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Spanish Primera BBVA

Benito Villamarin (ATT 34,300) 31st March 2014 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: A Mateu Lahoz

Real Betis Real Betis vs Malaga Malaga

Real Betis 1

L Reyes (30)

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Malaga 2

Juanmi (83)
S Darder (88)

Betis beaten by late goals

Last Updated: 31/03/14 11:21pm

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Sergi Darder (l): Got the winning goal late on for Malaga

Sergi Darder (l): Got the winning goal late on for Malaga

Real Betis saw their hopes of a vital Primera Division win snatched from their grasp as Malaga scored two late goals and Ruben Castro missed a last-minute penalty in Monday night's clash at Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera.

The game ended at 2-1 after Betis had held the lead following Lorenzo Reyes' 25-yard curling strike in the 30th minute.

The struggling home side, who are rooted to the bottom of the overall standings and started the game eight points adrift of safety, looked to set to claim three crucial points in their bid to survive until Malaga striker Juanmi netted an equaliser in the 83rd minute.

With a point still something of a positive result for a team which has taken seven of their 22 points from the last four games, they were to be denied even that thanks to Sergi Darder's 86th-minute winner.

The result leaves Betis eight adrift of Osasuna, Almeria and Real Valladolid and nine beind Getafe in a congested bottom section of the table.

Malaga, on the other hand, climbed further clear of the drop zone and into 12th place.

The game had started off fairly evenly until Reyes broke the deadlock on the half-hour mark when he curled a strike into the top corner of Willy Caballero's goal.

Malaga struggled to get any shots on target in the first period, and they left it late to hit their straps, with Nordin Amrabat setting up Juanmi for his close range leveller with seven minutes left on the clock.

Amrabat was the provider again three minutes later, with Darder the recipient, as Malaga claimed the winner from the boot of the Spaniard.

Betis had the chance to claim a point from the penalty spot in the dying moments after Nacho Camacho brought down Alfred N'Diaye, but Castro's power-kick hit the crossbar.

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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