Nine men Betis lose to Cadiz

La Liga

Following Villarreal’s victory over Real Madrid on Saturday, Betis was unable to overtake Quique Setien’s team as they struggled in a Andalucian rivalry. After receiving a court-ordered reprieve from a four-game suspension, Betis playmaker Sergio Canales returned to the field, but it only lasted 38 minutes.

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Ruben Sobrino was knocked to the ground by the Spaniard, preventing the Cadiz forward from advancing on goal. After Juan Miranda handled a free-kick, Cadiz took the lead early in the second half with Ruben Alcaraz’s penalty shot. At the hour mark, the visitors scored again when Theo Bongonda made a break for it and selflessly set up Chris Ramos to score his first goal for the team.

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Aitor Ruibal was sent off after swinging his elbow at Fali twice, leaving Betis with just nine players on the field. Previously, Vedat Muriqi scored twice, including a penalty in stoppage time, to help Real Mallorca escape Real Valladolid with a 3-3 tie.

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In a relegation match later on Sunday, Almeria visited Valencia, and third-placed Atletico Madrid traveled to nearby Rayo Vallecano for a Madrid derby. If Barcelona defeats Girona on Monday, they will increase their advantage to 15 points.

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