La Liga wrap: Betis leave it late, Osasuna edge Gijon
A last-gasp winner for Real Betis has propelled them to third in La Liga after a 1-0 win over Mallorca, with Osasuna also winning.
Ruben Castro capped off a second half the hosts dominated when he stabbed home the only goal of the game four minutes from time.
It was Betis’ second 1-0 victory this season after their opening-day win at Grenada which they left even later to seal.
Osasuna did enough in the first half to set up their 2-1 win against Sporting Gijon.
After a lively opening Kike Sola’s defence-splitting pass set up Nino who finished neatly on 28 minutes giving the home side the advantage. The hosts scored another excellent goal just two minutes later when Alvaro Cejudo volleyed home Sergio’s cross.
Sporting were handed a lifeline against the run of play when Diego Barral’s shot found its way through goalkeeper Andres Fernandez on 75 minutes, but Osasuna were good enough to hold on.
Racing Santander shared a point in a dull goalless affair with Levante.
Racing had the best chances after a dour first half with Arouna Kone and Valdo both having efforts blocked.
In the end though the hosts were lucky to escape with a point after Papa Bouba Diop was sent from the field late on for a second yellow card.
In Madrid there was little more to cheer about for newly-promoted Rayo Vallecano and Real Zaragoza as they played out another goalless stalemate.
Rayo will be disappointed to go away empty-handed after Javi Feugo had a penalty saved with 20 minutes remaining.
Zaragoza keeper Roberto Jimenez got down superbly to parry away the danger but after his side created little going forward all game they would be more than happy to leave Las Vallecas with a point.
More to follow
Sun 11 September, 2011