Thursday October 27, 2011 Day 10 Finished Estadio Cornellá-El Prat

RCD Espanyol 1 - 0 Real Betis

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  1. Espanyol extend Betis losing streak

    Espanyol extend Betis losing streak

    Espanyol moved to sixth in La Liga after Walter Pandiani's second-half header proved enough to beat Real Betis 1-0. More

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    Time:90'
    • RCD Espanyol
    • Real Betis
    • 90+3 Final whistle, a deserved win for Espanyol who move above Betis and into sixth; Betis, meanwhile, have lost five in a row. Last time that happened they were relegated...
    • 90+3 Garcia races in but can't get the finish away, outnumbered by defenders.
    • 90+2 Bit of a damp squib the end of this match - Betis have shown nada since half-time and this win will be deserved.
    • 90+1 Three minutes added time...
    • 90' Espanyol have decided that attack is the best form of defence as Javi Lopez bombs down the right, his cross earning a corner.
    • 89' Yellow card for Jonathan.
    • 88' Pandiani tries a spectacular volley but he sends it well wide in the end.
    • 87' Moreno shepherds the ball back to Casto with Canas lurking...
    • 86' ESPANYOL SUB: Baena on for the crocked Romaric.
    • 85' An injury to Espanyol's Romaric... the stretcher is on...
    • 84' Espanyol have a throw on their left and Didac will take all night for this....
    • 83' Castro is convinced he won a corner but the ref indicates he ran it out of play unaided - goal kick.
    • 82' Benat has a pop from a long way out but it hits a defender. Betis putting some pressure on now.
    • 81' Forlin clobbers Jonathan and now he is booked.
    • 80' Good defending from the visitors as three combine to bring it clear.
    • 79' Romaric has a pop but well wide. Goal kick Betis.
    • 78' Corner Betis on the right... Delay in taking it... Benat puts it in but Rodriguez heads behind. Corner. No. Goal kick - hit Jonathan.
    • 77' BETIS SUB: The visitors have made a change... Jonathan has come on for Nacho.
    • 76' Great cross by Didac Vila for that goal - and despite being little under six foot - Pandiani has the leap of a giant and met that beautifully with downward header inside the far post.
    • 75' GOAL ESPANYOL! AND IT'S PANDIANI WITH A TRADEMARK HEADER!
    • 74' Corner to Espanyol won by Datolo on the left. Good movement from his team-mates, applause drawn. Poor corner though.
    • 73' Espanyol playing it about patiently looking for an opening as a cross by Lopez lands on the roof of the net. Poor.
    • 72' Garcia on the move, beating one man then another but his low cross is straight at Tosic who clears. Pandiani was waiting!
    • 71' Castro strolls off for a boot or shinpad change...
    • 70' Castro on the run but, despite getting inside Didac, he overruns it out for a goal kick.
    • 69' ESPANYOL SUB: Vazquez appears to be paying the price for his inability to find the target as Pandiani - el Rifle, to his mates - comes on in his place.
    • 67' Romaric fouls Benat and Betis have some ball again.
    • 66' This is probably the first time this half the Espanyol defenders have had anything to do. Another clearance to touch.
    • 65' Betis finally get forward as Ruben Castro gets on the ball but cleared to touch by Moreno.
    • 64' Javi Lopez nails Tosic and is booked.
    • 63' GREAT STOP CASTO! With his legs I think! Vazquez again, a much more difficult one on the volley at the far post, but the keeper made himself big!
    • 62' WIDE BY VAZQUEZ! Should have scored lad, great low pass from Didac on the left that cut the defence apart and Alvaro just had the keeper to beat but - first time and on the move - he dragged it wide.
    • 61' Verdu almost gets on to a lofted pas into the box but the keeper claims.
    • 59' Betis have completely withdrawn after an impressive first half - whatever Pepe Mel has said to them appears to have destroyed their confidence. They can barely string two passes together.
    • 58' OFF THE POST FROM POINT BLANK RANGE! A corner from the left saw Romaric head downwards and, after the bounce, Garcia just had the keeper to beat but his finish on the turn hit wood!
    • 57' ESPANYOL SUB: Marquez has not recovered from that kick and is replaced by Datolo.
    • 56' Vazquez pokes it wide after a superb through-ball from Verdu! Espanyol turning the screw now!
    • 56' Benat late on Javi Marquez and he is booked.
    • 55' Immediately there is panic in the Betis defence as Castro gets a chance to finish from the left with the keeper stranded but Ustaritz comes across to block his attempted shot!
    • 54' That is a very negative change I must say. Not sure what Pepe Mel hopes to achieve with that.
    • 53' BETIS SUB: Tosic comes on for Santa Cruz. He's a defender.
    • 52' A throw to Betis gives them a breather after a lengthy spell of hosts' possession.
    • 51' The half has yet to take off as the first did but Espanyol are having the better of it so far - Betis a touch coy perhaps.
    • 49' Vazquez with an effort from range but it fizzes just over the bar!
    • 47' Lopez wth a cross that almost reaches Vazquez but he's leaning back as he flicks the header well wide.
    • 46' BETIS SUB: Dorado comes on for Mario. I assume there's an injury...
    • 46' The second half is underway!
    • 45+1 Half-time and goalless in Barcelona.
    • 45' Garcia tries to turn on the edge of the box but Chica blocks and brings it away.
    • 44' Castro goes down very easy when faced with Rodriguez after cutting inside towards goal. Not a chance of a pen.
    • 43' Espanyol with a breather as Garcia comes forward but Mario brings it clear.
    • 42' Canas almost connects with the loose ball from the corner but Moreno hoofs away.
    • 41' Another decent stop from Alvarez, Castro again in there. Betis looking likely all of a sudden. Corner.
