Betis: Antonio Adán; Juanfran, Perquis, N’Diaye, Didac; Nono (Nosa 60’), Lolo Reyes; Leo Baptistao (Jordi Figueras 46’), Salva Sevilla, Cedrick (Matilla 65’); Rubén Castro. 4-2-3-1.
Athletic: Iraizoz; Iraola, Gurpegi, San José, Balenziaga; Iturraspe, Mikel Rico (De Marcos 67’); Susaeta (Saborit 88’), Ander Herrera, Muniain (Guillermo 80’); Kike Sola. 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 34. Muniain (penalty). After Sola fell in area under challenge from Perquis.
0-2. 81. Guillermo. Steered header inside Adán’s far post from Susaeta cross.
Yellow cards: Rubén Castro 31’, Perquis 32’, 40’, Lolo Reyes 32’, 57’, Salva Sevilla 55’, Muniain 77’ / red cards: Perquis 40’, Lolo Reyes 57’.
With the first three berths almost sure to be taken by the big three, just one Champions League spot is up for grabs. As things stand, Athletic Bilbao, Real Sociedad and Villarreal are the main candidates, although Athletic maintain the four point gap over the others after a 0-2 victory at bottom club Betis on Sunday evening. The locals may have grounds for complaint though after several decisions by Gil Manzano went against them, the referee waving away a good penalty claim and booking Rubén Castro for diving on the half hour mark, but then awarding a more than dubious penalty against them when Kike Sola fell under a challenge by Perquis as he was entering the area, Muniain converting the resulting spot kick. A few minutes later Perquis picked up a second booking and was sent off, and Lolo Reyes followed him down the tunnel early on in the second half for the same reason, leaving the locals with nine men. Gil did favour for the Andalusians as well, ruling out a strike by Kike Sola early in the second half for a non-existent offside, but soon afterwards he turned down another penalty claim by the home side when the ball hit Balenziaga on the arm. Apart from all that both sides did have their chances, but with ten minutes to go young substitute Guillermo made sure of the three points, heading in a Susaeta cross less than a minute after coming on.