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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 28 +46 66
2 Atletico Madrid 28 +20 56
3 Real Madrid 28 +17 54
4 Getafe 28 +12 46
5 Alavés 28 0 44
6 Sevilla FC 28 +11 43
7 Valencia 28 +7 40
8 Real Betis 28 -4 39
9 Athletic Bilbao 28 -3 37
10 Real Sociedad 28 0 36
11 Eibar 28 -2 35
12 Girona 28 -6 34
13 Espanyol 28 -9 34
14 Leganes 28 -7 33
15 Levante 28 -11 31
16 Real Valladolid 28 -16 29
17 Villarreal 28 -4 29
18 Celta Vigo 28 -11 25
19 Rayo Vallecano 28 -21 23
20 Huesca 28 -19 22