Thursday September 22, 2011 Day 5 Finished Estadio Benito Villamarin

Real Betis 4 - 3 Real Zaragoza

  • Santa Cruz 7’, 49’
  • Sevilla 12’ (pen.)
  • Beñat 48’ (pen.)
  • Juárez 36’
  • Perez Lopez 77’, 79’

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  1. Santa Cruz double sends Betis top

    Santa Cruz double sends Betis top

    Real Betis went top of La Liga with a fourth consecutive victory - a remarkable 4-3 win against Real Zaragoza in Seville. More

  • Live Commentary

    • Real Betis
    • Real Zaragoza
    • 90+4' FULL TIME: Betis 4-3 Zaragoza. Breathless, fascinating stuff in a match full of so many twists and turns. Betis go top of La Liga with another win - just. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+3' Santa Cruz has a chance with a header on the break but it's off target.
    • 90+2' Juan Carlos causes more problems but it's cleared and time is almost up.
    • 90+1' It's been a remarkable match and the red card did end up having a huge impact. Nonetheless, the three points will take Betis top if they hold on.
    • 90' Three minutes of added time for Betis to survive.
    • 87' Postiga is flagged offside which will provide some relief to the hosts.
    • 86' Mateos fires too high - Betis are trying to run down the clock where possible as they realise they're under real pressure.
    • 83' Mateos and Juan Carlos have threatened as Betis find themselves clinging on here.
    • 81' Zuculini has been booked - this is an incredible match!
    • 79' GOAL! Extraordinary stuff and we have some game on our hands. Postiga has a shot kept out by Goitia but Juan Carlos pounces on the rebound for his second. 4-3!
    • 78' Lafita's cross set up the goal, he's been very influential since the sending off.
    • 77' GOAL! Perhaps I spoke too soon. Zaragoza pull a goal back with 13 minutes remaining as Juan Carlos has enough space to perform an acrobatic finish to give his side hope.
    • 75' Lafita is heavily involved as he tries to spark his side into action but it's looking like the red card won't have a major influence on proceedings.
    • 70' That's put the cat amongst the pigeons a little and Zuculini has a shot off target.
    • 69' Inaki Goitia is brought on to play in goal with Pereira making way but the home side are down to 10 men.
    • 68' Referee Mateu Lahoz shows a red card to Casto who comes out of goal to bring down Luis Garcia!
    • 67' Postiga tries an overhead kick with little joy as it's getting a bit desperate for the visitors.
    • 64' Zuculini comes on in place of Micael - a lot of the sting has gone out of the game.
    • 61' Sergio Rodriguez is on for Montero, giving the Ecuadorian a rest.
    • 60' Lafita has another attempt but Zaragoza are starting to stare down the barrel of defeat here.
    • 56' Montero's dangerous cross just evades Santa Cruz - he's been lively has the winger.
    • 54' Lafita is guilty of a poor finish - shooting into the grateful arms of Casto.
    • 51' Real Zaragoza's official site is crediting their goal to Juarez and not Abraham but it's looking like it's going to be a consolation unless we have a rapid turnaround.
    • 50' Luis Garcia goes close to immediately reducing the deficit but his shot goes wide.
    • 49' GOAL! What a start to the second half! Betis have come out fired up and surely put the game to bed. Santa Cruz has his second with a textbook header from a Chica cross.
    • 48' Benat takes over spot-kicking duties with Sevilla off the field and makes no mistake for 3-1.
    • 47' Another penalty as Da Silva apparently handles a cross and is booked.
    • 46' The second half is underway.
    • 46' A surprise substitution as Juanma is on for Salva Sevilla.
    • 46' Spanish sources are now crediting the Zaragoza goal to Efrain Juárez.
    • 45' HALF TIME: Betis 2-1 Zaragoza. Join us for the second half.
    • 44' It's hard to argue that the visitors don't deserve to be back in this match and it promises to be an entertaining second half.
    • 42' Postiga's tame header is food and drink for Casto but this has been a very good response from Zaragoza after they were on the floor early on.
    • 42' Casto is not troubled by an ambitious attempt by Paulo da Silva.
    • 37' Ruben Micael fires a shot wide as Zaragoza have their tails up.
    • 35' GOAL! Zaragoza haul themselves back into it. Abraham was having a bad time tonight but he was on hand to score after Casto should have done better with a cross from Pablo Barrera with Lafita also involved. 2-1.
    • 34' Angel Lafita has a shot that is comfortably dealt with by Casto at the other end.
    • 32' Roberto mops up the danger but the midfield for the home side is on the top of their game - Iriney is helping dictate things.
    • 30' Zaragoza have improved after being shell-shocked by the rapid start but, with half an hour gone, they've rarely troubled Casto's goal and it's going to be a long way back from here.
    • 27' David Mateos does have his hands full with Santa Cruz - the Paraguayan is relishing first-team football.
    • 27' Santa Cruz looks a class act in attack, he's a great loan signing from Manchester City.
    • 25' That said, there's still quite a din at the ground. Great support from the locals.
    • 23' Casto manages to clear for Betis but the early fizz has gone out of the game somewhat.
    • 21' Helder Postiga and Leonardo Ponzio muster shots in response but there's no way back into the game on this occasion.
    • 20' The visitors are starting to close Betis down quicker but a lot of the damage has already been done here.
    • 18' Zaragoza have recovered to an extent after looking dazed for a while but they've been unable to keep possession.
    • 15' Montero gets away down the left again but the wide man's cross is dealt with by Roberto.
    • 13' Benat hits the wall with a free-kick as the hosts look to really ram home the advantage.
    • 12' Salva Sevilla makes no mistake from the spot, easily beating Roberto Jimenez and it's 2-0 already to the in-form hosts.
    • 12' Betis have won themselves a penalty as Abraham is having a torrid time. He brings down Jonathan Pereira and it looks the right decision.
    • 10' Betis can go top of the table above Valencia with a fourth straight victory tonight.
    • 9' That was Betis' first real threatening attack but it proved too hot for Zaragoza to handle.
    • 7' GOAL! Betis draw blood after only seven minutes. Roque Santa Cruz, on loan from Manchester City, gets it following great play by Chica with Abraham a little at fault. 1-0.
    • 5' Jefferson Montero stretches his legs and has a run which livens things up a little.
    • 4' Dorado is forced into making an early clearance under a little bit of pressure.
    • 3' Betis try to gain early control but it's about even in the opening exchanges.
    • 1' Off we go in the late kick-off in La Liga.
    • 21:00 SUBS: BETIS: Vadillo, Canas, Sergio, Goitia, Molina, Juanma, Ustaritz. /// ZARAGOZA: Orti, Carlos, Lanzaro, Franco, Oriol, Pinter, Paredes.
    • 20:58 Mateu Lahoz is tonight's referee at Benito Villamarin and kick-off isn't far away.
    • 20:57 TEAMS: BETIS: Casto, Chica, Amaya, Dorado, Nacho, Iriney, Beñat, Sevilla, Montero, Pereira, Santa Cruz. /// ZARAGOZA: Roberto, Juárez, Mateos, Da Silva, Abraham, Ponzio, Micael, Barrera, Lafita, Luis García, Postiga.
    • 20:55 Join us for live coverage of Real Betis v Real Zaragoza.
  • Summary

    • 12' Betis have won themselves a penalty as Abraham is having a torrid time. He brings down Jonathan Pereira and it looks the right decision.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Real Betis

    Manager: Pepe Mel

  • Real Zaragoza

    Manager: Javier Aguirre

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