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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 Barcelona 38 94
2 Real Madrid 38 92
3 Atletico Madrid 38 78
4 Valencia 38 77
5 Sevilla 38 76
6 Villarreal 38 60
7 Athletic Bilbao 38 55
8 Celta Vigo 38 51
9 Malaga 38 50
10 Espanyol 38 49
11 Rayo Vallecano 38 49
12 Real Sociedad 38 46
13 Elche 38 41
14 Levante 38 37
15 Getafe 38 37
16 Deportivo La Coruna 38 35
17 Granada 38 35
18 Eibar 38 35
19 Almeria 38 32
20 Cordoba 38 20