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First Division - Day 4

Athletic Bilbao 2 - Betis 3

Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, Javi Martínez, Amorebieta, De Marcos; Gurpegui (Toquero 80'), Iturraspe (David López 63'); Susaeta, Muniain, Gabilondo (Igor Martínez 66'); Llorente. 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Casto; Chica, Mario, Dorado, Nacho; Beñat (Matilla 82'), Iriney; Jonathan Pereira, Salva Sevilla, Jefferson Montero (Ezequiel 67'); Santa Cruz (Amaya 76'). 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 07. Beñat. Curled wide free kick over wall and in to far top corner of net.
0-2. 13. Nacho. Cut in from left wing and picked up return Pereira pass to score.
1-2. 37. De Marcos. Turned ball in to net after Casto pushed out Susaeta cross.
1-3. 45. Salva Sevilla (penalty). After De Marcos handled ball inside area.
2-3. 85. David López (penalty). After ball hit Chica on arm inside penalty area.

Yellow cards: Nacho 23', Iriney 41', De Marcos 45', Gurpegui 50', Amorebieta 52', 94', Muniain 75', Mario 75', Casto 77', Chica 85' / red cards: Mario 75', Amorebieta 94'.

Betis beat Athletic Bilbao 2-3 on Sunday evening to join Valencia at the top of the table, just behind the Ches on goal difference. Pepe Mel's side went two up early on, Beñat returning to the ground where he grew up to beat Iraizoz with a wide free kick, and Nacho cutting in from the wing to score the second, the referee turning down claims that the ball had gone out of play in the build up. Santa Cruz could have increased the lead further when he hit the post a few minutes later, and although De Marcos got one back after Casto failed to hold on to Susaeta's cross, Salva Sevilla restored the two goal cushion when he converted a penalty for hands by De Marcos on the stroke of half time. Jefferson Montero missed an easy chance and Jonathan Pereiro hit the post again soon after the restart. But Mario was sent off later on after he clashed with Muniain, and Casto had to keep out a Llorente header before David López drilled home a second penalty after Chico handled in the area. Athletic's challenge ended though when Amorebieta was also sent off for a second bookable offence, although the Basque side felt they should have had another penalty in injury time when the ball hit Nacho on the arm.