First Division - Day 16

Valladolid 3 - Betis 0

Valladolid: Bizzarri; Gaspar, Peña, Mario, Oscar Sánchez; Colsa, Jesús (Jonathan 70'); Fernando Sales, Olivera, Oscar González; Pachón (Sousa 80'). 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Prats; Tais (Calado 86'), Juanito, Rivas, Luis Fernández (Mingo 86'); Filipescu (Gastón Casas 65'), Arzu; Joaquín, Fernando, Varela; Joao Tomas. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Valladolid: Mario, Oscar Sánchez, Olivera, Pachón for Torres Gómez, Marcos, Antonio López, Aganzo / Betis: Tais, Juanito, Fernando, Joao Tomas for Marcos Assunçao, Capi, Denilson, Alfonso.

1-0. 49. Fernando Sales. Cut in from right and hit deflected shot off defender.
2-0. 64. Fernando Sales. Took short pass from Oscar to shoot past Prats.
3-0. 81. Oscar González. Ran on to Sousa through ball to shoot low past keeper.

A depleted Betis side drop a place to sixth after losing 3-0 at Valladolid. With Denilson beginning a four match suspension, Assunçao also suspended for one game, Capi and Alfonso injured and Casas not 100% fit, Víctor Fernández had to cobble together a makeshift attack. His opponents were also missing key players though, and although in the end Peña was allowed to play, Torres Gómez, Marcos and Aganzo all had to sit out one match suspensions.

The visitors had only lost one league match away from home this season, and they started well, with ex Valladolid midfielder Fernando going close no less than three times in the first quarter of an hour. Pachón wasted a chance at the other end though, and both sides hit the woodwork before the break, with Fernando Sales heading against the post and Joao Tomás hitting the bar with another header for Betis.

Valladolid finally broke the equilibrium at the start of the second half, Fernando Sales cutting in from the right wing to beat Prats with a shot which took an awkward deflection off Luis Fernández. A quarter of an hour later Pachón and Oscar González combined to set up Sales for his second goal of the night, and Colsa and Pachón both missed chances to make it three soon afterwards. Rivas should have pulled one back for the visitors ten minutes from the end, but Pepé Moré brought on Sousa and almost immediately he slipped a long pass through for Osar González to round off the scoring.