Zaragoza: Roberto; Sapunaru (Jorge Ortí
73'), Álvaro, Loovens, Abraham; Apoño, Movilla; Edu Oriol
(Zuculini 61'), Víctor Rodríguez (Javi Alamo 84'), Paco
Montañés; Hélder Postiga. 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Adrián; Chica, Amaya, Mario, Nacho; Beñat (Rubén Pérez 79'), Cañas; Joel Campbell, Salva Sevilla (Pozuelo 72'), Nosa Igiebor (Jorge Molina 53'); Rubén Castro. 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 44. Rubén Castro. Picked up Nosa pass and forced angled shot past Roberto.
0-2. 58. Jorge Molina. Intercepted Alvaro pass and ran on to shoot wide of keeper.
1-2. 77. Paco Montañés. Collected short Postiga pass and struck shot past Adrián.
Yellow cards: Cañas 18', Movilla 25', Amaya 41', Paredes 45', Nosa 49', Postiga 52', Beñat 71', Alvaro 80', Nacho 88', Abraham 90' / red cards: Alvaro 94'.
Betis kicked off the new year with a 1-2 victory at Zaragoza on Friday night, a result which took them level with fourth placed Málaga in the table pending their game on Saturday. The locals were looking to improve on their poor home record this season, and Postiga, Alvaro and Víctor Rodríguez all went close in the first half. However just before the half time whistle Rubén Castro ran on to Nosa's through ball to force a shot under Roberto, and Jorge Molina missed an easy chance to make it two before intercepting a loose pass from Alvaro and running on to beat the keeper for a second time. Roberto had to be at his best to prevent Castro from increasing the lead a few minutes later, and although Paco Montañés did get one back with a quarter of an hour to go, the strike came too late to change the result.