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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 19 +33 43
2 Atletico Madrid 19 +14 38
3 Sevilla FC 19 +11 33
4 Real Madrid 19 +4 33
5 Alavés 19 +3 32
6 Getafe 19 +5 28
7 Real Betis 19 -1 26
8 Real Sociedad 19 +1 25
9 Girona 19 -2 24
10 Espanyol 19 -6 24
11 Valencia 19 0 23
12 Levante 19 -5 23
13 Leganes 19 -4 22
14 Real Valladolid 19 -4 22
15 Athletic Bilbao 19 -5 22
16 Eibar 19 -7 22
17 Celta Vigo 19 -1 21
18 Rayo Vallecano 19 -12 19
19 Villarreal 19 -5 17
20 Huesca 19 -19 11