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Bilbao, Betis split points

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

SEVILLE, Spain - Athletic Bilbao drew 1-1 at Real Betis yesterday to end a three-game losing streak in the Spanish La Liga.

Betis striker Ruben Castro opened the scoring in the second minute from the penalty spot after goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz rashly fouled Salva Sevilla disputing a ball on the edge of the area.

Betis continued to dominate the opening stages of the match at Benito Villamarin stadium until Aritz Aduriz deftly scooped Ander Herrera's through pass over goalkeeper Adrian San Miguel to level in the 41st.

Bilbao created more chances the rest of the way, with Adrian making several saves to secure a point for the hosts.

"We found ourselves a goal behind practically from the start, and that changed our plans," Aduriz said.

"But we knew how to react and managed to pull even. I think we did enough to get the win, but the ball didn't want to go in."

Aduriz and Castro have both scored 12 goals through 20 rounds this season, placing them joint fourth on the league's leading scorers list.

Betis strengthened their hold on fourth place and Spain's last Champions League spot.


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