La Liga
10 December 2017
Game week
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Estadio Benito Villamarín (Sevilla)


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29' Saúl (G) (assist by: Š. Vrsaljko)


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That's all from this one. Thanks for joining us and, until next time, goodbye!
Atleti see out the final seconds and Saul's goal proves enough to take all three points. They leapfrog rivals Real Madrid into third in the table.
90'+6 FULL-TIME: Betis 0 Atletico 1.
YELLOW! Leon goes into the book late on for dissent.
90'+5 And another foul follows, this time on Godin. This has been a professional performance from Atleti.
90'+4 And a foul on Gabi offers further relief when Betis seize the ball. There is surely no way back for the hosts.
Atleti are seeing this game out comfortably now. They have possession in the Betis half.
90'+3 Substitution Thomas Teye Partey Lucas Hernández Pi
90'+2 CLOSE! Could that be Betis' last chance? Gracia drills a low shot just past the left-hand post. Oblak was beaten, but the substitute could not quite pick out the corner.
90'+1 There will be five minutes of added time as Betis keep the pressure on.
89' The home side cross from left to right and then right to left, Riza Durmisi finally looping a header safely into the hands of Oblak. Time is running out for Betis.
88' SUB! Another attacking change for Betis, bringing on Aitor Ruibal in place of Fabian.
87' Betis are now having to contain Atleti rather than themselves attack. An entertaining game is meeting a rather muted end.
86' Atleti force a corner on the right and the delivery drops for Filipe Luis, but his shot is so wayward that it was going backwards by the time Adan intercepted. The goalkeeper launches the ball and Betis forward immediately.
85' Torres opts against shooting from a tight angle after Koke loses and then quickly regains possession. The opportunity passes, but Atleti keep the pressure on.
83' A foul by Thomas saves Torres' blushes this time. The midfielder fouls a Betis defender before squaring to his team-mate, who somehow blazes over the top with the goal gaping. The referee's whistle had gone, however.
82' So nearly a chance for Torres! Vrsaljko's deflected cross just evades the forward as Atleti look to clinch the points.
81' There is a great deal of urgency to Betis' play, but not a whole lot of quality. Opportunities for Atleti to counter are increasing.
79' YELLOW! Aissa Mandi and Koke are both left nursing knocks after a challenge, but it is the Betis man who is booked - to his disgust.
77' Again Betis come forward and again there is no killer end product. Zouhair Feddal is guilty of an awful cross this time, Oblak claiming.
76' SUB! Atleti have a change of their own, Fernando Torres replacing Gameiro.
75' SUB! Barragan has been a threat on the right, but he makes way. Betis introduce Julio Gracia.
74' Atleti are so composed in possession, picking passes between the increasingly desperate Betis players when each move breaks down. The home side need a change...
72' Atleti's defence now represents a red and white wall. Betis continue to attack, but there is simply no route through.
68' WIDE! Atleti are going to have opportunities as Betis keep pushing and, from a corner, Gimenez has a chance. He blazes high and wide, though.
66' SUB! Guardado cannot continue with an apparent groin strain and Victor Camarasa is on.
65' Guardado is down and Vrsaljko generously kicks the ball out of play as Atleti had looked set to take full advantage on the break.
64' Huge roars of dismay from the home supporters as Joaquin is punished for a foul on Godin, who had been attempting to shield the ball out of play. The locals have not enjoyed the referee's display.
63' SAVE! This is a simple one for Oblak. Betis themselves break, but Fabian Ruiz's shot is weak and comfortably held.
62' Atleti have the opportunity to put the game to bed on the counter, but they take too long to muster a shooting opportunity and Betis clear.
61' SUB! A defensive change for Atleti, with Jose Gimenez replacing Correa. The visitors have switched to a back three in an attempt to halt the Betis onslaught.
A pair of corners come to nothing and Oblak eventually claims.
60' SAVE! Outstanding from Oblak! Simply outstanding. Betis thought they were level with a strike from Tello destined for the top corner until the goalkeeper incredibly pawed the ball over the top.
59' YELLOW! Filipe Luis goes into the book for a challenge on Barragan, who nipped the ball away just in time to ride the foul.
