First Division - Day 32

Betis 0 - Mallorca 2

Betis: Prats; Varela, Melli, Lembo (Dani 62'), Rivas; Marcos Assunçao (Fernando 46'), Arzu; Joaquín, Benjamín, Denilson (Ismael 62'); Alfonso. 4-2-3-1.
Mallorca: Leo Franco; David Cortés, Lussenhoff, Fernando Niño, Poli; Campano (Finidi 29'), Pereyra, Marcos, Correa; Jesús Perera (Nagore 72'), Eto'o (Delibasic 82'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Betis: Varela, Melli, Lembo, Alfonso for Tais, Juanito, Luis Fernández, Tote / Mallorca: Fernando Niño, Marcos, Correa, Jesús Perera for Ramis, Colsa, Finidi, Nené.

0-1. 14. Eto'o. Connected with pass from Perera to shoot wide of Prats.
0-2. 50. Perera. Took Eto'o pass and beat defender before clipping shot past Prats.

Mallorca recorded an important victory over Betis to move five points clear of the relegation zone. Luis Aragonés's side had been slipping down the table after only one win in their last ten games, and they could have ended the weekend in the bottom three had results gone against them. But they took the lead with a quarter of an hour gone when Eto'o got on the end of Perera's cross to beat Prats, and they could have gone further ahead just before the interval when Lembo turned the ball against his own crossbar after good work by Finidi and Perera.

The Andalucians only reply had been a couple of long free kicks from Benjamín and Marcos Assunçao, and the home fans whistled their side off the park at half time. Víctor Fernández brought on Fernando at the break for Assunçao, who was still not fully recovered from a serious injury, but the visitors continued to dominate and Prats had to be at his best to keep out Eto'o only a couple of minutes in to the second half. Three minutes later things got even worse, Perera scoring a classy second goal after leaving a defender for dead before clipping a shot past the keeper.

Fernández went for broke and brought on two more attacking players, Dani and Ismael. But they could do nothing and Delibasic and Marcos could have added to the scoreline near the end, leading to more jeers for the local players at the end. Betis have now gone seven games without a win, and they have to pick themselves up quickly as they have to return in three days time to play high flying Barcelona in a match which was postponed from last month.