    • 40' Alvarez with a diving stop to deny Canas and Castro can get on the rebound but two defenders hurl themselves in and somehow Espanyol survive!
    • 38' Well that was a pretty hectic spell, but it's settled down again as Espanyol keep the ball.
    • 36' Alvarez now forced into action with a diving stop from Benat's curler after hold-up play by Santa Cruz. Corner.
    • 35' WHAT A SAVE BY CASTO! Verdu arrived with a slick, first-time volley after a cheeky flick from Vazquez but teh keeper was equal to it!
    • 34' Romaric with a wild effort well wide. Goes for a throw in the end!
    • 33' The corner comes to nothing as the home side clear to touch.
    • 32' Corner to the visitors after Santa Cruz sets up Castro whose shot leavesthe keeper for dead but is deflected wide.
    • 31' Poor ball by Juanma when he had plenty of options, Verdu picks it up now.
    • 30' Alvarez now almost caught out by Iriney's effort but it goes over.
    • 29' Javi Lopez now gets in space on the right and his cross almost veers into the back of the net but Casto readjusts to claim under his bar.
    • 28' Didac on the left has space and options but his cross is straight into Ustartitz.
    • 27' Betis are now stroking it about the back, before Canas goes long - too long, out for a throw.
    • 25' A lull after that frantic opening quarter as both sides slip into short and somewhat negative passing routines.
    • 23' Juanma down the Betis left gets the better of Lopez but he then gets the cross all wrong, swinging it behind for a goal kick.
    • 22' Garcia tries a curler from the right and he thinks that hit an arm but it went into the midriff of Ustaritz again.
    • 21' The ball is lofted into the box but Ustaritz is strong in the air andgets a head on it.
    • 20' The ref explains why no penalty was given - there was an offside and it would not have counted. There you go.
    • 19' JUST WIDE BY VAZQUEZ! He raced on to a low cross and appeared to be impeded by Ustaritz, still getting a foot on it but off balance he dragged it wide! Surely a penalty?
    • 18' The replay shows Chica's arms were by his side and it was definitely ball-to-hand. Probably the right decision to let play go on.
    • 17' Marquez with a super run down the left, he cuts inside, hugging the byline and cuts it back for Garcia and off the arm of Chica! Penalty they yell, but nothing given!
    • 15' Casto is normally second choice to Inaki Goita, who is out at the moment; similarly Christian Alvarez in the Espanyol goal played back-up to Carlos Kameni, but he is actually simply first choice these days with the Cameroonian out of favour with Pochettino.
    • 14' GREAT SAVE CASTO! Javi Marquez flew in with a superb volley from the edge of the box but the Betis keeper dived to his right and tipped it away one-handed!
    • 13' Ustaritz fails to intercept a Garcia through ball and Vazquez is clean through! But a super saving challenge from Mari blocks his attempt to cut back and finish and Betis survive!
    • 12' Forlin has a stop and chat with the ref over something. Possibly the decision not to award a free-kick for a Santa Cruz challenge.
    • 11' Garcia again on the right but Canas is again in his way and the cross trickles to Casto.
    • 10' Santa Cruz is unable to trap a high ball and it sails out for a goal kick.
    • 8' Slack ball from Verdu is beyond Vazquez and out for a throw.
    • 7' Ball over the top frees Garcia wide right but his cross is poor, against the defender and out for a throw.
    • 5' Casto gathers the corner well this time and Betis move forward with Chica.
    • 4' Alvarez punches the cross clear and, down the other end, Casto flaps and gives away a corner.
    • 3' Early free-kick for the visitors which Benat whips in, tipped over by Alvarez.
    • 1' The first half is underway!
    • 18:58 Pepe Mel: "I have seen match against Rayo two or three times now and more than just not taking the clear chances that we created there was something else. We didn't press quickly enough and this allowed them to get balls in behind us. I saw a clear example of this also in the Bernabeu (in the 4-1 defeat to Real Madrid two weeks ago) in the pass from (Angel) Di Maria to (Gonzalo) Higuain between the centre-backs. We pushed out late and the defence was left exposed."
    • 18:58 Mauricio Pochettino: "Betis are a wounded opponent and we will need our maximum concentration, attitude and aggressiveness to take something out of the game. It is a very important game for us and we are taking it very seriously. We will have to suffer to achieve a positive result. Betis play good football and with great pace, they are a very difficult opponent and we have to compete with their high tempo."
    • 18:55 FACT: The periquitos have scored in their last 11 league games at home to Betis; All but one (the first) of the Catalonians' league goals this season have come in the second half.
    • 18:55 FACT: Betis started the season brilliantly but have stuttered recently, with four losses on the trot taking them from top to eighth in a month. The last time Betis lost four straight games in Primera they were relegated (2008-09) as they were the last time they lost five in a row (1990-91); This will be Betis’ first league match at the new Cornella-El Prat.
    • 18:50 TEAMS - Espanyol: Alvarez, Lopez, Didac, Moreno, Rodriguez, Verdu, Forlin, Marquez, Romaric, Garcia, Vazquez; Subs: Baena, Amat, Galan, Weiss, Datolo, Casilla, Pandiani /// Betis: Casto, Chica, Canas, Mario, Ustaritz, Juanma, Iriney, Benat, Nacho, Casto, Santa Cruz; Subs: Jonathan, Pozielo, Criado, Matilla, Fabricio, Tosic, Dorado
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Espanyol's La Liga clash with Real Betis at the Estadio Cornell-el Prat, kicking off at 7pm UK time.
  • Summary

