La Liga: Real Betis 0 – 2 Atlético

Strong second half performance by Atleti to earn 3 points in Seville

Diego Costa celebrates his goal (MARCA)

Diego Costa celebrates his goal (MARCA)

An exciting game on a sunny afternoon in Seville between one of La Liga’s top dogs and its last placed team finished like you’d expect, with an Atlético Madrid victory over Real Betis.

A strong second half performance saw the Rojiblancos score twice in the space of five minutes in a short span which decided the game. A few moments prior to the opening goal Betis’ Braian Rodríguez had been sent off, leaving his team without options of coming back into the game.

It was captain Gabi who broke the deadlock in the 59th minute when he struck from distance after receiving the ball from Arda Turan.

A few moments later Diego Costa and Raúl García messed up a perfect opportunity to double our lead, but it wouldn’t be long until the second goal was scored. When Betis failed to clear a cross in the 64th minute, it was Koke who allowed Diego Costa to strike from close distance. It was Costa’s 23rd goal in la Liga this season, matching Betis’ entire league total.

Diego Costa, who’s far from a popular player in all of Seville, has now scored in the last four meetings with Betis. Curiously, all four of his goals were scored between the 55th and 65th minute. Costa should have had another goal, but he was incorrectly ruled offside in the first half. He was out of luck again ten minutes before the end, when his goalbound header was blocked by teammate David Villa.

At the start of the second half, with the game still scoreless, it was actually Betis who had the biggest opportunity to go ahead, but Juan Carlos hit the post after a lovely through ball by Jorge Molina.

Then, just a few minutes after the break, Braian Rodríguez received his second yellow card of the game for foolishly slapping the ball away with his hand. The sending off was the beginning of the end for Betis, who are now 9 points away from a spot that’ll keep them in the Primera next season. At the other end of the table Atlético are back on top, with Real Madrid set to play Barcelona later on Sunday night.

Real Betis Atlético
Real Betis 02 Atlético
 Gabi 59'
 Diego Costa 64'
Competition Liga BBVA
Location Benito Villamarín
Date 23 March 2014
Kick Off 17:00 CET

Team Lineups

Real Betis
Amaya (27')
Juan Carlos (69')
Reyes (75')
Substitutes used
Nono (27')
Cédrick (69')
Matilla (75')
Koke (83')
Arda (66')
Raúl García (60')
Diego Costa
Substitutes used
Diego (60')
Villa (66')
Sosa (83')

Match Stats

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  • Kris

    What matters most is that we got the three points!!

  • Kris

    Goal! Barca!!

  • farhan

    yuppo… hooe real loose this match

  • Ali

    For the first time in my life im cheering for braca even tho im not barca fan but because they will knock out our cross town rivals out of the first place and we will move on top! C,mon barca! Visca andreas inesta!

  • farhan

    shit. . goal… benzema…

  • farhan

    barca now loosing…. dafuq going on?

  • piserakos

    Goal de Lionel Messi!!! Vamos Barca!!! We are all with Barca today mates!

  • Will

    Madrid being assisted again! Outside the box fail given penalty…

  • Ali

    Barca defence really sucks and reff shows hes is madrid paid dog. Horrible decision from reff the challenge was made outside the box!

  • Ali

    Neymar sucks bring on sanchez or pedro!

  • Will

    Neymar out, Pedro in..

  • Ali

    RED CARD ! RAMOS. Visca barca! Now you cant do it!

  • Will

    Said it too soon..

  • Ali

    I mean you can do it!

  • Ali

    Hattttttttttrrriiicccckk! Meeeeesssssiiiiii

  • Chewie

    We’re on top, guys.

  • kris

    TOP OF THE FUCKING TABLE!!!! CELEBRATION!!!! HOPE WE CAN KEEP THE MOMENTUM AND NOT SLIP UP, EVEN FOR ONCE!!! I mean the point difference between us and the second team is 0, and the third team is 1, if we lose any points, and they win any more points, there’s gonna be another one on top!! We have to carry this all the way to the end!! I BELIEVE WE CAN WIN LA LIGA!! COME ON ATLETI!! AUPA!!!!

  • Zakaria

    What a league, I am glad am witnessing the hottest league in years, and Atleti lead what more can I ask for.
    I am going to Spain if we win the league to celebrate on the streets of Madrid same as copa celebrations.
    Aupa Atleti

  • EC

    Great day for us. What a crazy clasico aswell. Was a brilliant game to watch. Great stuff from Barca and messi.
    Barcelona are looking good again which in no small part seems to be down to Messi getting back to his best, 6 in his last 2. Iam a bit fearful about or CL chances

  • piserakos

    Who is at the top of the league guys?? Atletico de Madrid!!! We should win Granada now and after that we have a really difficult game at San Mames, if we win probably we will win La Liga!! I’m so f-cking happy!! I won a lot of many from bettings this weekend and my team is at top of the league!!

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    I guess we all were Barca fans tonight,
    and I have to confess, it felt good, I even thought of switching and becoming a permanent Barca fan .. just kidding,
    I would never do that or even think of it for one second,
    but I envy Barca fans though, what a great team they have

    Leaders .. again
    but this time I hope we can stay at top for more than one week

    Cholo, it’s not just Atleti fans who are thanking you, all Spain and all the football fans from all around the world thank you for resurrecting La Liga, for giving them a very exciting show to watch,
    and all the poor clubs thank you for giving them hope, for proving that football can beat money .. and that hard workers must and will have their reward.

  • layibiyi

    Common Ahmad! We have a great ‘team’? I refuse to believe you didn’t have a couple of laughs about our sometimes comical defending today, especially after you have seen what an actual defence looks like in your team about 50 times this season.

    We have the great individuals no doubt but the difference between this game and one of those halves against bayern last season was the presence of messi, and to a lesser extent an inspired iniesta. The defense has probably gotten worse since then.

    Anyways, we are bound to become worst enemies again in about a week, but I need you guys to win all your games before our final league game so we can give that game to you as a backup if Madrid is still ahead of us then lol. I want us to lose something crucial so we can go out and finally spend money on a center back or two, but the conditions have to be right meaning R.Madrid can’t be the recipient of such loss lol

    Good luck guys, the hatred resumes soon

  • piserakos

    Layibiyi you are right.. Your defence allways was your weak spot and this year we got worst! Pique and Macherano are not really good and with Puyol getting too old you need of course one great defender! You have Messi, he won the game for you today. About Neymar! Where the hell you found that guy? He sacks!

  • Andres (Lolaya)

    I don’t really like Barca.

    There I said it.

  • farhan

    ….sacks..??? :-D……sucks..buddy…
    anyway… thank god barca won
    .it is enough for shutting up real. wierd fans….
    but it also true that VALDES >barca defence… …they just spendig their money on forward …..i think they may buy DAVID LUIZ from chelsea….he is aAWESOME.!!!!! DAMMM GOOD….
    but we have Villa who cares .. 😀 B-)

  • Farzad

    We will win next match but match with bilbao is so so harder than match with barca