First Division - Day 14

Real Sociedad 1 - Betis 0

Real Sociedad: Riesgo; Zubiaurre, Luiz Alberto, Labaka, Garrido; Aranburu, Mikel Alonso; Karpin (Uranga 85'), Nihat, Gabilondo (Rossato 86'); Kovacevic (Arteta 71'). 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Doblas; Varela, Melli, Juanito, Luis Fernández; Cañas (Israel 84'), Marcos Assunçao; Joaquín, Edu, Fernando (Capi 74'); Oliveira. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Real Sociedad: Mikel Alonso for Alkiza / Betis: Varela, Luis Fernández, for Rivas, Tais.

1-0. 36. Kovacevic. Ran on to Gabilondo through ball to chip shot over keeper.

Real Sociedad put an end to Betis's run of ten games without defeat, Kovacevic getting the only goal for the Basques in a 1-0 victory. The visitors got off to a good start, Marcos Assunçao testing Riesgo with a long free kick and Juanito heading over the bar from a corner. But Doblas had to be at his best to keep out a shot from Karpin at the other end, and ten minutes before the break Kovacevic picked up a ball in from Gabilondo to chip the keeper and open the scoring.

Oliveira had a chance to level the scores soon after the restart, but he put his shot over the bar. Nihat could have increased the lead though on a couple of occasions after that, Doblas pushing out his dipping shot, and a few minutes later blocking another effort with his feet. Serra Ferrer threw on reinforcements, and Assunçao sent a last minute free kick just over the top. But Real held on for three points which takes them safely up to mid-table.