Feb 2, 2014 at 4pm UK at ‚ÄčEstadio Benito Villamarin
Real Betis
2-0
Espanyol
Castro (71', 89')
Sevilla (50'), Reyes (55'), Jordi (74')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Sanchez (68')

Result: Real Betis claim first win since September

Real Betis claim their first Liga victory since September after securing a narrow 2-0 win over Espanyol this evening.

Real Betis have claimed their first Primera Division victory since September after securing a narrow 2-0 win over Espanyol at the Benito Villamarin this evening.

Los Verdiblancos, whose last triumph came against Villarreal by a 1-0 scoreline five months ago, secured the three points courtesy of Ruben Castro's second-half brace which sees the bottom-placed Betis move six points adrift of safety in the standings.

It was Castro who proved the recipient of the game's first chance on 26 minutes, collecting a pass from Juanfran before dragging his effort wide of the mark.

The 32-year-old made amends for his previous miss with 20 minutes remaining in the contest, latching on to a loose ball inside the Catalans' half before firing past goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

Christian Stuani spurned the best chance of the encounter by firing straight at shot-stopper Antonio Adan in the final minutes of ordinary time, which proved a costly miss as Castro struck again in the closing stages to breath fresh life into Betis' relegation battle.

Betis' forward Ruben Castro heads the ball past Rijeka's defender Niko Datkovic during the UEFA Europa League Group I football match Real Betis Balompie vs HNK Rijeka at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on December 12, 2013
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