Sevilla drub Betis
19 November 2012
Madrid, 19 Nov: A first-half onslaught saw Sevilla set up a 5-1 win over Real Betis in a one-sided Andalusian derby due to the visitor's hapless defence.
Jose Antonio Reyes and Federico Fazio both struck braces yesterday as Sevilla came out on top in the typically highly-charged clash. Ruben Castro hit a second half reply for Betis who also saw Ruben Perez dismissed while their misery was complete with an injury time fifth from Ivan Rakitic. Sevilla have had an up-and-down season but they have a solid home record and this win puts them a point behind their city rivals in seventh.
Betis keeper Adrian San Miguel appeared half asleep as he gave the ball straight to Reyes under no pressure in the first minute and he slotted home.
From there it got a lot worse for a Betis side that was always on the back foot. Betis had their first choice defence with Paulao and Mario Alvarez at centre half who have generally a solid partnership but they were torn apart especially from the physical threat of Alvaro Negredo and the Sevilla defenders when they came forward for set-plays. They left Fazio completely unmarked in the fifth minute and he headed home a free-kick which already gave Betis a mountain to climb if they were to turn the match around. Earlier, Levante moved up to fourth with a 2-0 win over Deportivo la Coruna while Getafe beat Valladolid 2-1 and Celta Vigo drew 1-1 with Mallorca. pti