First Division - Day 26

Betis 4 - Murcia 0

Betis: Ricardo; Damià, Melli, Juanito, Fernando Vega; Arzu, Rivera; Edu (Caffa 75'), Capi (Sobis 66'), Mark González (Odonkor 62'); Pavone. 4-2-3-1.
Murcia: Notario; David De Coz, César Arzo, Mejía, Marañon; Gallardo (Regueiro 46'), De Lucas, Movilla, Abel, Jofre (Iván Alonso 46'); Iñigo. 4-5-1.

Team changes: Betis: No change / Murcia: Marañon, Gallardo, De Lucas, Movilla, Jofre, Iñigo for Peña, Rosinei, Pablo García, Richi, Baiano, Goitom.

1-0. 14. César Arzo (own goal). Bundled Mark González cross over line.
2-0. 42. Edu. Got on end of Mark González cross to head back past Notario.
3-0. 56. Pavone. Bounced shot past keeper after Edu headed across.
4-0. 70. Sobis (penalty). After César Arzo fouled Pavone inside area.

Betis beat struggling Murcia 4-0 winners on Sunday evening to move up five places in the table to eleventh. After only picking up one point from their last seven games, visiting coach Lucas Alcaraz made six changes to his line up. But with a quarter of an hour on the clock they fell behind when César Arzo turned a Mark González cross past his own keeper under pressure from Pavone, and soon afterwards Mejía had to clear an Edu header off the line. Iñigo shot over and Ricardo kept out Abel at the other end, but Pavone went close a couple of times, and with the first half coming to an end Edu headed his side's second from Mark González's long centre.

Notario did well to keep out Pavone a couple of times before the interval, but Ricardo was in action again as well after the restart to save from De Coz. A few minutes later though Notario could only push out a long shot from Capi, and Betis won the ball back. Edu crossed in from the right, and Mark González headed across for Pavone to bounce a shot past the keeper from wide of goal. Rivera and Edu could have added to the lead, and with twenty minutes to go Sobis made it four from the penalty spot after César Arzo pushed over Pavone. It was another disaster for Murcia who are now six points away from safety, and Alcaraz is not expected to last out the week.