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La Liga: Granada 1 Real Betis 5

Real Betis climbed to sixth place in La Liga on Friday thanks to a 5-1 thumping of relegation battlers Granada.

Three goals in four first-half minutes – two of them from striker Ruben Castro – had the visitors cruising at Granada’s Estadio Los Carmenes.

Castro opened the scoring in the 30th minute after latching onto Alvaro Vadillo’s pass and firing a low shot past Tono in the Granada goal, and he was on hand to score the second two minutes later.

Dorlan Pabon’s thunderous shot came down off the crossbar and Castro thumped the ball into the net.

It was 3-0 moments later when Paulao headed off Tono’s crossbar and the ball unfortunately came off defender Inigo Lopez for an own goal.

Pabon added the fourth eight minutes into the second half, but Granada pulled a goal back on 72 minutes through Carlos Aranda.

There was more bad news to come for the hosts, however, with defender Guillherme Siqueira sent off for a second bookable offence, and Angel Lopez completed the rout five minutes from the end.

The result lifted Betis above Valencia into sixth place in the race for European football next season, while Granada are in 16th position – just four points clear of the relegation zone.

Fri 5 April, 2013
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