Mar 31, 2014 at 9pm UK at ​Estadio Benito Villamarin
Real Betis
1-2
Malaga
Reyes (30')
N'Diaye (13'), Juanfran (45')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Juanmi (84'), Darder (88')
Antunes (23'), Ferreira (25'), Amrabat (47'), Santa Cruz (53'), Sanchez (60'), Juanmi (76'), Camacho (90')

Result: Real Betis fall to late Malaga comeback

Malaga's forward Juanmi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Malaga CF vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Rosaleda stadium in Malaga on November 25, 2013
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Malaga score twice in the final six minutes to beat Real Betis 2-1 and deal a major blow to their survival hopes.

Malaga have dealt a major blow to Real Betis' survival hopes, scoring twice in the last six minutes to secure a 2-1 victory over La Liga's bottom club this evening.

The visitors almost took the lead in the 12th minute as Francisco Portillo latched on to a pass deep inside the area before drilling a low shot towards the bottom corner, but the keeper got down well to make a good save.

Betis took the lead right on the half-hour mark as Lorenzo Reyes was afforded time and space to shoot from just outside the box, firing his effort past Wilfredo Caballero.

The hosts had a chance to double their lead on the stroke of half time as Ruben Castro connected with a cross inside the area, but he couldn't steer his header on target.

Castro threatened again 10 minutes after the restart, beating the defence in the air once more before planting a header just wide of the post.

Malaga had a chance to equalise on the hour mark as Jesus Gamez hit a first-time shot from inside the area that flew narrowly past the upright.

Betis came close to all but sealing the points in the 66th minute when Leo Baptistao picked up the ball inside the area, but he couldn't keep his eventual shot down.

The visitors kept pushing for an equaliser and almost found it with a little over 15 minutes remaining as Juanmi fired a low effort towards the bottom corner, but Antonio Adan pushed it wide.

Juanmi was not to be denied next time, however, as he levelled things up for his side just six minutes from time with a close-range finish from Nordin Amrabat's through-ball.

The hosts almost regained the lead immediately afterwards when Alfred N'Diaye found himself in the opposition six-yard box, but Cabellero pulled off a fine save to keep the scores level.

It was Malaga who provided the late winner, however, as Sergi Darder broke Betis hearts with an 88th-minute strike moments after Roque Santa Cruz had also spurned a good chance.

The hosts could have rescued a point in second-half stoppage time when they were awarded a penalty, but Castro only served to compound their misery by hitting the crossbar from 12 yards to conclude a dramatic finale to the match.

Athletic Bilbao's forward Iker Muniain celebrates with midfielder Benat Etxebarria Urkiaga after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Betis Balompie vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on February 23, 2014
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