Saturday September 22, 2012 Day 5 Finished Estadio Benito Villamarin

Real Betis 1 - 0 RCD Espanyol

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    Time:90'
    • Real Betis
    • RCD Espanyol
    • 90+4' FULL TIME! Paulao's goal after 18 minutes wins this match for the home side. Espanyol were much better in the second half but couldn't make inroads after Wakaso's dismissal.
    • 90+3' And now we have the ninth booking of the evening! Alvarez joins the ever lengthening list.
    • 90+3' Casto's protest earns him a booking.
    • 90+2' Casto makes a diving save from Alvarez before Fonte throws himself to ground under minimal contact as he tries to latch onto the rebound.
    • 90+1' We will have three minutes of added time.
    • 90' Juan Carlos with a wild effort as Betis again hit on the break.
    • 90' Betis go close! Nosa has the perfect chance to wrap up the win but drags his shot wide of the post!
    • 89' Agra is booked for a cynical pull of Victor Sanchez's shirt.
    • 87' Remember, Espanyol are down to 10 men here following that red card shown to Wakaso. Their performance has been quite impressive in that light.
    • 85' Here comes Verdu and he drives one wide of the post. Another chance goes wasted for the visitors.
    • 82' Time running out for Espanyol now - they have had the better of the second half but have nothing to show for it.
    • 80' A change for Espanyol as Capdevila is replaced by Victor Alvarez.
    • 78' Stuani is into the book for a foul on Nacho. That's the eighth yellow card in this game.
    • 77' Betis remove Benat, who gets a standing ovation. Nosa is the man to replace him.
    • 75' Pepe Mel is getting a substitute ready on the touchlines...
    • 73' Betis go close! Agra takes a shot from a tight angle and the ball takes a deflection before almost sneaking inside the near post.
    • 72' Verdu is offside once again as he tries to lift the ball over Casto in the Betis goal.
    • 71' Espanyol haven't just capitulated after losing Wakaso - if anything they remain the better team. Betis are still clinging doggedly to that lead though.
    • 69' Casto pulls off a save to deny Fonte as the forward unleashes a firm volley.
    • 68' Benat takes the free kick and swings the ball into the near post, where it is headed clear. Not the best free kick you will see the midfielder take.
    • 67' Silly from Wakaso. He has already been booked and then he steams into Nacho from behind. The referee was left with little choice there.
    • 66' Now Javi Lopez threatens with a great ball into the Betis box. This is heating up nicely.
    • 65' Castro finds himself through on goal following an Espanyol error but Raul Rodriguez comes across to get a block in. Superb defending.
    • 63' Verdu has the ball in the back of the net for Espanyol after sneaking away from his marker but the forward is ruled offside.
    • 61' Wakaso gives away possession with a sloppy pass and Betis break, Benat unleashing Juan Carlos with a fine first-time pass. The midfielder drives into the box but drives his shot against the legs of an opponent.
    • 59' Rui Fonte and Cristian Gomez are both on for Espanyol in place of Tejera and Simao.
    • 59' Yet another chance for Espanyol and this time it is Simao who heads off target. The visitors have been infinitely better in this second half.
    • 58' Confirmation that Nelson has gone into the book for Betis.
    • 56' Pepe Mel, clearly concerned, quickly withdraws Pozuelo, who is replaced by Nono in midfield.
    • 55' Espanyol hit the bar! Now Simao charges into the box and rifles a shot against the crossbar! Betis are just about clinging on here.
    • 55' Espanyol threaten again! This time it is Verdu as he gets the ball just outside the box and bends a shot wide.
    • 54' Espanyol hit the post! Wakaso races onto a pass 20 yards from goal and sends a low drive against the woodwork. A fine effort.
    • 52' Javi Lopez is booked for a challenge from behind on Perez Nacho. He got the ball but it was a messy attempt.
    • 49' Benat tries to open up the visiting defence but a good looking through-ball is cut out. Castro was ready to recieve.
    • 47' Verdu is brought to ground by a terrible tackle from Perez as the Betis midfielder flies into his opponent from behind. A clear booking.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+2' HALF TIME. Paulao's header has Betis in front but they should be winning by a greater margin. The goalscorer has also been forced off due to injury.
    • 45+1' Wakaso is the next player in the book for knocking Benat to ground in an attempt to prevent a Betis break.
    • 45' Tejera gets a shot away from 30 yards and sees his fearsome effort go just over the Betis bar. A very decent effort.
    • 43' Casto palms away a cross into the Betis area as the home side's newly rejigged defence gets an early tests.
    • 41' Here is the change as Paulao is replaced by Damien Perquis.
    • 40' Paulao is still suffering and the ref has stopped play so he can get some attention. It looks as though the defender will be coming off.
    • 38' What a chance! Benat had to score! The Spain international takes a touch to find space in the box with his first touch but then shins his shot as the ball flies wide.
    • 36' Ouch. Paulao gets a nasty one and he appears to be in some pain. Wakaso took the ball but he caught the Betis defender with his follow through.
    • 34' Betis winger Agra meanders in from the right and then suddenly darts away from two men in the box to sting the palms of Alvarez with a firm drive straight at the keeper.
    • 32' The second delivery is poor though as Betis go short and the routine fails.
    • 31' Pozuelo delivers a corner from the left and Espanyol head behind as Paulao looks to try and connect with the ball.
    • 29' Benat goes into the book for a blatant foul on Tejera right in front of the ref. He swept the Espanyol man down with his trailing leg.
    • 28' Another quick break from Betis but it comes to nothing when a shot is blocked. Espanyol can't cope with them at the moment.
    • 27' Benat stands over the free kick but surprisingly for him the delivery is poor and Espanyol are able to head clear.
    • 26' Pozuelo is upended by Sergio Tejera and the Espanyol man makes it into the book. No argument there.
    • 25' Nelson makes a couple of raids from right-back but he can't find a Betis shirt in the box.
    • 23' Espanyol win a free kick 25 yards from goal but Simo curls his effort over the bar. A waste from a good position.
    • 22' Corner to Betis and again the defending from Espanyol is poor. They fail to clear properly but Paulao fouls as he tries to leap into the air and hook the ball into the centre.
    • 21' Ruben Castro leads Betis forward again and plays a pass out to Pozuelo. The youngster sees his shot take a deflection and almost sneak inside the near post before Alvarez sticks out a leg to block.
    • 19' GOAL! Real Betis 1-0 Espanyol! Benat supplies a typically excellent delivery from the free kick and Paulao rises high above the Espanyol defence to head into the far corner. Lovely goal.
    • 18' Ruben Perez is brought to ground rather unceremoniously, free kick to Betis.
    • 15' Betis are starting to put Espanyol under real pressure now, and the crowd are responding.
    • 13' A low cross is allowed to roll across the face of the Espanyol goal and Agra comes onto the ball with a first-time effort that curls narrowly wide.
    • 12' Now Betis carve out a chance as Caastro cuts onto his right foot 20 yards from goal but gets the execution all wrong as he bends a shot well off target.
    • 11' Portuguese winger Simao makes his way into the box and he is left completely alone to meet a cross from the right. However, he times his header poorly and the ball flies off target.
    • 10' Ruben Castro slips a pass square to Benat and the midfielder quickly lofts the ball over the top of the defence. However, Espanyol keeper Cristian Alvarez is quickly off his line to claim.
    • 9' A clear handball from Salvador Agra as he concedes a free kick to Espanyol.
    • 8' Sergio Tejera comes across to take possession on the Espanyol right but is brought to ground by a messy challenge.
    • 6' Espanyol struggling to get to grips with the tempo of the game so far. Benat has already been looking influential.
    • 4' A decent start from Betis here as they spread the ball about with confidence. The home side are expected to win this evening.
    • 2' Betis win a free kick wide on the left of the pitch and Benat delivers, only to see his inswinging attempt headed clear.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 18:55 One player to look out for tonight in Betis midfielder Benat - he has been called up by Spain recently and is a very decent player. Alejandro Pozuelo is also a very good prospect.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: Betis: Casto, Mario, Paulao, Nelson, Nacho, Perez, Benat, Pozuelo, Carlos, Agra, Castro. Subs: Fabricio, Perquis, Martinez, Molina, Nono, Jonathan, Nosa. /// Espanyol: Alvarez, Rodriguez, Moreno, Lopez, Capdevila, Sanchez, Tejera, Simao, Mubarak, Stuani, Verdu. Subs: Casilla, Galan, Delgado, Gomez, Alfonso, Miranda, Fonte.
    • 18:45 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Liga game between Betis and Espanyol in Seville. Betis will move third in the table with a victory, while Espanyol are aiming to get out of the bottom three.
  • Summary

