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Spanish Primera BBVA

Benito Villamarin (ATT 26,550) 21st December 2013 - Kick off 17:00 Ref: Juan Martinez Munuera

Real Betis Real Betis vs Almeria Almeria

Real Betis 0


Almeria 1

R Azeez (4)

Almeria edge to victory

Last Updated: 21/12/13 7:39pm

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Ramon Azeez: Proved the difference for Almeria

Ramon Azeez: Proved the difference for Almeria

Ramon Azeez's early goal was enough for Almeria to claim a much-needed Primera Division win over fellow strugglers Real Betis.

Azeez drilled a strike from 30 yards in only the third minute which beat the Betis defence in the only breakthrough of the game.

The result means Almeria climbed out of the bottom three and into 15th place while Betis remain rooted to the bottom of the overall standings.

After Azeez got the visitors off to the perfect start, Ruben Castro tried his luck from the middle of the area only to be denied by Marco Torsiglieri before Javier Matilla tested Almeria keeper Suarez Esteban with a fantastic strike from 25 yards.

Azeez forced a save from Guillermo Sara in the 36th minute, with the Betis keeper tipping his 25-yard strike round the post, before the action switched to the other end moments later when Juan Carlos was denied what would have been a 30-yard curling effort by Esteban.

Sara saved another good strike from Almeria's Oscar Diaz in the 41st minute before Jorge Molina Vidal fired a chance over the bar for the home side.

Despite the flurry of chances, Almeria kept their slender lead at the break, and the second half picked up where the first period had left off when Alvaro Vadillo's effort from the edge of the box was caught by Esteban.

Molina also hit his next strike directly at the keeper and Esteban saved a strong strike from Javier Matilla in the 70th minute to preserve his side's advantage.

Diaz blazed over the bar moments later at the other end in what was Almeria's last real chance of the match, with Nono's late strike from distance denied by the solid Esteban two minutes from the final whistle.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 16 38
3 Atletico Madrid 16 35
4 Valencia 16 31
5 Villarreal 16 30
6 Sevilla 15 30
7 Malaga 16 30
8 Celta Vigo 16 20
9 Eibar 16 20
10 Espanyol 16 20
11 Athletic Bilbao 16 19
12 Getafe 16 17
13 Rayo Vallecano 16 17
14 Real Sociedad 16 15
15 Levante 16 15
16 Almeria 16 13
17 Deportivo La Coruna 16 13
18 Granada 16 13
19 Cordoba 16 11
20 Elche 16 10