57' Now Betis are really piling on the pressure. Barragan crosses at the end of a fine move and two crucial interventions from Atleti defenders - first Godin, then the clearing Vrsaljko - are required to prevent a home forward from reaching the ball.
55' CHANCE! Leon really should have done better! It's fine work initially as he dashes onto Tello's weak cross, but the forward lacks composure as he aims for goal from a tight angle on the left, flashing an effort across Oblak. Atleti clear.
53' The free-kick evades the Betis players, but Oblak needlessly punches instead of catching or allowing the ball to run behind for a goal kick. A second cross is cleared.
51' YELLOW! And that's enough for a caution for the defender. That looked a little harsh.
Joaquin appears to be in real pain after a foul from Godin. It was a stunted fall, but the linesman on the far side spotted a kick.
50' There's a short stoppage as Saul recovers, having stretched for the ball. The jeers from the home fans are inevitable.
Vrsaljko delivers a cross from the right, but - unlike for the goal - the centre is too close to a defender. Gameiro cannot stretch a toe to the ball.
49' Atleti are going to play on the counter in this second half. After a long spell of Betis pressure, Correa and Thomas combine to bring the ball clear. The visitors are able to keep the ball, too.
47' Guardado delivers a free-kick from near halfway, but the cross falls short of the bunch of Betis players at the far post. A second attempted centre is easily claimed by Oblak.
46' Leon makes early progress down the left, but Godin steps across to make a timely challenge as the forward approaches the area. Betis are immediately back on the front foot, as they have been throughout - the goal aside.
KICK-OFF: Atleti get us back under way. They lead 1-0.
The players are making their way back out ahead of the second half.
We'll have all the second half action shortly...
And moods in the home sections were certainly not improved by Saul's opener. It's a long way back against an Atleti side so astute at the back.
The half ends amid whistles from the home fans as Betis are again denied a free-kick. That has been a constant theme.
45'+2 HALF-TIME: Betis 0 Atletico 1.
45'+1 There will be just one minute of added time.
45' The players are growing as irate as the crowd. Leon is denied a free-kick and Barragan swiftly responds by fouling Koke.
44' Betis are put under pressure following the set-piece, their attempts to pass the ball out of defence hindered by Atleti's press. A Godin foul offers some much-needed relief for the home side.
43' YELLOW! A booking and a costly one for Guardado - that earns a suspension. It's a clear yellow card as the midfielder clips Koke.
42' SAVE! Leon drifts to the right and cuts inside to shoot on his left. But Oblak is not troubled by a tame strike.
40' Atleti attack and Gameiro looks to Koke on the overlap. His pass is intercepted but a rash ball out from Adan hands possession back to the visitors.
39' Guardado has the opportunity to deliver from a deep free-kick, but Atleti clear with ease. Betis' momentum has slowed considerably since the goal.
37' And more penalty appeals! These are considerably more muted as Joaquin's cross strikes the defender, the referee instantly waving away the hosts' claims. That certainly was not a handball.
35' The crowd are growing more and more frustrated. Atleti will look to ensure this atmosphere festers. Betis have the ball once again.
33' Betis are back on top, but Atleti will revel in defending this lead.
31' SAVE! Atleti could and should be out of sight! Correa runs through as Betis are caught out, but a low shot is straight at the goalkeeper.
29' It was Vrsaljko whose cross reached Saul, a fine delivering piercing the space between the Betis back line and Adan.
GOAL! It's been all Betis, but Atleti lead! A cross from the right somehow evades a cluster of players at the near post and Saul instead arrives from the left to tap into the open goal. 0-1.
28' Atleti are struggling, but a foul on Thomas Partey allows the visitors to build from a free-kick on halfway.
26' More penalty appeals! Tello goes down in the box, but no foul is given. Atleti clear.
25' A couple of nervy moments from Antonio Adan in the Betis goal as he is repeatedly asked to pass the ball out by his defence, but the hosts escape punishment.
23' CLOSE! Betis so nearly open the scoring! Joaquin delivers the set-piece from the left and Leon cannot quite get enough on the ball to find the far corner, with Barragan also inches away.
