First Division - Day 6

Betis 1 - Athletic Bilbao 1

Betis: Contreras; Varela (Fernando 60'), Juanito, Lembo, Luis Fernández; Marcos Assunçao, Arzu; Joaquín, Capi, Denilson; Palermo (Tote 60'). 4-2-3-1.
Athletic: Aranzubia; César, Luis Prieto, Karanka, Del Horno; Yeste, Gurpegui, Tiko (Bordas 82'), Ezquerro; Etxeberría (Julen Guerrero 84'), Urzaiz (Iraola 57'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Betis: Capi for Fernando / Athletic: César, Yeste for Javi González, Iraola.

0-1. 46. Tiko. Hit shot in off defender after Varela only partly cleared from Etxeberría.
1-1. 90. Assunçao. Hit low shot past keeper after Tote laid back Joaquín's pass.

A last minute goal from Marcos Assunçao saved a point for Betis in their home match against Athletic Bilbao. The Andalucians were trailing when Joaquín launched another attack from the right flank, and substitute Tote turned the wingers pass into the path of the Brazilian midfielder for him to crash a shot past Aranzubia.

Tiko had put the visitors ahead in the first minute of the second half, taking advantage of a misunderstanding between Contreras and Varela and a bad clearance by the full back under a challenge from Etxeberría. It was the young midfielder's third goal in consecutive matches this season.

Betis should have taken the lead though in the first half, especially when Joaquín was presented with a gift by Denilson and Palermo four yards out. However the spanish international incredibly put his shot over the bar. A couple of minutes later the Basques could have scored when a long shot from Yeste struck the bar and bounced over for a goal kick.

Tiko could have scored again later in the second half when he charged down a clearance by a shaky Contreras, but the ball rebounded wide. At the other end Capi had a shot saved by Aranzubia and put another effort just wide when through.

The introduction of Tote for his first appearance of the season livened things up, and the ex Real Madrid striker was there to set up Assunçao and help Betis to their third home draw in a row this season.