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Spanish Primera BBVA

Manuel Ruiz de Lopera (ATT 30,000) 22nd December 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Undiano Mallenco

Real Betis Real Betis vs Real Mallorca Mallorca

Real Betis 1

Benat (5)


Mallorca 2

Victor (31)
J Marquez (pen 48)

Mallorca back to winning ways

Last Updated: 22/12/12 5:50pm

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Joel Campbell and Tomas Pina Isla in aerial battle

Joel Campbell and Tomas Pina Isla in aerial battle

Mallorca got their first win in 15 games in all competitions as they came from behind to beat Champions League-chasing Real Betis 2-1 at the Benito Villamarin.

Benat's free-kick had given the hosts an early lead, but Victor brought the Islanders level with a fine header on the half-hour mark.

And the comeback was completed just two minutes into the second half when Mario's challenge on Victor was deemed to have taken place inside the area and Javi Marquez comfortably slotted home the resultant penalty.

Betis manager Pepe Mel had warned his side of complacency after losing against Rayo Vallecano and Granada already this season in games they were expected to win and it appeared his troops had taken that advice on board as they started with great tempo and intent.

The opener arrived in slightly fortuitous fashion, though, as Benat's free-kick from the left was missed by everyone in the middle and bounced into the far corner of the net after just three minutes.

Joel Campbell and Jorge Molina both then had great chances to double the advantage but neither could find the target when presented with clear sights of goal and those misses were to prove vital as Mallorca took advantage of a drop in Betis' intensity after the opening 20 minutes.

Victor equalised with an excellent header from Kevin Garcia's cross which sneaked past Adrian low inside his left-hand post, but Betis could easily have been back in front before the break as Dudu Aouate made a smart save from Jose Canas' volley and Jose Nunes cleared Ruben Castro's effort off the line from the resulting corner.

However, Mel's men found themselves behind just two minutes into the second half as Mario brought down Victor and although the contact appeared to be outside the area, referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco pointed to the spot and Marquez slotted his penalty right down the middle for his first Mallorca goal.

Betis then went in search of the equaliser that would have moved them into fourth, but long-range strikes from Javi Chica and Benat that Aouate turned behind were the closest they came as Mallorca held on for a huge three points that move them up to 15th.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 37 93
2 Real Madrid 37 89
3 Atletico Madrid 37 77
4 Valencia 37 74
5 Sevilla 37 73
6 Villarreal 37 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 37 52
8 Malaga 37 50
9 Espanyol 37 49
10 Rayo Vallecano 37 49
11 Celta Vigo 37 48
12 Real Sociedad 37 43
13 Elche 37 40
14 Getafe 37 37
15 Levante 37 36
16 Granada 37 34
17 Deportivo La Coruna 37 34
18 Eibar 37 32
19 Almeria 37 32
20 Cordoba 37 20