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First Division - Day 24

Zaragoza 0 - Betis 2

Zaragoza: Roberto; Pablo Alvarez, Da Silva, Paredes, Obradovic; Apoño, Rubén Micael (Dujmovic 72'); Edu Oriol (Juan Carlos 51'), Luis García (Barrera 58'); Hélder Postiga. 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Fabricio; Nelson, Paulao, Dorado, Nacho; Salva Sevilla (Matilla 84'), Cañas, Beñat, Jefferson Montero (Santa Cruz 68'); Jorge Molina (Jonathan Pereira 76'), Rubén Castro. 4-4-2.

0-1. 41. Rubén Castro. Picked up Paulao's pass and curled shot wide of keeper.
0-2. 66. Rubén Castro. Drove ball back in to net after Roberto saved from Molina.

Yellow cards: Edu Oriol 35', Salva Sevilla 44', Apoño 45', Castro 63', Cañas 65', Beñat 84', Da Silva 91'.

Bottom club Zaragoza are a step closer to the second division after they lost 0-2 to Betis in the Monday night game. With both sides needing points the match got off to a lively start, Roberto saving at point blank range from Jorge Molina and Dorado heading off the line from Luis García with the keeper beaten. Micael and Lafita also tried their luck, but with four minutes to go to the break Rubén Castro ran on to Paulao's lofted pass to curl a shot past the local keeper and give the visitors the lead. Zaragoza just about gave up after that, and Rubén Castro and Salva Sevilla both had shots blocked before Castro netted his second after Roberto could only push out an effort from Molina. With a quarter of the game still to go many disappointed fans left the Romareda stadium, and the only thing they missed was a shot against the bar from Sevilla late on. The Maños ended the day eleven points away from safety, and they need a near miracle if they are to stay up this year.