Real Betis Suffers 2-1 Loss Against Sporting Gijon but Holds on to Mid Table

Michael KohCorrespondent IIIMay 7, 2012

SEVILLE, SPAIN - MARCH 10:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF (R) duels for the ball with Nelson Augusto Tomar of Real Betis Balompie during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and Real Madrid CF at Estadio Benito Villamarin on March 10, 2012 in Seville, Spain.  Real Madrid won 2-3.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Real Betis returned to La Liga this season. They have managed to stay in mid table with 13 wins, seven draws, and 17 losses through 37 games. They've managed to win 46 points, with one game left in the league. Even if Betis were to lose against Barcelona in their next fixture, they would be able to survive the league, as they would be four points above relegation zone. 

Although Sporting Gijon currently lies in 19th place with 37 points, they managed to scrape a win against Real, but the win did little to help their quest to avoid relegation. 

Gijon opened the goal scoring from the penalty spot after Real Betis defender Antonio Amaya was cited for a hand ball in the 13th minute. Gaston Sangoy ensued to put the ball in the back of the net. 

Sangoy attempted an audacious overhead kick in the 39th minute but the shot missed the target, going wide. 

Betis leveled the match after Jorge Molina's goal in injury time. Midfielder Alejandro Pozuelo passed to Molina, who did the rest from close range. 

Betis came out strong in the second half, but nothing seemed to go in their favor. Salva Savilla tried a thundering long-range shot, but Gijon goalkeeper Juan Pablo was able to snuff it out. 

It was the hosts who took the lead next. Again it was Sangoy, who this time put the ball into the roof of the net in the 55th minute. Oscar Trejo provided the assist.

Betis tried to rally as Molina attempted two shots on goal, but it was the hosts who held on for what might be an insignificant win.

Although Betis lost due to a lack of creative passing, they have solidified their position in La Liga. They have been able to maintain their mid-table quality from their recent promotion from Liga Adelante and hopefully, they are getting ready for next season.