Le­ganes close in on sur­vival

New Straits Times - - Sport -

BARCELONA: Tiny Le­ganes moved to the brink of safety in their first sea­son in La Liga by thrash­ing Real Betis 4-0 helped by a sen­sa­tional goal from 50 me­tres by Brazil­ian Gabriel Pires on Mon­day.

Cap­tain Alexan­der Szy­manowski put the min­nows from Madrid ahead in the sev­enth minute with a penalty be­fore Na­bil El Zhar ce­mented their lead against strug­gling Betis by pounc­ing on a for­tu­itous bounce to score in the 15th.

Pires had most of the 11,000 ca­pac­ity Bu­tar­que crowd on their feet with his en­ter­pris­ing strike in the 65th, win­ning pos­ses­sion around the half­way line and lob­bing stranded Betis keeper An­to­nio Adan to score one of the goals of the sea­son.

Ar­gen­tine Szy­manowski then slammed in the fourth with 10 min­utes left, putting an ex­tra shine on a win that took Le­ganes up to 16th in the ta­ble on 33 points, four be­hind Betis in 15th.

The win re­stored Le­ganes’ six­point lead over Sport­ing Gi­jon, who oc­cupy the fi­nal rel­e­ga­tion spot, with two games re­main­ing, mean­ing a point against Ath­letic Bil­bao or Alaves will guar­an­tee their top-flight sta­tus, while they will also stay up if Sport­ing fail to win their last two games. Reuters

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