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Spanish Primera BBVA

Balaidos (ATT 19,000) 24th January 2014 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Hernandez Hernandez

Celta Vigo Celta Vigo vs Real Betis Real Betis

Celta Vigo 4

F Orellana (22, 39)
Charles (31)
Nolito (73)

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Real Betis 2

Ruben Castro (17, 78)
C Mabwati (S/O 90+1)

Celta Vigo take victory

Last Updated: 24/01/14 10:23pm

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Ruben Castro: Two goals not enough for Real Betis

Ruben Castro: Two goals not enough for Real Betis

Celta Vigo ensured Gabriel Calderon's first game as Real Betis coach ended in disappointment as they ran out 4-2 winners against the Primera Division basement boys at Balaidos on Friday night.

The Argentinian was appointed after Betis sacked Juan Carlos Garrido this week in a bid to improve the fortunes of a team which had collected just 11 points from their opening 20 fixtures in La Liga.

His tenure had looked set to get off to a positive start when Ruben Castro gave the visitors the lead in the 17th minute, but two goals from Fabian Orellana and one from Charles turned the match on its head before half-time.

Substitute Nolito added a fourth goal for the hosts 17 minutes from time and, although Ruben's second of the game made the scoreline more respectable, it was too little, too late.

It all started brightly enough for Calderon's team, Ruben despatching a left-footed shot home from close range from Juanfran's right-wing cross.

The lead lasted only five minutes, though, before Orellana headed Rafinha's cross past Guillermo Sara.

Charles made it 2-1 just after the half hour mark when he nodded a Hugo Mallo centre into the net.

Sara had to be alert to keep his side only one goal down soon after, tipping another Charles header - this time from an Orellana corner - away to safety, but it was not long before the home fans were celebrating goal number three.

Charles this time turned provider, setting up Orellana for a clinical right-footed finish into the top-right corner.

Luis Enrique's side pulled further clear in the 73rd minute when Nolito met Charles' right-wing cross with a volley which had the beating of Sara.

Ruben got it back to a two-goal deficit five minutes later by diverting Salva Sevilla's free-kick past Celta goalkeeper Yoel, but the visitors could make no further inroads.

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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