Saturday February 11, 2012 Day 23 Finished Estadio Benito Villamarin

Real Betis 2 - 1 Athletic Bilbao

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    Late Betis strike beats Bilbao

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Betis
    • Athletic Bilbao
    • 90+3' Iraizoz goes up for a set-piece but the final whistle blows and Betis win thanks to a late strike from Nelson! Betis move three points away from the bottom three.
    • 90+2' Gaizka Toquero comes on for Aurenetxe as Bilbao go for an equaliser.
    • 90+1' GOAL! Betis 2-1 Bilbao! What a strike from right-back Nelson! The corner is cleared back into his path and he produces a fantastic volleyed drive to beat Iraizoz.
    • 90' Betis howl for a penalty when Benat's delivery appears to strike the arm of Ekiza. It didn't look deliberate but he left his arm protruding.
    • 89' Iriney with another rather reckless shot that goes nowhere near the target. That was a poor effort from the Betis star.
    • 89' Susaeta with the delivery but Llorente turns his back on the ball and it pops up into the air and over the bar.
    • 88' Paulao is penalised for leaping into the back of Llorente and Bilbao have a free-kick in a decent position.
    • 86' Betis manager Pepe Mel appears to be getting in a bit of trouble, though he remains on the touchline. I think he was getting mouthy with the officials.
    • 84' A fine effort from Benat takes a deflection off Llorente but Iraizoz makes an excellent save to stop the dipping effort at his left-hand post.
    • 82' The ball drops to San Jose at the back post but he can't execute his volley properly as he gets his shot all wrong.
    • 80' So close for Ruben! Nacho puts a ball into the box and though the striker is at full stretch he just fails to get his toe to the ball. So unlucky.
    • 78' A nice run from Ruben across the front of goal but when he does get his shot away it is blocked by a Bilbao shirt.
    • 77' Pozuelo pulls the ball back for Iriney but he drags his shot right across the face of goal and wide.
    • 75' Here is that change as Santa Cruz comes on for Molina to join Ruben in the Betis attack.
    • 73' Betis are preparing Roque Santa Cruz on the touchline.
    • 72' Nelson is in trouble for a trip on Iturraspe.
    • 70' Betis also make a change as talented youngster Pozuelo comes on for Sevilla.
    • 69' Muniain replaced by Borja Ekiza for Bilbao.
    • 68' Ruben fails to get a shot away when controlling a ball from the left but he plays in Sevilla, whose shot is blocked by Amorebieta.
    • 66' A Benat delivery is cleared and pops out to Jonathan, who belts an effort well over the bar.
    • 64' Martinez is off! The Bilbao defender picks up a second yellow for raising his arms when challenging Jonathan by the touchline. It's a bit of a soft one really.
    • 63' Iraola is given offside when trying to pull down a Susaeta cross but Paulao was clearly playing him on. A poor decision.
    • 62' Benat with a dangerous free kick from the left and Sevilla's run is not picked up, but the Betis man heads wide when he should hit the target.
    • 60' Benat is a nice player but he steams into the back of Iturraspe to pick up a yellow card.
    • 58' Martinez saunters forward from the back and gets his shot away, but the effort flies over the bar for Bilbao.
    • 56' Great save! Llorente meets a wonderful pall into the box from Susaeta and produces a firm header, only to see Fabricio get across to palm it clear.
    • 55' Montero is replaced by Jonathan up front for Betis.
    • 54' Nelson plays in Molina to the left of the box but San Jose comes across to get his block in.
    • 52' Iriney gets forward for Betis but gets his shot all wrong as it flies wide of the post.
    • 50' Aurtenetxe follows him into the book for a handball.
    • 49' Molina is booked, I am not sure why though.
    • 48' Goal disallowed! So unlucky for Betis. Benat plays in Ruben with an absolutely delightful, disguised pass and the forward thumps his shot against the bar off Iraizoz. Sevilla follows up to head home but is rightly given offside.
    • 47' Iriney is booked for a very clumsy tackle on Muniain.
    • 46' Mikel san Jose has come on for Perez for Bilbao.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+2' HALF TIME. A frantic end to the half but it remains 1-1.
    • 45+2' And now Betis respond as Perez forces Fabricio into a fine stop with a fierce low effort from the edge of the box!