    • 75' GOAL ESPANYOL! AND IT'S PANDIANI WITH A TRADEMARK HEADER!
    • 63' GREAT STOP CASTO! With his legs I think! Vazquez again, a much more difficult one on the volley at the far post, but the keeper made himself big!
    • 62' WIDE BY VAZQUEZ! Should have scored lad, great low pass from Didac on the left that cut the defence apart and Alvaro just had the keeper to beat but - first time and on the move - he dragged it wide.
    • 58' OFF THE POST FROM POINT BLANK RANGE! A corner from the left saw Romaric head downwards and, after the bounce, Garcia just had the keeper to beat but his finish on the turn hit wood!
    • 56' Vazquez pokes it wide after a superb through-ball from Verdu! Espanyol turning the screw now!
    • 55' Immediately there is panic in the Betis defence as Castro gets a chance to finish from the left with the keeper stranded but Ustaritz comes across to block his attempted shot!
    • 40' Alvarez with a diving stop to deny Canas and Castro can get on the rebound but two defenders hurl themselves in and somehow Espanyol survive!
    • 36' Alvarez now forced into action with a diving stop from Benat's curler after hold-up play by Santa Cruz. Corner.
    • 35' WHAT A SAVE BY CASTO! Verdu arrived with a slick, first-time volley after a cheeky flick from Vazquez but teh keeper was equal to it!
    • 32' Corner to the visitors after Santa Cruz sets up Castro whose shot leavesthe keeper for dead but is deflected wide.
    • 19' JUST WIDE BY VAZQUEZ! He raced on to a low cross and appeared to be impeded by Ustaritz, still getting a foot on it but off balance he dragged it wide! Surely a penalty?
    • 17' Marquez with a super run down the left, he cuts inside, hugging the byline and cuts it back for Garcia and off the arm of Chica! Penalty they yell, but nothing given!
    • 14' GREAT SAVE CASTO! Javi Marquez flew in with a superb volley from the edge of the box but the Betis keeper dived to his right and tipped it away one-handed!
    • 13' Ustaritz fails to intercept a Garcia through ball and Vazquez is clean through! But a super saving challenge from Mari blocks his attempt to cut back and finish and Betis survive!
    • 18:50 TEAMS - Espanyol: Alvarez, Lopez, Didac, Moreno, Rodriguez, Verdu, Forlin, Marquez, Romaric, Garcia, Vazquez; Subs: Baena, Amat, Galan, Weiss, Datolo, Casilla, Pandiani /// Betis: Casto, Chica, Canas, Mario, Ustaritz, Juanma, Iriney, Benat, Nacho, Casto, Santa Cruz; Subs: Jonathan, Pozielo, Criado, Matilla, Fabricio, Tosic, Dorado

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  • RCD Espanyol

    Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

  • Real Betis

    Manager: Pepe Mel

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