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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 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25