm effort deflect up off Jose Canas and over the bar for a corner. Villarreal waste the set-piece though.
    • 11' Oriol looks to get away down the left again but Nelson comes across to clear for Betis.
    • 10' Stat from Opta: "Villarreal have conceded an average of 0.33 goals per game with Lotina on the bench in La Liga, compared to 1.43 under Garrido and 1.63 under Molina."
    • 8' Benat it is who takes it, and his effort appears to be soaring over the bar before dipping viciously. It flies over, but is a lot closer than the goalkeeper expected.
    • 7' Betis pour forward and Perez Nacho is brought to ground as the home side win a free kick 20 yards from goal. Benat is very dangerous from these areas.
    • 5' But here comes Joan Oriol and he swings in a fine cross for Marco Ruben, only for Betis to clear behind for a corner.
    • 4' Stat from Opta: "Villarreal are, along with Málaga, the only side yet to score in the first 15 minutes of an away match in La Liga this season."
    • 3' It's a low key start in Seville as both teams probe and suss each other out.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 20:55 TEAMS - Real Betis: Fabricio; Nelson, Paulao, Dorado, Nacho; Cañas, Beñat; Jefferson Montero, Pereira; Rubén Castro, Santa Cruz. //// Villarreal: Diego López; Mario, Gonzalo, Musacchio, Oriol; Bruno, Ángel, Senna; Borja Valero, Cani, Marco Ruben.
    • 20:50 Villarreal desperately need a win to pull clear of the bottom three - they currently have just a four point cushion above the drop zone, with Betis only three points better off themselves. La Liga table
    • 20:45 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of this La Liga clash between Betis and Villarreal at Estadio Benito Villamarin.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Real Betis

    Manager: Pepe Mel

  • Villarreal CF

    Manager: Miguel Ángel Lotina

Real Betis’s last 5 results

Villarreal CF’s last 5 results

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