First Division - Day 8

Betis 1 - Espanyol 3

Betis: Adán; Piccini, Bruno, Westermann, Varela; N’Diaye, Petros (Van Wolfswinkel 54‘); Cejudo (Dani Ceballos 46‘), Portillo (Rennella 69’). Joaquín; Rubén Castro. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Pau López; Arbilla, Alvaro González, Enzo Roco, Fuentes; Víctor Sánchez (Salva Sevilla 86‘), Cañas; Hernán Pérez (Paco Montañés 71‘), Marco Asensio (Javi López 81‘), Víctor Alvarez; Caicedo. 4-2-3-1.

0-1. 04. Enzo Roco. Steered header wide of Adán from Marco Asensio free kick.
0-2. 51. Caicedo. Picked up Marco Asensio pass and steered shot under keeper.
0-3. 55. Víctor Sánchez. First time shot past keeper after Asensio crossed from left.
1-3. 89. Rennella. Fired shot past Pau López after Joaquín corner fell to him.

Yellow cards: Hernán Pérez 20’, Arbilla 30’, Dani Ceballos 54’, Portillo 58’, Caicedo 61’, Víctor Sánchez 70’.

Espanyol won 1-3 at Betis in the last match on Saturday to close back to within a point of the European spots. Marco Asensio was the star of the match for the Catalans though, Enzo Roco heading in his long free kick to open the scoring in only the fourth minute. Pau López had to save from Rubén Castro and Joaquín later in the first half, but some six minutes after the restart Caicedo made it two after Asensio set him up on a quick breakaway. Four minutes later Asensio was there again to cross in for Víctor Sánchez to fire home the third, and only a brave save from Adán prevented Caicedo from scoring a fourth. Substitute Rennella did finally get a late consolation for the Andalusians, but it was a disappointing defeat after two promising away wins, and they drop a point behind their opponents in the table as a result.