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Aug 23, 2015 at 9.30pm UK at ​Estadio Benito Villamarin
Real Betis
1-1
Villarreal
Castro (87')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Soldado (31')
Soriano (92')

Result: Roberto Soldado scores on debut in draw at Real Betis

Real Betis rescue a late draw at home to Villarreal in their opening game back in La Liga.

Roberto Soldado scored his first league goal for Villarreal this evening, but the Yellow Submarines were denied victory by a controversial late equaliser from Real Betis.

The hosts nearly took the lead in the early stages when Xavi Torres blazed a shot over the bar before Juan Vargas directed a shot off-target soon after.

Soldado nearly scored on the half-hour mark, but saw his strike tipped around by Antonio Adan.

However, after a succession of corners, Villarreal's pressure paid off when the former Tottenham Hotspur player turned home Juame Costa's cross.

Betis tried to pull themselves back on level terms, but both Bruno and Jorge Molina failed to test Alphonse Areola either side of the break.

Soldado went close with another effort early in the second period, which Adan managed to keep out before Ruben Castro's strike was tipped away by Areola at the other end.

Just after the hour mark, Adan dropped a cross, which almost presented Cedric Bakambu with an easy chance only for the Real keeper to recover the ball from the substitute's path.

Adan then rushed out of his goal, but was rounded by Bakambu. The Congolese forward's goalbound shot was cleared off the line before Samuel struck the crossbar.

However, Betis rescued a point in the dying stages when Cristiano Piccini's long-range shot was parried by Areola into the path of Torres, who appeared to be in an offside position, but headed the ball into the path of Castro to score from close range.

Villarreal were forced to see out the final seconds with 10 men when captain Bruno Soriano was sent off, but both sides were forced to settle for a point.

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4Real Madrid1910362824433
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7Real Betis197572223-126
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17Celta Vigo195683132-121
18Rayo Vallecano1954102234-1219
19Villarreal193882025-517
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