    • 90' Betis go close! Nosa has the perfect chance to wrap up the win but drags his shot wide of the post!
    • 73' Betis go close! Agra takes a shot from a tight angle and the ball takes a deflection before almost sneaking inside the near post.
    • 67' Silly from Wakaso. He has already been booked and then he steams into Nacho from behind. The referee was left with little choice there.
    • 65' Castro finds himself through on goal following an Espanyol error but Raul Rodriguez comes across to get a block in. Superb defending.
    • 55' Espanyol hit the bar! Now Simao charges into the box and rifles a shot against the crossbar! Betis are just about clinging on here.
    • 55' Espanyol threaten again! This time it is Verdu as he gets the ball just outside the box and bends a shot wide.
    • 54' Espanyol hit the post! Wakaso races onto a pass 20 yards from goal and sends a low drive against the woodwork. A fine effort.
    • 45' Tejera gets a shot away from 30 yards and sees his fearsome effort go just over the Betis bar. A very decent effort.
    • 38' What a chance! Benat had to score! The Spain international takes a touch to find space in the box with his first touch but then shins his shot as the ball flies wide.
    • 34' Betis winger Agra meanders in from the right and then suddenly darts away from two men in the box to sting the palms of Alvarez with a firm drive straight at the keeper.
    • 21' Ruben Castro leads Betis forward again and plays a pass out to Pozuelo. The youngster sees his shot take a deflection and almost sneak inside the near post before Alvarez sticks out a leg to block.
    • 19' GOAL! Real Betis 1-0 Espanyol! Benat supplies a typically excellent delivery from the free kick and Paulao rises high above the Espanyol defence to head into the far corner. Lovely goal.
    • 13' A low cross is allowed to roll across the face of the Espanyol goal and Agra comes onto the ball with a first-time effort that curls narrowly wide.
    • 10' Ruben Castro slips a pass square to Benat and the midfielder quickly lofts the ball over the top of the defence. However, Espanyol keeper Cristian Alvarez is quickly off his line to claim.
    • 18:50 TEAMS: Betis: Casto, Mario, Paulao, Nelson, Nacho, Perez, Benat, Pozuelo, Carlos, Agra, Castro. Subs: Fabricio, Perquis, Martinez, Molina, Nono, Jonathan, Nosa. /// Espanyol: Alvarez, Rodriguez, Moreno, Lopez, Capdevila, Sanchez, Tejera, Simao, Mubarak, Stuani, Verdu. Subs: Casilla, Galan, Delgado, Gomez, Alfonso, Miranda, Fonte.
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