Málaga: Caballero; Jesús
Gámez, Demichelis, Weligton, Monreal; Nacho Camacho; Joaquín
(Seba Fernández 77'), Portillo, Isco, Eliseu (Recio 68'); Saviola (Santa
Cruz 68'). 4-1-4-1.
Betis: Casto; Nelson, Amaya, Mario, Nacho; Beñat, Cañas, Rubén Pérez (Nono 32'); Salvador Agra (Adrián San Miguel 12'), Jorge Molina, Juan Carlos (Rubén Castro 48'). 4-3-3.
1-0. 13. Joaquín (penalty). After Casto sent off for bringing down Eliseu in area.
2-0. 28. Saviola. Picked up Portillo return pass and fired shot wide of Adrián.
3-0. 72. Amaya (own goal). Turned ball in to net trying to cut out Monreal cross.
4-0. 74. Isco. Controlled Santa Cruz pass and beat keeper with angled shot.
Yellow cards: Jesús Gámez 56', Recio 84' / red cards: Casto 11'.
Málaga are up to second after they won 4-0 against neighbours Betis on Saturday evening, extending their unbeaten record this season to eight games. The match swung in their favour on the quarter hour mark when visiting keeper Casto was sent off for giving away a penalty which Joaquín converted, and a few minutes later Saviola combined with Portillo (who appeared to be in an offside position) to add the second. Jorge Molina headed against the bar before the break, and Rubén Castro came on to cause a few problems for the local defence, but Demichelis missed a sitter when he shot straight at Nacho with the goal at his mercy. With twenty minutes to go however Amaya could only turn Monreal's cross in to his own net, and two minutes later the on-form Isco scored his third goal in twelve days to wrap things up.