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Dec 5, 2014 at 9pm UK at Estadio Benito Villamarin
Real Betis
3-4
Almeria
Castro (80'), Perquis (86'), Molina (90')
FT(HT: 0-3)
Mane (3'), Dangda (7'), Quique (29'), Mendez (61')

Result: Late goals keep Real Betis in Copa del Rey tie with Almeria

Real Betis scores three times in the final 11 minutes of a thrilling 4-3 first leg to light the spark for a remarkable comeback in their Copa del Rey tie with Almeria.

Second-tier Real Betis scored three times in the final 11 minutes to light the spark for a remarkable comeback in their Copa del Rey tie with Almeria this evening.

The visitors seemed to have one foot in the next round when they raced into a four-goal lead in Seville, only for Betis to bounce back in a thrilling first leg.

Almeria were 17th in the table and without a win in seven La Liga matches prior to kickoff, but made a rapid start against the Segunda Division B outfit.

Fringe players Mane and Teerasil Dangda, who had only previously made one start between them this season, each netted in the opening five minutes.

Another who had seen limited action this term for Francisco Rodriguez's side, Quique, added a third on 29 minutes as Almeria's second string put out a first-half statement.

Things got even better for the away side after the interval as Edgar Mendez increased their advantage further on 62 minutes, but the complexion of the game changed dramatically with Ruben Castro's introduction.

Real's 12-goal top scorer bagged within six minutes of his arrival off the bench, and Damien Perquis reduced the deficit to two goals with a powerful strike beyond debutant keeper Damien Perquis on 86 minutes.

Jorge Molina shocked Almeria and gave Betis even more hope with a stoppage-time effort which left Julio Velazquez's team trailing only 4-3 ahead of the reverse fixture in Andalusia on December 16.

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