    • 45+1' What a run from Montero! He slaloms into the box, plays a neat one-two with Molina and then hammers the bar with a fearsome shot. So unlucky!
    • 45' A big chance goes wasted for Betis! Molina suddenly breaks free in space on the right of the box but instead of taking the shot on himself he curiously tries to square for Ruben, only to see his pass cut out.
    • 44' Stat from Opta: "Betis have only won one of their last five league games against Athletic: the meeting earlier this season (W1 D1 L3)."
    • 42' Bilbao have to soak up further pressure as Betis come at them from wide positions.
    • 40' Another corner from Susaeta but Betis clear again. Bilbao haven't created too much apart from set-pieces.
    • 38' Montero comes away with the ball from a challenge in the centre of the pitch and tries a frankly outrageous effort from range. It is blocked, before Benat then has another shot from range that Iraizoz saves with ease.
    • 37' Susaeta takes another dangerous corner from the right but Benat heads behind. Susaeta has another go and this time goes short, but the routine goes horribly wrong.
    • 35' Llorente clashes with Paulao in that aerial challenge and requires a bit of treatment after apparently getting clattered in the head.
    • 34' Now Aurtenetxe gets in space down the left and delivers a cross for Llorente, who else? His header lacks the pace or direction required though as it bounces wide.
    • 33' Stat from Opta: "Athletic have won none of the five league games in which Aurtenetxe hasn’t played this season (D1 L4)."
    • 32' Sevilla breaks down the left and forces Martinez into a desperate clearance behind for yet another corner. Betis are applying plenty of pressure at the moment.
    • 31' Now Benat snakes his way into the box and gets his shot away, only to see it deflected behind for a corner off Amorebieta.
    • 30' Benat, who is increasingly influential, pings in another cross from the left and Paulao is given offside when he heads his head to it.
    • 29' Martinez goes into the book for a pretty heavy challenge on Ruben.
    • 28' Now Montero is chopped down by Andoni Iraola to win a free kick wide on the left. Benat delivers the ball but Bilbao head clear. When Benat puts another cross in the ball pops out to Dorado, who sees his volley blocked by Llorente.
    • 26' Betis respond. Martinez cuts out a pass well on the edge of the box but the ball rolls into the path of Montero, who drives his shot just wide of the upright.
    • 25' Muniain plays in Perez once again and the midfielder produces a rather ambitious yet dangerous effort from about 30 yards that forces a decent diving save from Fabricio.
    • 23' GOAL! Betis 1-1 Bilbao! Javi Martinez levels for the visitors. Susaeta with the delivery from the right and the big defender stoops to direct his header past Fabricio. Nice work.
    • 21' Muniain looks to create a spark for Bilbao and dodges a challenge before slipping in Inigo Perez, but the midfielder can't retain control of the ball as it runs away from him.
    • 19' Bilbao construct a neat move that concludes with Llorente pulling the trigger and seeing his effort from the edge of the box blocked by an opponent.
    • 18' Stat from Opta: "Fernando Llorente has scored in four consecutive league games for the first time this season: no player has scored in five in a row in 2011/12."
    • 16' Fernando Amorebieta produces a rather weak back-pass, forcing Iraizoz to shepherd the ball out in a rather risky manoeuvre.
    • 15' Iker Muniain embarks on a clever little run for the first time and threatens to break through on goal, only to be halted in his tracks.
    • 14' Salva Sevilla swings in a cross from the right for Betis but Paulao can't get a clean head to the ball as the home side win a corner. Dorado flicks it on but the ball soars out of play.
    • 12' Betis have conceded a succession of fouls and this time it is Santos Iriney with a clumsy challenge. They have disrupted Bilbao to good effect though.
    • 11' Stat from Opta: "Betis have only won one of their last five league games against Athletic: the meeting earlier this season (W1 D1 L3)."
    • 10' GOAL! Betis 1-0 Bilbao! What a goal from Ruben! The forward produces a delicious finish. It's a decent move down the left wing and the ball deflects off Javi Martinez and rolls into the path of Ruben, who curls his shot out of the reach of Gorka Iraizoz and inside the far post.
    • 8' Stat from Opta: "Bilbao have scored in all but one of their last eight league games (except against Getafe)."
