Real Betis defeat Celta Vigo 3-2 on Saturday at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos. Both teams arrived in good form, having secured victories in their previous matches. Celta were looking to pick up points after winning their previous two games in the league. The most recent was against the Barcelona away (2-1), the other to Getafe at home (1-0). Betis, on the other hand, were able to continue their winning streak after a 1-0 win against Huesca in their last match. Following the final whistle at the end of the last game of the LaLiga season, Celta and Betis sit 8th (53 points) and 6th (61 points) in the table respectively, after a total of 38 matches.
It was an impressive opening from The Sky Blues, with a goal from Iago Aspas in the 32nd minute and seeing the first half out 1-0.
Celta started the second half with an intensified spirit, thanks to an early goal from Brais Mendez in the 49th minute. However, Betis weren’t lying down and managed to pull back a goal from Borja Iglesias in the 53rd minute. Betis looked to have the game under control when they scored again and incerased their lead, thanks to a goal from Nabil Fekir, 69 minutes in to establish a 2-2. The Green-and-Whites then netted once more and turned the match thanks to a goal from Victor Ruiz, 73 minutes in to make it 3-2.
For Celta, Augusto Solari, Miguel Baeza and Gabriel Veiga, came on for Nolito, Fran Beltran and Kevin Vazquez. Betis replaced Alex Moreno, Cristian Tello, Diego Lainez, William Carvalho and Loren Moron with Aitor Ruibal, Juan Miranda, Rodri, Andres Guardado and Borja Iglesias.
The referee booked Denis Suarez, Carlos Dominguez, Nolito, Iago Aspas, Augusto Solari and Brais Mendez from Celta. Betis had the worst of it though, with Victor Ruiz, Andres Guardado, Nabil Fekir, Alex Moreno, Claudio Bravo and Diego Lainez seeing yellow, and Cristian Tello (2 yellow cards) then sent off with a red.
|Celta Vigo:||Claudio Bravo, Emerson, Marc Bartra, Victor Ruiz, Juan Miranda, Aitor Ruibal, Rodri, Guido Rodriguez, Andres Guardado, Nabil Fekir and Borja Iglesias|
|Real Betis:||Ivan Villar, Kevin Vazquez, Carlos Dominguez, Nestor Araujo, Aaron Martin, Brais Mendez, Denis Suarez, Fran Beltran, Nolito, Iago Aspas and Santi Mina|
|Stadium:||the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos|
|Goals:||Iago Aspas (1-0, min. 32), Brais Mendez (2-0, min. 49), Borja Iglesias (2-1, min. 53), Nabil Fekir (2-2, min. 69) and Victor Ruiz (2-3, min. 73)|