|First Division - Day 23|
Athletic Bilbao 4 - Betis 4
Iraola, Murillo, Luis Prieto, Del Horno; Gurpegui, Tiko; Arriaga (Solabarrieta
64'), Yeste (Julen Guerrero 87'), Ezquerro; Urzaiz. 4-2-3-1.
Team changes: Athletic: Iraola, Del Horno, Arriaga, Ezquerro, Urzaiz for Casas, Solabarrieta, Orbaiz, Etxeberría, Llorente / Betis: Cañas, Lembo for Melli, Rivas.
Sevilla's city neighbours Betis move up to fifth spot after an extraordinary 4-4 draw at Athletic Bilbao in the last match of the evening. The Andalusians raced into a three goal lead within the first half hour, with Fernando setting up Oliveira to start things off in only the fourth minute. Oliveira shot just wide minutes later but Doblas had to save a header from Del Horno before Joaquín ran on to Edu's pass to get a second for the visitors. And a quarter of an hour later Joaquín burst down his wing to centre in for Oliveira to make it three.
Athletic had been there before though only recently, overturning a 0-3 deficit in just half an hour in their last home game against Osasuna, and before half time they had got two back with carbon copy goals from forgotten man Ismael Urzaiz, both from Yeste's corners. And the now dyed blond midfielder set up Ezquerro for him to shoot wide before he provided the equaliser for Gurpegui just three minutes after the restart.
But Yeste wasn't finished yet, and with twenty minutes to go he put his side in front, cutting in from the right wing and beating Doblas with a shot from a wide angle. When Betis were left with ten men after Lembo picked up a second booking a few minutes later it appeared to be all over, but Oliveira rang the warning bells when he brought a good save out of Aranzubia, and soon afterwards he picked up Benjamín's pass and rounded the keeper before shooting in off a defender to complete his hat-trick and save a point for his side. It was breathtaking stuff, and San Mamés is certainly the place to be right now.