22' The crowd are furious. Guardado skips away from Vrsaljko and the defender hacks him down. Free-kick, but no yellow.
A deep delivery is nodded back into the box, but penalty appeals are waved away as players jostle for the ball in the middle.
21' Vrsaljko concedes a corner on the right-hand side. Joaquin to take...
20' Outstanding defending from Stefan Savic! A sweeping cross from Barragan on the right looks destined to find Sergio Leon until the Atleti defender stretches out a toe to turn the ball away.
19' There's no relief for Atleti right now. A clearance goes straight to Guardado, waiting deep in the midfield. Simeone's men must dig in.
17' Betis have the opportunity to break this time, with Atleti defenders caught upfield. But Boudebouz wastefully plays the ball out of play ahead of Tello on the left.
16' Atleti have made a slow start, but there's nothing sluggish about their pace on the counter. Gameiro looks to thread a pass through the Betis defence. The home back line recovers.
14' YELLOW! And Correa is booked for that challenge.
And again the fans are angry as Boudebouz is not given a free-kick after jinking through the Atleti midfield and going down. A foul is eventually called against Correa, however.
13' More frustration for the home fans as Joaquin goes down looking for a free-kick and instead concedes the foul. The set-piece, from near the halfway line, comes to nothing.
11' Barragan slides a pass in towards Boudebouz in the box, but Godin is across to hammer the ball clear via the shins of the onrushing Betis midfielder.
10' Disappointing from Cristian Tello, whose effort strikes the wall. Atleti clear.
9' Antonio Barragan's cross is only half-cleared and Saul Niguez fouls Andres Guardado on the edge of the area. Free-kick and a big chance for Betis...
8' It looks like Atleti will have their work cut out today. Betis are up for this and have consistently kept the ball in the opening stages.
6' The crowd are involved from the off. It's noisy at Benito Villamarin. Betis look to attack.
4' Atleti's first forward foray is halted on the right as Sime Vrsaljko is flagged offside. He looked to be on.
3' SAVE! And now a first shot on target. Boudebouz runs through and drives an effort at Jan Oblak. It's been a lively start.
The game belatedly restarts with Diego Godin knocking the free-kick long.
1' YELLOW! Ryad Boudebouz goes into the book for that challenge on Gabi, to the frustration of coach Quique Setien. The crowd are not happy either.
Gabi is down in the opening minute, having clashed boots with a Betis player. He looks in real pain.
KICK-OFF: Betis get us under way!
Can the visitors take all three points here? Well we're about to find out. The teams are on the pitch as we near kick-off.
Atleti are unbeaten away from home in all competitions this season, but a number of those costly draws - in both LaLiga and the Champions League - have come on the road.
There are four changes to the Atleti team that drew with Chelsea in European action as Antoine Griezmann misses out with injury. The pressure is on Kevin Gameiro to step up in his absence.
Subs: Moya, Torres, Carrasco, Fernandez, Vietto, Hernandez, Gimenez.
Atletico (4-4-2): Oblak, Vrsaljko, Savic, Godin, Filipe Luis, Saul, Gabi, Thomas, Koke, Gameiro, Correa.
Subs: Gimenez, Navarro, Camarasa, Leiva, Tosca, Ruibal, Gracia.
Betis (4-2-3-1): Adan, Barragan, Mandi, Feddal, Durmisi, Ruiz, Guardado, Joaquin, Boudebouz, Tello, Leon.
So let's get the team news...
And Diego Simeone's men were dealt a further blow in midweek, when they were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage. Atleti will look to bounce back here.
Atleti remain unbeaten in the league this season, although six draws from 14 matches leave them six points off leaders Barcelona - who also play later today.
Hello and welcome to our live text commentary of the clash between Real Betis and Atletico Madrid in LaLiga!


D. Godín
Filipe Luis
Z. Feddal
T. Partey
Fabián Ruiz
Sergio León
R. Boudebouz
Á. Correa
J. Oblak
R. Durmisi
S. Savić
Š. Vrsaljko
A. Guardado
Cristian Tello
K. Gameiro
A. Mandi

Additional info

Teodoro Sobrino
Fourth official
Raúl González

Match Stats

Real Betis Atlético Madrid
54 Attacks (Dangerous) 31
3 Corners 2
14 Fouls 19
21 Free Kicks 14
6 Goal Kicks 3
0 Offsides 2
2 Shots (blocked) 1
2 Shots (off target) 1
5 Shots (on target) 2
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
23 Throw Ins 29

Regular Season

# Team MP D P

Estadio Benito Villamarín

Estadio Benito Villamarín