Betis: Fabricio; Nelson, Paulao, Dorado, Nacho;
Jefferson Montero (Juanma 60'), Beñat (Salva Sevilla 75'), Cañas,
Jonathan Pereira (Matilla 53'); Rubén Castro, Santa Cruz. 4-4-2.
Villarreal: Diego López; Mario (Martinucchio 63'), Gonzalo, Musacchio, Joan Oriol; Marcos Senna (Nilmar 46'), Bruno; Angel, Borja Valero, Cani (Camuñas 63'); Marco Rubén. 4-2-3-1.
1-0. 35. Santa Cruz. Turned ball in from close up after keeper saved from Castro.
2-0. 38. Rubén Castro. Lobbed keeper and ran ball in to net from Cañas pass.
3-0. 59. Beñat. Picked up Rubén Castro pass and held off markers to score.
3-1. 93. Marco Rubén (penalty). After Fabricio brought down Rubén inside area.
Yellow cards: Angel 16', 66', Paulao 20', Joan Oriol 38', Pereira 41', Montero 58', Fabricio 92' / red cards: Angel 66'.
Betis moved closer to safety with a 3-1 win over a Villarreal side who are still only one place above the drop zone. The victory last weekend at Málaga gave the locals renewed confidence, and in the first few minutes Beñat fired a free kick over the top and Rubén Castro forced Diego López in to a good save. The visitors almost scored the dumbest goal of the season though when Fabricio slipped trying to clear Dorado's back pass and deflected the ball on to his own post, but a few minutes later Santa Cruz was in the right place to open the scoring after Diego could only push out a long shot from Rubén Castro. Three minutes later Castro made it two, running on to chip the keeper and turn the ball in to the empty net after Cañas put him through, and with an hour on the clock Beñat scored his side's third after Montero and Castro combined to set him up. Villarreal were left with ten men soon afterwards when Angel picked up a rigorous second yellow card, and Diego had o be at his best to prevent Santa Cruz and Castro from increasing the scoreline later on. Marco Rubén did get a late consolation from the penalty spot after Fabricio brought him down in the area, but it was too late to prevent a first defeat for his team since Miguel Angel Lotina took over four games ago.