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Spanish Primera BBVA

The Vallecas - Teresa Rivero (ATT 11,000) 27th January 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez

R Vallecano Rayo Vallecano vs Real Betis Real Betis

R Vallecano 3

Piti (pen 4)
A Delibasic (64)
Jose Carlos (83)

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Vallecano on the up

Last Updated: 27/01/13 6:21pm

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Piti scored from the spot for the hosts

Piti scored from the spot for the hosts

Rayo Vallecano moved to within a point of the Primera Division's top four with a comprehensive win over Real Betis at Vallecas.

A fourth-minute penalty from Piti got the hosts off to a flying start and they might have been even further ahead by the break had Roberto Trashorras not seen a fine effort come back off a post.

Andrija Delibasic would eventually double Rayo's advantage, heading home Jose Casado's cross at the end of a wonderful team move midway through the second-half, and Jose Carlos rounded off the scoring with a neat finish eight minutes from time.

Betis had been awarded a penalty inside two minutes of a 1-1 draw with Athletic Bilbao but they suffered the same fate early on when Adrian raced off his line to bring down Delibasic as the Montenegrin tried to round him.

Piti stepped up and, on his 200th appearance for Rayo, he just managed to squeeze his effort underneath the unfortunate goalkeeper.

Rayo continued to boss the early stages and could have been 2-0 up when a lovely dipping effort from Trashorras came back off the inside of the post.

Betis grew into the game as the half wore on, though, and after Joel Campbell had fired a warning shot straight at Ruben in the Rayo goal, Ruben Castro should have equalised but he dragged his shot wide with just the keeper to beat.

Adrian then had to be alert to prevent a Piti corner bending in at the back post and Lass Bangoura also missed a glorious opportunity to double the hosts advantage five minutes into the second-half, firing wide at the end of a flowing counter-attack.

The second goal would arrive with 26 minutes remaining, though, and when it did it was a thing of beauty. Alejandro Dominguez's backheel released Casado down the left and his cross was rocketed home by Delibasic.

Ruben then produced fine saves from Salva Sevilla's free-kick and from Castro to prevent Betis getting a late foothold in the game, with Carlos sealing a fine afternoon for Paco Jemez's men by slipping past two challenges inside the box to curl the ball into the far corner.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22