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Spanish Primera BBVA

Manuel Ruiz de Lopera (ATT 45,000) 12th May 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: F Teixeira Vitienes

Real Betis Real Betis vs Celta Vigo Celta Vigo

Real Betis 1

Ruben Castro (68)


Betis back to winning ways

Last Updated: 12/05/13 6:20pm

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Ruben Castro: Scored the game's only goal

Ruben Castro: Scored the game's only goal

Real Betis boosted their European hopes after ending a four-match winless run witha 1-0 victory over relegation-threatened Celta Vigo.

Ruben Castro's goal midway through the second half decided things in Betis' favour as they kept the heat up on stuttering Malaga in sixth spot.

For second-bottom Celta though, Sunday's result was another damaging setback following their recent mini-revival and they are now three points adrift of safety with just two games to go.

Celta had given themselves hope of avoiding an immediate return to the Segunda Division after picking up seven points from three matches but that run came to an end with last weekend's home defeat to Atletico Madrid and there was more disappointment in this game.

Both sides had chances to take a first-half lead but Castro was denied by a finger-tip save from visiting keeper Javi Varas in the 21st minute while Celta forward Michael Krohn-Delhi's 31st-minute effort was parried by Betis custodian Adrian.

The match followed a similar pattern at the start of the second half, with Castro and Krohn-Delhi again drawing saves from their opposing goalkeepers.

It was Castro who finally made one of his chances count though as he put Betis ahead in the 66th minute with a right-footed finish into the bottom corner following a cross from Francisco Chica.

Castro almost made it 2-0 five minutes later but this time he was thwarted in his latest duel with Varas.

Adrian was also earning his wages as well, and he produced a vital save to turn Borja Oubina's 75th-minute strike round the post.

That would be the closest Celta would come to an equaliser as substitute Danijel Pranjic failed to hit the target with his late opportunity.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 15 35
3 Atletico Madrid 15 32
4 Sevilla 15 30
5 Valencia 15 28
6 Villarreal 15 27
7 Malaga 15 27
8 Celta Vigo 15 20
9 Eibar 15 20
10 Athletic Bilbao 15 19
11 Espanyol 15 17
12 Rayo Vallecano 15 17
13 Getafe 15 16
14 Real Sociedad 15 14
15 Levante 15 14
16 Deportivo La Coruna 15 13
17 Granada 15 12
18 Cordoba 15 11
19 Almeria 15 10
20 Elche 15 10