Monday February 20, 2012 Day 24 Finished Estadio La Romareda

Real Zaragoza 0 - 2 Real Betis

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  1. Betis pile misery on Zaragoza

    Betis pile misery on Zaragoza

    Real Zaragoza remain five points adrift at the bottom of La Liga after they lost 2-0 to Real Betis at La Romareda. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Zaragoza
    • Real Betis
    • 90+3' The final whistle goes, and Betis pull themselves six points clear of the relegation zone while leaving Zaragoza firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.
    • 90+2' Fans are streaming out of the ground now. La Romareda might be empty by the time the final whistle blows!
    • 90' Three minutes of added time to be played at the end of this game.
    • 89' Betis are on course for only a second away win their last 10 in the league.
    • 87' Zaragoza look like a beaten team. Many of the men in white shirts have just given up the ghost.
    • 86' Benat fouls Juan Carlos and is the sixth player to get a booking this evening.
    • 85' Betis substitution: Javier Matilla replaces Salva Sevilla.
    • 83' Aranda does well to bring the ball down and turn inside the box but Nacho executes a perfectly-timed tackle to maintain a clean sheet for Betis!
    • 81' Betis turning on the style now as they pour men forward. Pereira floats a lovely dink over the keeper but it rebounds off the post! would have been a great goal.
    • 79' Pereira darts into the Zaragoza box before throwing himself off his marker and to the floor. Zaragoza launch a counter after the referee waves play on and Nelson denies Aranda the chance to shoot at the expense of a corner.
    • 78' Zaragoza are heading for their 14th league defeat of the season. It's not looking good for Manolo Jimenezs side, is it?
    • 76' Betis substitution: Jonathan Pereira replaces Molina.
    • 74' Fabricio is on hand to smother a shot at the near post and then claim the second ball into the box with authority.
    • 73' Zaragoza substitution: Tomislav Dujmovic replaces Micael.
    • 71' Zaragoza truly have a mountain to climb now. Before last weekend they had not scored twice in a league game since the start of November.
    • 70' Santa Cruz is another player to come on as a substitute in this match who scored two goals in the reverse fixture.
    • 69' Betis substitution: Roque Santa Cruz replaces Montero.
    • 68' GOAL!! ZARAGOZA 0-2 BETIS!! Roberto parries Molina's initial shot after a great ball through from Benat but Ruben Castro is there to tuck home the rebound!
    • 66' Now Canas goes into the referee's book for a foul on Lafita.
    • 65' The Zaragoza offside trap fails again and Ruben Castro goes down under the challenge of Roberto... It was a blatant dive, and the referee books the goal scorer.
    • 64' Really good spell this for Betis. Alvarez plays Ruben Castro onside but redeems himself by blocking the shot on the line!
    • 62' Ruben Castro's volley at the far post is blocked by Roberto and Salva Sevilla's follow-up is deflected over the bar!
    • 61' Nacho is left in a heap on the ground after Pablo Alvarez clatters into him while reaching a cross. Free-kick to Betis inside their own box.
    • 60' Zaragoza substitution: Pablo Barrera replaces Luis Garcia.
    • 59' Apono tires an overhead kick. He bangs his hand on the ground in frustration as it sails high and wide.
    • 57' Aranda's determination and persistence wins Zaragoza a corner.
    • 55' Roughly the same pattern as the first half so far. Zaragoza having most of the possession but little cuting edge.
    • 53' Juan Carlos scored two goals in the 4-3 defeat to Betis back in September, and also found the net in last weekend's win at Espanyol.
    • 52' Zaragoza substitution: Juan Carlos replaces Oriol.
    • 51' Lafita is onside as he chases a ball down the left channel but Benat makes a great tackle. Zaragoza have a throw-in.
    • 50' Molina is caught offside as he reaches a through ball.
    • 49' Real Betis are one of the two sides to receive a red card in a match without receiving a yellow card this season, this happening in the first meeting with Zaragoza.
    • 47' Apono soemhow finds the ball at his feet on the edge of the six-yard box, but the ball gets stuck under his feet and Betis scramble the ball clear.
    • 46' The second half is underway! no changes for either side at the break.
    • 45+2' Half-time at La Romareda, and Betis lead courtesy of Ruben Castro's classy finish. Let me know your thoughts on the game so far via Twitter - @tony_mabert.
    • 45+1' Opono now gets booked for having the cheek to place the ball 10 yards further forward from where a free-kick should have been taken and then throwing a tantrum when the referee tells him to move it back!
    • 45' Salva Sevilla goes into the book for catching Obradovic on the shin with a late challenge. Seemed innocuous enough, but there you go.
    • 44' Aranda caught offside as he chases a ball over the top. Textbook offside trap from the Betis back four.
    • 43' The corner is played short before the eventual cross coems to Ruben Castro at the far post. He elects to head for goal rather than back across the box, and it's an easy catch for Roberto.
    • 42' Ruben Castro pings in a cross and Luis Garcia's header back to his keeper is wayward and concedes a cheap corner.
    • 41' That is Ruben Castro's eighth league goal of the season.
    • 40' GOAL!! ZARAGZA 0-1 BETIS!! Lovely goal from Ruben Castro! The forward times his run perfectly to latch on to Molina's ball over the top and he lifts his finish over Roberto!
    • 39' Lovely defence-splitting pass down the left channel from Oriol. Lafita is forced to turn inside and he ends up firing high and wide from the edge of the D.
    • 37' More playacting and histrionics from players on both sides now. Both Aranda and Salva Sevilla claim they were elbowed. shame, this match was shaping up quite well before these recent dramatic outbursts.
    • 35' Oriol fouls Montero and gets booked. No need for the half-dozen or more rolls on the ground from the Ecuadorean, however.
    • 34' Montero is now down on the turf, claiming he has been struck by a Zaragoza player, but again the officials are not buying the play-acting.
