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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 Atletico Madrid 31 +37 70
2 Real Madrid 31 +29 67
3 Barcelona 30 +43 65
4 Sevilla FC 31 +21 64
5 Villarreal 31 +14 49
6 Real Betis 31 -3 48
7 Real Sociedad 31 +15 47
8 Granada 30 -14 39
9 Levante 31 -6 38
10 Celta Vigo 31 -7 38
11 Athletic Bilbao 30 +6 37
12 Osasuna 31 -9 37
13 Cádiz 31 -18 36
14 Valencia 31 -5 35
15 Getafe 31 -12 31
16 Alavés 31 -22 27
17 Huesca 31 -15 27
18 Real Valladolid 30 -14 27
19 Elche 31 -21 26
20 Eibar 31 -19 23