Seville (Spain), Sep 24 (IANS) Real Betis beat visiting Malaga 1-0 here, taking some of the sting out of their loss to Sevilla in the derby earlier this week in the La Liga football competition.
The quality of the football on offer at Seville’s Benito Villamarin stadium on Friday was hardly inspiring. But the Betis faithfuls were content for their side to grind out a win in a chippy contest that saw the referee hand out 10 yellow cards, reports Efe.
Both teams looked tentative at the start of the contest, coming alive only after the 20-minute mark.
The goal came in the 25th minute, when Betis’ Joaquin Sanchez put his head to a perfect cross from Musonda.
Malaga was quick to respond, generating three chances in five minutes, but the closest they came to scoring was a shot that hit the post.
The victory vaulted Betis into eighth place in La Liga, with eight points. Malaga, with five points, sit in the 16th spot.