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Spanish Primera BBVA

Manuel Ruiz de Lopera (ATT 52,000) 26th May 2013 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: A Mateu Lahoz

Real Betis Real Betis vs Real Zaragoza Zaragoza

Real Betis 4

Ruben Castro (1)
D Pabon (17, 71)
J Molina (50)


Zaragoza 0

Zaragoza in peril

Last Updated: 26/05/13 10:38pm

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Castro opened the scoring

Castro opened the scoring

Real Zaragoza slipped closer to the relegation trapdoor after a thumping defeat at European hopefuls Real Betis.

Manolo Jimenez's men were torn apart in Seville and will go into the final day of the season next weekend at home to Atletico Madrid in 19th place, a point adrift of Deportivo La Coruna in 17th.

A win at Betis would have gone a long way to assuring them of a place among the elite next season but they never got started, falling behind inside 15 seconds to a Ruben Castro strike and they were two down when Dorlan Pabon netted after 17 minutes.

Jorge Molina added a third five minutes into the second half and Pabon completed a miserable night for Zaragoza 20 minutes from time.

Zaragoza's misery was in stark contrast to Betis' joy, the win consolidating them in seventh place which would be good enough for a place in the Europa League at season's end.

The hosts could not have asked for a better start as Molina played in Castro to fire past goalkeeper Roberto inside a minute.

Castro headed wide from six yards after 11 minutes but the second goal was not long in coming, Castro turning provider with a cross which Pabon turned in from close range.

Rodri nodded wide as Zaragoza briefly threatened a comeback at the start of the second half but their hopes of salvaging something were effectively ended shortly after when Pabon supplied Molina for a crisp finish.

Indeed, had it not been for Roberto the damage could have been significantly worse.

The former Benfica goalkeeper saved well from Castro and Molina but was powerless to prevent Pabon from making it 4-0 with a low drive.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 25 61
2 Barcelona 25 59
3 Atletico Madrid 25 54
4 Valencia 25 53
5 Sevilla 25 46
6 Villarreal 25 45
7 Malaga 25 41
8 Espanyol 25 32
9 Celta Vigo 24 31
10 Athletic Bilbao 25 30
11 Rayo Vallecano 25 29
12 Real Sociedad 25 27
13 Eibar 25 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