First Division - Day 38

Racing Santander 0- Betis 2

Racing: Calatayud; Pinillos, Pablo Alfaro (De Abreu 85'), Rubén, Oscar Serrano; Cristian Alvarez, Colsa, Antonio Tomás (Portilla 65'), Momo (Platero 69'); Juanjo, Munitis. 4-4-2.
Betis: Doblas; Ilic, Juanito, Rivas, Fernando Vega; Rivera, Marcos Assunçao (Fernando 75'); Odonkor (Dani 54'), Edu, Xisco; Sobis (Maldonado 78'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Racing: Momo for Cristian Fernández / Betis: Doblas, Ilic, Rivas, Fernando Vega, Rivera, Edu, Xisco for Contreras, Miguel Angel, Melli, Isidoro, Juande, Fernando, Robert.

0-1. 79. Edu. Got above defence to head Ilic cross down past Calatayud.
0-2. 89. Edu. Fired shot wide of keeper after Xisco laid ball back from right.

Two late goals from Edu kept Betis in the first division, although for ten minutes or so the Andalusians were in the relegation spots after their closest rivals got above them momentarily in the table. Caretaker coach Paco Chaparro was in charge of the side for the first time after Luis Fernández was fired following last weekend's thrashing by Osasuna, and he made seven changes to the line up. And they had the better of the first half, Marcos Assunçao firing a free kick just over the bar, Odonkor shooting just wide, and veteran defender Pablo Alfaro almost spoiling his retirement party by going close to scoring in his own net.

Other than a header wide from Juanjo, the Cantabrians had hardly troubled Doblas, and Assunçao brought a brilliant save out of Calatayud soon after the restart. Dani went close from an overhead kick, but then news came in that Celta had taken the lead against Getafe, and Betis were in the bottom three. Chaparro made his last throws of the dice to bring on Fernando and Maldonado, and almost immediately they got the goal they were looking for, Edu (an ex Celta man) heading Ilic's cross into the net. And with the game coming to an end the Brazilian forward got his second of the night after good work by Xisco to wrap things up and make sure his side stay in the top flight. Touch and go, but "Er Beti" are still with us!