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11 Feb 2006
Deportivo bounced back after a series of bad results that culminated with a defeat against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey. Ruben was the hero of the night as he broke a firm deadlock in the dying minutes of the match, bringing Depor closer to Europe and Betis closer to the Segunda.

There was much speculation surrounding the lineup Serra Ferrer would present against Deportivo, due to the absences of Rivera and Varela. Finally, Betis' coach decided to use both Oscar Lopez and Tardelli as starters, while Assuncao was left on the bench.

At Deportivo there were only minor problems for Caparros, not counting Valeron's long term absence. Only Coloccini missed the match due to suspension, but his place was well covered by Juanma, while Andrade returned to the lineup after an injury. But Depor's coach is still looking for a successful formula to replace the Canarian's absence and this time he decided to use De Guzman along Duscher in the midfield and Romero on the left, giving Munitis the task to support Diego Tristan up front.

Lorenzo Serra Ferrer no doubt insisted during the week on the mental aspects of the game, following the four goals Betis conceded against Zaragoza in only few minutes. The consequence was a very cautious and rigid Betis, trying to score a goal against a defensive Deportivo. But Romero and Capdevila had a firm grip on Betis' engine, Joaquin, while Munitis and Tristan found themselved isolated among the green-white defense. The Sevillans still produced an opportunity that forced De Guzman to clear the ball off the line, but their offensive power decreased with time.

It was Deportivo's turn to try to score a goal, and Victor came close on the half-hour, when his shot bounced off the post, with Doblas beaten. The half ended on a low note for Betis, when captain Capi had to leave the pitch injured. Assuncao replaced him, making a comeback after a month of absence and playing his 100th match in Betis' shirt.

After the break, Betis returned very determined to score a goal, but the lack of creative plays was obvious in Serra Ferrer's team. Only Dani threatened Molina's goal during the first fifteen minutes. Meanwhile, Depor failed to take advantage of Betis' inability to attack and seemed to be content with a draw.

But with Depor's defense starting to crack under pressure, Caparros reacted and sent Arizmendi and Ruben to replace the fatigued Tristan and Munitis. Then, in the last minutes of the match, both teams had their chances to score, but it was finally Ruben who had an excellent finish after a cross from Romero.

Deportivo proved again that they are much more comfortable playing away from the Riazor, speculating on counterattacks. This win, while not enough to enter the European spots, places them only two points away. Betis on the other hand are going the opposite way, as they are again close to the relegation.

Betis: Doblas; Oscar L??pez, Juanito, Melli, Luis Fern??ndez; Joaqu?­n, Arzu, Capi (Assuncao, m.39), Tardelli (Xisco, m.84); Dani and Robert.
Deportivo: Molina; Manuel Pablo, Andrade, Juanma, Capdevila; V?­ctor, Duscher, De Guzm??n (C?©sar, m.88), Romero; Munitis (Rub?©n, m.78) and Diego Trist??n (Arizmendi, m.64).
Goals: 0-1, m.93: Rub?©n.
Referee: Pino Zamorano (Castellano-Manchego). Showed yellow cards to Luis Fern??ndez (m.09) and Doblas (m.18) from Betis and to De Guzm??n (m.16), Manuel Pablo (m.75), Munitis (m.76) and Andrade (m.84) for Deportivo.   
Venue: Ruiz de Lopera (35,000)

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