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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

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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 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22