    • 33' Just over half an hour gone, and the home fans have the white handkerchiefs out, most likely in protest against some of the refereeing decisions that have gone against Zaragoza.
    • 31' Obradovic again forward. The Serb probably tripped over an outstretched leg rather than being felled by it, and Zaragoza's appeals for a free-kick are ignored.
    • 30' A clumsy challenge from Oriol in midfield in Canas gives Betis a free-kick in the centre circle.
    • 28' Obradovic bursts into the box fromt he left but Nelson tracks back to make an important challenge, and he does so cleanly.
    • 27' There did not appear to be much in that contact, but the Betis keeper is receiving treatment ont he field. He's fine to continue though.
    • 26' As Betis step out following that corner Zaragoza play it back in over the top and Luis Garcia collides with Fabricio. The keeper stays down on the ground.
    • 25' Luis Garcia's corner is curled to the edge of the area. The home side are forced to play it backwards but they remain in possession.
    • 24' Aranda gets the ball to his feet at the byline. The cross is blocked for another Zaragoza corner.
    • 23' Lafita pings in a cross from the left tot he near post. Aranda tries to flick the ball across to Oriol but can't get any purchase on it and the ball rolls through to Fabricio.
    • 22' Pep Mel’s side have won just one of their last nine away games in the league (W1 L8), and have scored just one of their last six away goals before half-time.
    • 20' Zaragoza are going for only their fourth league win of the season this evening. No wonder they are bottom.
    • 19' Edu Oriol charges forward down the right channel and it looks as though he was hauled down by Nacho, but the free-kick goes Betis's way.
    • 17' Shouts for a handball in the area against Dorado, but the referee rules it was ball-to-hand.
    • 16' Zaragoza have men forward in this attack. Obradovic's cross is headed back across the keeper by Luis Garcia and Dorado heads off the line! Great defending there.
    • 14' Benat and Salva Sevilla combine for the short corner and the ball is hits low across the six-yard box for Molina... The toe-poked effort is blocked by Roberto! Good play from Betis, but Zaragoza were caught napping there.
    • 13' Betis have their first corner of the match as they begin to play their way into the game.
    • 12' Canas goes to ground after tussling with Aranda for a header. Replays show the zaragoza man caught him in the throat with an elbow. Hope that wasn't intentional, otherwise that's a big miss from the referee.
    • 11' Jorge Molina has a long-range effort, but he is off balance as he strikes the ball and it's way off target.
    • 9' The Betis have picked up the most points thanks to goals scored in the last 15 minutes in La Liga matches this season (9).
    • 8' Zaragoza have two corners in a row, but are unable to work a chance from either of them.
    • 7' Micael has a pop at the Betis goal from range... Spectacularly tipped away by Fabricio! A bit Hollywood, perhaps, but it was a save that needed to be made.
    • 6' Portuguese full-back Nelson gets to the byline, but he concedes a goal kick.
    • 5' Jefferson Montero is fouled on the left wing. Betis play the free-kick short and spread play across the pitch.
    • 4' Plenty of early possession for the home side, though they are yet to fully test Betis keeper Fabricio, who is making only his second league appearance of the season.
    • 3' The last eight league goals that Zaragoza have conceded against Betis have been scored by South American players (exc penalties).
    • 2' Angel Lafita is caught offside. The forward petulantly rlls the ball away from the nearest Betis player. He is the only outfield Zaragoza player to have featured in every one of their league games this season.
    • 1' Zaragoza kick off and we're underway!
    • 19:58 The players are coming out on to the pitch. We're almost ready to go at La Romareda...
    • 19:55 After this match, Zaragoza have a trip to Malaga before clashes against fellow strugglers Villarreal and Sociedad. Win both of those as well as tonight and we could be talking about them coming back from the dead.
    • 19:50 Kick-off is just 10 minutes away. You can share your thoughts throughout the game by getting in touch with me via Twitter. @tony_mabert is the place to let me know your comments.
    • 19:45 Head-to-head: Real Betis have won their last three league meetings with Real Zaragoza. Betis have scored one goal more than their last match in each of their last four meetings with Real Zaragoza, scoring four last time out in a 4-3 win in which Roque Santa Cruz scored twice and sent Betis top of the league! Santa Cruz double sends Betis top
    • 19:40 Zaragoza: Roberto; Alvarez, Da Silva, Paredes, Obradovic; Edu Oriol, Micael, Apono, Luis Garcíi; Lafita, Aranda /// Betis: Fabricio; Dorado, Benat, Paulao, Salva Sevilla, J. Molina, Montero, Canas, Nelson, Nacho, Ruben Castro.
    • 19:35 The win at Espanyol Mel was referring to with Zaragoza's 2-0 win at the Estadio Cornella-El Prat last weekend. Former Sunderland defender Paulo da Silva and Juan Carlos got the goals. That victory ended their second-longest winless run in the Primera Division (14 games, one short of their all-time record of 15).
    • 19:30 Betis coach Pepe Mel: "The fact that they won in Barcelona (against Espanyol) makes this game more completed for us. It's vital to win this game. We need to continue with the intensity we showed the other day and it is that which will help us win games."
    • 19:25 Zaragoza boss Manolo Jimenez knows that Betis will be a tough prospect despite their position in the table: "They started spectacularly, then slowed down, but are now playing very well again. Victories give confidence but it is clear we are where we are and we are playing against an opponent that is not easy."
    • 19:20 La Liga's bottom side Zaragoza can reduce the gap between them and 19th-placed Sporting Gijon to two points with a victory this evening. Betis can put siz points between them and the relegation zone if they can claim victory tonight. La Liga table
    • 19:15 Welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of the Liga clash between Real Zaragoza and Real Betis at La Romareda!
  • Summary

