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Real Betis 1-0 Valencia

Ruben Castro scores for Real Betis
Ruben Castro has scored over 100 La Liga goals for Real Betis

Gary Neville suffered another defeat as Valencia manager as a 1-0 loss at struggling Real Betis placed the ex-England defender under more pressure.

He is yet to oversee a La Liga win since taking charge in December, as Ruben Castro's second-half goal gave Betis a first win in 13 games.

Neville faced calls to resign following a 7-0 loss in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final at Barcelona.

He refused to quit, but may now face more questions about his future.

The former Manchester United skipper's record in La Liga now shows four losses and five draws from nine games, as Betis secured only their second home league win of the season.

The first was against Real Sociedad, then managed by ex-Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes, in September.

Veteran striker Castro, 34, struck the only goal of the game four minutes into the second half as he tapped in after on-loan Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel had driven the ball across goal.

Neville's side, who are now only four points above the relegation places, almost equalised immediately but an effort from ex-Manchester City forward Alvaro Negredo was cleared by defender Juan Manuel Vargas in front of an otherwise open goal.

Valencia were reduced to 10 men for the final few minutes when defender Jose Luis Gaya was sent off for pulling back on-loan Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda which earned him a second yellow card.

Both sides had efforts ruled out for offside and Neville saw the last chance of a point disappear in stoppage time when Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adan raced off his line to deny Rodrigo as Valencia's scoreless run extended to three games.

Relive the action here.

Line-ups

Real Betis

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13AdánBooked at 74mins
  • 3MontoyaBooked at 77mins
  • 20PezzellaBooked at 11mins
  • 4González Cabrera
  • 11Vargas
  • 8Musonda
  • 25dos Santos Araujo
  • 18A N'Diaye
  • 10CeballosBooked at 70minsSubstituted forPortilloat 75'minutes
  • 9van WolfswinkelSubstituted forMolinaat 73'minutes
  • 24CastroSubstituted forDigardat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Giménez
  • 2Molinero
  • 14Torres Buigues
  • 15Digard
  • 19Molina
  • 22Portillo
  • 23van der Vaart

Valencia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Ryan
  • 19Barragán
  • 5MustafiBooked at 22mins
  • 23Abdennour
  • 6SiqueiraSubstituted forGayá Peñaat 44'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 10Parejo
  • 29ZahiboBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 76'minutes
  • 8FeghouliBooked at 35minsSubstituted forRodrigoat 60'minutes
  • 21André GomesBooked at 27mins
  • 24CheryshevBooked at 29mins
  • 7Negredo

Substitutes

  • 3Nunes Vezo
  • 11Piatti
  • 12Barbosa da Silva
  • 13Domenech Sánchez
  • 14Gayá Peña
  • 17Rodrigo
  • 22Mina Lorenzo
Referee:
José María Sánchez Martínez
Attendance:
39,261

Match Stats

Home TeamReal BetisAway TeamValencia
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away19

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Betis 1, Valencia 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Betis 1, Valencia 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia).

  4. Post update

    Jorge Molina (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Rodrigo (Valencia) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Álvaro Negredo with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Valencia. Daniel Parejo tries a through ball, but Shkodran Mustafi is caught offside.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Betis. Didier Digard replaces Rubén Castro.

  8. Post update

    Santi Mina (Valencia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Alfred N'Diaye (Real Betis).

  10. Post update

    Offside, Valencia. Denis Cheryshev tries a through ball, but Rodrigo is caught offside.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Juan Vargas (Real Betis) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

  12. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to José Gayá (Valencia) for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Foul by José Gayá (Valencia).

  14. Post update

    Charly Musonda (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Real Betis. Conceded by André Gomes.

  16. Post update

    Offside, Valencia. Shkodran Mustafi tries a through ball, but Daniel Parejo is caught offside.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Antonio Adán.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rodrigo (Valencia) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Bruno.

  20. Booking

    Martín Montoya (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona22173256173954
2Atl Madrid23163434112351
3Real Madrid23155366214550
4Villarreal23136429181145
5Sevilla2310763224837
6Ath Bilbao2310583330335
7Celta Vigo2310583436-235
8Eibar239683631533
9Dep La Coruña2361343128331
10Malaga238692120130
11Getafe2375112635-926
12Real Betis2367101631-1525
13Valencia2351082624225
14Real Sociedad2266102634-824
15Rayo Vallecano2365123047-1723
16Sporting Gijón2264122436-1222
17Espanyol2264122041-2122
18Las Palmas2356122336-1321
19Granada2355132546-2120
20Levante2345142143-2217
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