First Division - Day 13

Mallorca 2 - Betis 1

Mallorca: Leo Franco; David Cortés, Fernando Niño, Lussenhoff, Poli; Nagore (Raúl Martín 79'), Colsa; Campano, Correa, Nené (Bruggink 62'); Eto'o (Stankovic 86'). 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Contreras; Juanito, Lembo (Cañas 88'), Rivas, Luis Fernández; Arzu, Ito; Joaquín, Fernando, Ismael (Antoñito 77'); Palermo. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Mallorca: Poli for Olaizola / Betis: Ito, Palermo for Marcos Assunçao, Dani.

1-0. 24. Campano. Connected with Nené cross on far post to shoot wide of keeper
1-1. 37. Palermo. Received ball from Joaquín on left and hit shot in off Niño.
2-1. 81. Campano. Struck angled shot from outside of area low past Contreras.

Mallorca made it three wins in a row with a 2-1 victory over a Betis side who have now only picked up one point in their last five matches. The visitors lined up for the first time without Marcos Assunçao, who broke an ankle in training and will be out for up to four months, and with Dani, Tote, Alfonso and Denilson also injured and Capi suspended, Palermo was given another run out in attack. Even with a depleted side though, the Andalucians were on top in the opening minutes, with Ito hitting the post and Leo Franco saving on the follow up, and Joaquín failing to take another chance soon afterwards. However only two minutes later Mallorca took the lead, Campano getting on the end of Nené's cross from the left to steer the ball inside the far post.

Betis kept up the pressure though, and they got their reward when Palermo collected Joaquín's pass and hit a shot which took a lucky deflection in off Fernando Niño. That set up a lively second half, with the home side fighting back and Betis looking for a goal on the breakaway. Correa went close for the Islanders and Palermo and Joaquín could both have scored for the visitors. But with ten minutes to go it was Campano again who broke the deadlock, the Sevilla born midfielder rounding Ito before cracking a shot past Contreras, his third goal in four days. The defeat means that Betis drop below their opponents to within two points of the relegation zone, and with Serra Ferrer already reportedly waiting in the wings, the days of Víctor Fernández may be numbered.