Betis move away from the relegation zone

Real Betis took a welcome jump up the Primera Division standings with an impressive 2-0 win over Las Palmas at Estadio Benito Villamarin on Friday night.

The hosts made a bright start to the match and could have had an early lead through Ruben Castro but he was denied by a good save from Javi Varas.

However, the home fans would not have to wait long for the opening goal as Betis made their pressure pay in the 27th minute. Some very poor defending allowed Bruno Gonzalez Cabrera to get himself into a good position at a corner and power home a strong header to give them a 1-0 lead.

Castro was then played in by a deft ball from Joaquin, but he was once again denied by Varas.

Just as Las Palmas were starting to get a foothold in the match, Betis hit them once again seconds before the half time whistle was blown. The visitors’ troubles in defending set pieces was again shown up as Aissa Mandi headed the home side 2-0 up.

Verderones, seemingly content with their advantage, shut up shop after the break, inviting the visitors on to them and looking to hit them on the counter.

It did result in more chances for Las Palmas but most of them were speculative shots from long range and nothing really troubled Antonio Adan, until Vicente Gomez’ 82nd minute effort forced a smart diving save out of the Betis stopper.

Unfortunately, that was the best moment of a dull second half as the hosts hung on to a well-worked 2-0 win to move up to 12th in La Liga.