Getafe beat Spanish leaders Betis

Leaders Real Betis end their winning streak in Spain's Primera Division losing 1-0 at lowly Getafe.

    Despite the loss Real Betis remain top of the standings for another week [AFP]

    Getafe beat Spanish league leaders Real Betis 1-0 on Monday after Diego Castro's first-half goal secured the club's first win of the season.

    Betis had won all four of their previous games, and their first loss left them one win short of matching the best start in club history.

    But Getafe outplayed the visitors at Alfonso Perez stadium throughout, and Castro capped a counterattack in the 31st with his team's first goal in three games, which proved enough for the much-needed victory.

    "Diego Castro is a player that has it in him to do great things,'' Getafe coach Luis Garcia said.

    "He is very talented and gives us a lot of options. I congratulate my players for handling the pressure they were under.''

    Betis remain in first place with 12 points, one more than defending champions Barcelona, Levante and Sevilla.

    Real Madrid, Malaga and Valencia are next with 10.

    Over the weekend, Lionel Messi scored a hat trick to lead Barcelona to a 5-0 win over Atletico Madrid, while Cristiano Ronaldo also scored three as 10-man Madrid downed Rayo Vallecano 6-2.

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.