Real Betis’ Aissa Mandi opens 2018-19 LaLiga account in Real Valladolid win

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Aitor Alcalde
The defender's effort late in the first half was crucial in helping Quique Setién's side end a four-game winless run

Aissa Mandi was on target as Real Betis grabbed a 2-0 victory away at Real Valladolid in Sunday's LaLiga encounter.

The Algeria defender helped the visitors halt a four-game winless run - coming on the back of their ouster from the Europa League after a 3-1 home loss to Rennes on Thursday to drop out of the competition 6-4 on aggregate.

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On Sunday evening, Mandi opened the scoring on the stroke of half time before Joaquin wrapped up the victory three minutes before regulation time.

Mandi's strike was his first in the Spanish top-flight this season and his second in all competition; the 27-year-old having netted in a Copa Del Rey win over Espanyol on January 30.

This season, the former Reims defender has played in 32 games for seventh-placed Betis, who face Valencia in a Copa Del Rey fixture on Thursday.

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