Real Betis climbs to the top of La Liga with a 2-0 victory over Valencia


Real Betis briefly climbed to the top of La Liga with a 2-0 victory over Valencia on Saturday, with both Barcelona and Real Madrid playing on Sunday.

Former Valencia player Sergio Canales opened the scoring for Manuel Pellegrini’s Betis in the 19th minute, with Cristian Tello bagging the second in the 74th, both goals aided by the decisive passes of tireless 39-year-old Joaquin.

Atletico Madrid could only manage a goalless draw with Villarreal, who were leapfrogged into second on goal difference by Real Sociedad, 3-0 winners over Getafe.

Mikel Oiarzabal opened the scoring for Real Sociedad with a 28th-minute penalty, before Mikel Merino and Portuguese midfielder Portu each scored a quick goal with 10 minutes to play.

Real Madrid travels to Levante and Barcelona host Sevilla, knowing that the head of the table will change depending on the result.

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