Real Murcia were under pressure before the game even started; Sevilla had already beaten Lucena 2 - 0 in an early kick off, so a victory was need to recover top spot. Real came out very positive, and we saw some of the best moments of the season, but without the prize of a goal. Betis rarely threatened Alberto's goal, he had only one serious save to make during the whole 90 minutes. What they were good at however was playacting and timewasting. Time after time a player in green and white would roll around in fake agony, only to be running around as if nothing had happened just a minute later. The tactic of rolling back onto the pitch rather than off it, so badly injured they could not move the 10 inches so that their physio can attend to them. Of course all this can to an end as soon as Murcia went ahead. Betis's mission was clearly to try and sneak a nil nil draw, defending with all hands....and it looked like they were going to reach their target.....Murcia were wasteful in front of goal, Kike hit a post, Pedro blasted a penalty onto the bar.....just 8 minutes remained when substitute Isaac crossed for Chando to score with a proper number 9's diving header. Relief all round.
Mario Marín - Luciano - Ivan Amaya - Óscar Sánchez
Urzaiz (Rosquete 77') - Cañadas (Isaac 62') - Albiol - Pedro
Kike (Aquino 66') - Chando
Real Betis B:
Súper - Juanito - Fran No - Antón (Agudo 80')
Bernal (Kike 56') - José Ángel (Pozuelo 86') - Edgar - Damán
Eric - Ryan
1-0 Chando 82'
Referee: Mr. Ortiz Arias. Not the worst we have seen....
So, 9 games to go, 9 games to achieve the first target for the season, top spot and a double stab at promotion. It certainly looks like Sevilla will not let up, so I don't expect anything other that a battle right until the last game of the regular season.
Next up, a trip to Poli Ejido next weekend.