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2017/2018 Spanish Primera División
  • Riza Durmisi (24')
  • Fabián Ruiz (73')
  • Youssef En-Nesyri (20')

Real Betis secure Europa League spot thanks to Fabian's winner against Malaga

Fabian scored a worthy winner as Real Betis guaranteed Europa League football next season by coming from behind to beat relegated Malaga.
Three points ensured Quique Setien's upwardly mobile side would be involved in continental competition next term but they were not handed an easy ride by the Primera Division's bottom club, who took the lead after 20
minutes when Yussef En-Nesyri breached the defensive line and fired home a powerful shot.
The shock lead lasted a paltry four minutes, though, Malaga captain Roberto Rosales gift-wrapping Riza Durmisi the equaliser with a moment of madness in his own box.
The sides could not be prised apart for more than 40 minutes after that, until Fabian seized his moment.
Accepting the ball 25 yards from goal he took three touches, worked a gap between two defenders and rifled low into the bottom corner.
There is still a slim chance of Betis leapfrogging Valencia for the final Champions League place, but they need an eight-point swing in the last three matches of the season.

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 12 +16 24
2 Sevilla FC 12 +10 23
3 Atletico Madrid 12 +8 23
4 Alavés 12 +5 23
5 Espanyol 12 +6 21
6 Real Madrid 12 +4 20
7 Real Valladolid 12 0 17
8 Levante 12 -1 17
9 Girona 12 -1 17
10 Real Sociedad 12 +1 16
11 Getafe 12 +1 16
12 Real Betis 12 -3 16
13 Eibar 12 -6 15
14 Celta Vigo 12 +2 14
15 Valencia 12 -1 14
16 Villarreal 12 -2 11
17 Athletic Bilbao 12 -6 10
18 Leganes 12 -7 10
19 Rayo Vallecano 12 -11 7
20 Huesca 12 -15 6