    • 83' Aranda does well to bring the ball down and turn inside the box but Nacho executes a perfectly-timed tackle to maintain a clean sheet for Betis!
    • 81' Betis turning on the style now as they pour men forward. Pereira floats a lovely dink over the keeper but it rebounds off the post! would have been a great goal.
    • 68' GOAL!! ZARAGOZA 0-2 BETIS!! Roberto parries Molina's initial shot after a great ball through from Benat but Ruben Castro is there to tuck home the rebound!
    • 64' Really good spell this for Betis. Alvarez plays Ruben Castro onside but redeems himself by blocking the shot on the line!
    • 62' Ruben Castro's volley at the far post is blocked by Roberto and Salva Sevilla's follow-up is deflected over the bar!
    • 47' Apono soemhow finds the ball at his feet on the edge of the six-yard box, but the ball gets stuck under his feet and Betis scramble the ball clear.
    • 40' GOAL!! ZARAGZA 0-1 BETIS!! Lovely goal from Ruben Castro! The forward times his run perfectly to latch on to Molina's ball over the top and he lifts his finish over Roberto!
    • 39' Lovely defence-splitting pass down the left channel from Oriol. Lafita is forced to turn inside and he ends up firing high and wide from the edge of the D.
    • 16' Zaragoza have men forward in this attack. Obradovic's cross is headed back across the keeper by Luis Garcia and Dorado heads off the line! Great defending there.
    • 14' Benat and Salva Sevilla combine for the short corner and the ball is hits low across the six-yard box for Molina... The toe-poked effort is blocked by Roberto! Good play from Betis, but Zaragoza were caught napping there.
    • 7' Micael has a pop at the Betis goal from range... Spectacularly tipped away by Fabricio! A bit Hollywood, perhaps, but it was a save that needed to be made.
    • 19:40 Zaragoza: Roberto; Alvarez, Da Silva, Paredes, Obradovic; Edu Oriol, Micael, Apono, Luis Garcíi; Lafita, Aranda /// Betis: Fabricio; Dorado, Benat, Paulao, Salva Sevilla, J. Molina, Montero, Canas, Nelson, Nacho, Ruben Castro.

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • Real Zaragoza

    Manager: Manolo Jiménez

  • Real Betis

    Manager: Pepe Mel

  • Line-up

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      Defenders
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      Midfielders
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      Substitution Out73′ 5.3 -
      Yellow Card Substitution Out52′ 4.3 -
      Substitution Out59′ 5.8 -
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      Substitution In59′ 2.7 -
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      Yellow Card 8.5 -
      Yellow Card 9.1 -
      Yellow Card Substitution Out85′ 9.8 -
      Substitution Out69′ 9 -
      Strikers
      Goals ×2 Yellow Card 8.2 -
      Substitution Out77′ 9.2 -
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      Substitution In69′ 9.3 -
      Substitution In77′ 7 -
      Substitution In85′ 7 -

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