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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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Real Betis 0

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 Real Madrid 12 30
2 Barcelona 12 28
3 Atletico Madrid 12 26
4 Valencia 12 24
5 Sevilla 12 23
6 Malaga 12 21
7 Celta Vigo 12 20
8 Villarreal 12 18
9 Athletic Bilbao 12 15
10 Getafe 12 14
11 Rayo Vallecano 12 14
12 Eibar 12 13
13 Levante 12 12
14 Espanyol 12 11
15 Granada 12 11
16 Real Sociedad 12 10
17 Almeria 12 10
18 Deportivo La Coruna 12 10
19 Elche 12 10
20 Cordoba 12 7