Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, San José,
Gurpegui, De Marcos; Iturraspe (Ruíz de Galarreta 23'), Ander Herrera
(Ibai Gómez 46'); Susaeta, Iñigo Pérez, Isma López;
Toquero (Aduríz 46'). 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Fabricio; Chica, Paulao, Dorado, Nacho; Agra (Cañas 60'), Rubén Pérez, Beñat (Pozuelo 73'), Juan Carlos (Jonathan Pereira 77'); Rubén Castro, Jorge Molina. 4-4-2.
0-1. 06. Rubén Castro. Got on the end of Beñat cross to fire shot wide of Iraizoz.
0-2. 26. Jorge Molina. First time shot past keeper after Juan Carlos crossed in.
0-3. 31. Beñat. Latched on to loose ball outside area and drilled shot past keeper.
1-3. 48. De Marcos. Ran on to Aduríz pass and steered shot wide of Fabricio.
2-3. 66. San José. Far post header following Ibai Gómez corner from left.
3-3. 76. San José. Header wide of keeper following Ibai Gómez corner from right.
3-4. 79. Pozuelo. Connected with Cañas square pass and shot past Iraizoz.
3-5. 86. Jorge Molina. Picked up Pereira through ball and lifted shot over keeper.
Yellow cards: Rubén Castro 43', San José 48', Beñat 57', Aduríz 91'.
An amazing match at the San Mamés stadium, Betis running out 3-5 victors over Athletic Bilbao to start the season in second place pending the rest of the day one games. There were protests from the fans against Llorente and Javi Martínez, both of whom had been left out of the side pending their big money moves out of Spain, and the supporters were even less happy when the visitors raced in to a three goal lead at half time. One of the men who did the damage was ex Athletic midfielder Beñat (himself a leading candidate to replace the outgoing players), who crossed in for Rubén Castro to open the scoring in the sixth minute, and then drilled home the third himself after Molina had scored his team's second. The Basque pride was restored after the restart though, De Marcos running on to a through ball from half time substitute Aduríz to get one back, and San José making it all square with two more goals in ten minutes, both headers from Ibai Gómez corners. But then they ran out of steam, and Betis went back in front with goals from Pozuelo and Molina to tie up the three points. Not quite what the fans wanted, but in the end they appreciated the spirit that their players had showed.