Shall we admit it right from the start? Betis were lucky to win that one. It wasn't that they got a fortunate refereeing decision, or even any particularly kind bounces, but rather that they turned up without their A game and discovered that for once they didn't need it. For most of the 90 minutes Betis passed the ball poorly, moved sluggishly and didn't look like they really knew the way to goal, but happily the home side were even worse. All it took was a moment of class from Jorge Molina ten minutes from time, when he received a Nacho cross with his back to goal and spun round to shoot before his marker or goalkeeper Javi Vargas knew what was going on, and out of nothing the game was won. Celta did manage to fashion a couple of chances right at the end, but a combination of cool goalkeeping, desperate defending and, yes, sheer luck kept the ball out. Betis are back up to fifth, level with fourth-placed Málaga on 28 points. You know when they reached that figure last season? The third week in February.
Betis: Adrián; Chica, Mario, Amaya, Nacho; Cañas, Beñat (Rubén Pérez, m. 80), Salva Sevilla (Nosa, m. 66); Campbell, Juan Carlos (Jorge Molina, m. 55), Rubén Castro.
Goal: 0-1, m. 80: Jorge Molina.