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Played
December 17, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
Estadio de Balaídos — Vigo
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 12000‎
 
 
Jorge Molina 81′
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Jorge Molina
Jorge Molina
Betis
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Celta Vigo 0-1 Betis: Andalusians keep up Champions League spot challenge

Pepe Mel's team claimed their first win in three games and now find themselves level on points with fourth-placed Malaga, but with a worse goal difference than their local rivals

By Vasil Kotsev

Iago Aspas, Juan Carlos - Celta v Betis
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Betis have maintained their bid for a Champions League place with a narrow 1-0 win over Celta Vigo at the Estadio Balaidos.

The Andalusians were pegged back for large parts of the game, but ultimately managed to claim the three points though a late winner by Jorge Molina.

The hosts had the majority of possession in the opening period, but despite this advantage struggled to create chances in front of Adrian's goal.

Celta spurned a wonderful chance at the end of the first half through Iago Aspas, who fired wide from inside the box after being set up by Michael Krohn-Dehli in the 40th minute.

Betis improved their game after the break and started pushing at the hosts' defence, creating a host of chances. Ruben Castro, Salva Sevilla and Molina all failed to find the target for the visitors, but the Andalusians' persistence would soon bear fruit.

With less than 10 minutes to go, Betis were rewarded for their efforts. A cross by Nacho on the left rolled into the feet of Molina, who fired past Javi Varas to give the visitors the lead.

That turn of events spurred on Celta, who threw everything they have in the remaining time until the final whistle, but ultimately had to rue missing three outstanding chances through Augusto Fernandez, Gustavo Cabral and Mario Bermejo in the closing stages of the match.

Following tonight's game, Betis find themselves in fifth place, tied on 28 points with Malaga in fourth, while Celta are 15th with 15 marks. The Andalusians' next league game sees them host Mallorca on Saturday, while the Galicians visit Atletico Madrid the day before.


Celta

13
Javi Varas
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Hugo Mallo
Defender
3.50
-
Roberto Lago
Defender
46′
3.00
3
3.00
22
3.00
4
Oubiña
Midfielder
3.50
23
2.50
24
Augusto Fernández
Midfielder
85′
2.50
9
Bermejo
Striker
74′
2.50
9
Iago Aspas
Striker
3.00
10
2.50

Betis

3.50
2
Chica
Defender
3.50
-
Mario
Defender
3.50
4
Amaya
Defender
91′
3.00
23
Nacho
Defender
81′
3.00
7
Beñat
Midfielder
82′
2.50
14
Salva Sevilla
Midfielder
67′
3.00
17
Juan Carlos
Midfielder
43′ 57′
3.00
21
José Cañas
Midfielder
2.50
11
3.00
24

Substitutes

1
Sergio
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Jonathan Vila
Midfielder
 - 
16
Bellvís
Midfielder
46′
3.00
7
 - 
20
Toni
Midfielder
46′ 48′
2.50
-
Natxo Insa
Midfielder
 - 
-
De Lucas
Striker
85′
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
Casto
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Ángel
Defender
 - 
3
Paulao
Defender
 - 
24
Pozuelo
Midfielder
 - 
6
Rubén Pérez
Midfielder
82′
 - 
20
N. Igiebor
Midfielder
67′
 - 
7
Vadillo
Midfielder
4.00
19

Coach/Manager

-
3.00

Coach/Manager

3.50
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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0