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Spanish Primera BBVA

Manuel Ruiz de Lopera (ATT 40,000) 9th November 2012 - Kick off 20:30 Ref: C Delgado Ferreiro

Real Betis Real Betis vs Granada Granada

Real Betis 1

Ruben Castro (62)

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Granada 2

G Torje (8)
Mikel Rico (74)

Shock win for Granada

Last Updated: 09/11/12 11:25pm

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Granada celebrate a famous victory

Granada celebrate a famous victory

Granada upset high-flying Real Betis 2-1 to climb out of the Primera Division relegation zone.

Betis went into the match hoping to pick up three points and, at least briefly, move ahead of Real Madrid in third place, while their visitors started the day second bottom of the standings.

But the form book went out of the window as Gabriel Torje gave Granada an eighth-minute lead and Mikel Rico sealed victory after Ruben Castro's equaliser.

Neither side had created anything of note until the away side took the lead, Dani Benitez providing the cross from the left flank and Torje meeting the ball left-footed to convert from the edge of the area.

Etxebarria Benat attempted to level soon after but his long-range effort was blocked by Allan Nyom, while Juan Carlos shot wide from 12 yards.

Torje sent a free-kick over the bar in the 21st minute, while Betis continued to create chances - Salva Sevilla and Jorge Molina off target.

Benat also missed with a free-kick five minutes before the break as Granada held their advantage.

The equaliser did arrive 17 minutes into the second period, Castro reeling off a neat volleyed finish after good support from Alex Martinez.

The game opened up a little after that, Benitez drawing a good save from Adrian within three minutes of the goal and Damien Perquis responding by sending a rising shot just too high from the edge of the box.

Benitez had another chance for Granada before their second goal arrived in the 74th minute through Rico, who converted left-footed across Adrian following Nyom's pass.

Perquis saw his header bounce back off the post three minutes later and the woodwork took another blow at the other end when Youssef El Arabi rattled the Betis frame.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 24 60
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 24 53
4 Valencia 24 50
5 Sevilla 24 45
6 Villarreal 24 44
7 Malaga 25 41
8 Espanyol 25 32
9 Celta Vigo 24 31
10 Rayo Vallecano 25 29
11 Real Sociedad 24 27
12 Eibar 24 27
13 Athletic Bilbao 24 27
14 Getafe 25 26
15 Deportivo La Coruna 25 25
16 Almeria 25 24
17 Elche 24 23
18 Levante 25 22
19 Granada 25 19
20 Cordoba 25 18