    • 7' Susaeta finds space again on the right but again he doesn't supply the correct ball into the box.
    • 5' Ruben Castro finds to find space 25 yards from goal, twists and turns, but can't get a clean shot away as his effort skews off to the left.
    • 4' Perez Nacho plays a nice ball over the top for Jefferson Montero but the Betis forward can't wrestle control of the ball.
    • 3' Stat from Opta: "Betis side are without a win in four in the league (D1 L3)."
    • 2' Susaeta finds space on the right but his cross is far, far too deep and flies over the head of Fernando Llorente.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • - Pepe Mel: "We will do everything we can, including changing many things to avoid losing. For example, we need to up the intensity of our play, even more than the result the fans here demand that you leave everything on the pitch. We can't make mistakes, they are an intense team that plays good football. We have to do the same."
    • - Marcelo Bielsa (on making the Copa del Rey final): "I had never before seen the fans as involved, influential and happy. I had many testimonies about the explosive atmosphere, but it is different to actually hear it (first hand). It feels very nice when football causes such excitement in people in such a healthy way. It is one of the best things about football."
    • - Mario is suspended for the hosts after being sent-off for the third time this season in the 1-0 defeat to Mallorca last weekend. Chechu Dorado should take his place in central defence and Nacho will regain his place at left-back.
    • - Benat Extebarria will also return in midfield and there could even be starts for Jorge Molina and Jonathan Pereira.
    • - Welcome to LIVE text coverage of Real Betis' La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' GOAL! Betis 2-1 Bilbao! What a strike from right-back Nelson! The corner is cleared back into his path and he produces a fantastic volleyed drive to beat Iraizoz.
    • 84' A fine effort from Benat takes a deflection off Llorente but Iraizoz makes an excellent save to stop the dipping effort at his left-hand post.
    • 80' So close for Ruben! Nacho puts a ball into the box and though the striker is at full stretch he just fails to get his toe to the ball. So unlucky.
    • 68' Ruben fails to get a shot away when controlling a ball from the left but he plays in Sevilla, whose shot is blocked by Amorebieta.
    • 64' Martinez is off! The Bilbao defender picks up a second yellow for raising his arms when challenging Jonathan by the touchline. It's a bit of a soft one really.
    • 56' Great save! Llorente meets a wonderful pall into the box from Susaeta and produces a firm header, only to see Fabricio get across to palm it clear.
    • 48' Goal disallowed! So unlucky for Betis. Benat plays in Ruben with an absolutely delightful, disguised pass and the forward thumps his shot against the bar off Iraizoz. Sevilla follows up to head home but is rightly given offside.
    • 45+2' And now Betis respond as Perez forces Fabricio into a fine stop with a fierce low effort from the edge of the box!
    • 45+1' What a run from Montero! He slaloms into the box, plays a neat one-two with Molina and then hammers the bar with a fearsome shot. So unlucky!
    • 45' A big chance goes wasted for Betis! Molina suddenly breaks free in space on the right of the box but instead of taking the shot on himself he curiously tries to square for Ruben, only to see his pass cut out.
    • 34' Now Aurtenetxe gets in space down the left and delivers a cross for Llorente, who else? His header lacks the pace or direction required though as it bounces wide.
    • 28' Now Montero is chopped down by Andoni Iraola to win a free kick wide on the left. Benat delivers the ball but Bilbao head clear. When Benat puts another cross in the ball pops out to Dorado, who sees his volley blocked by Llorente.
    • 23' GOAL! Betis 1-1 Bilbao! Javi Martinez levels for the visitors. Susaeta with the delivery from the right and the big defender stoops to direct his header past Fabricio. Nice work.
    • 10' GOAL! Betis 1-0 Bilbao! What a goal from Ruben! The forward produces a delicious finish. It's a decent move down the left wing and the ball deflects off Javi Martinez and rolls into the path of Ruben, who curls his shot out of the reach of Gorka Iraizoz and inside the far post.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Real Betis

    Manager: Pepe Mel

  • Athletic Bilbao

    Manager: Marcelo Bielsa

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