BRIGHTON &HA 1 REAL BETIS 3
Brighton & Hove Albion’s tour of Spain ended in a 3-1 defeat as Real Betis produced a slick and ruthless display to come from behind in the Pinatar Arena.
Craig Mackail-Smith had given Sami Hyypia’s men an early advantage but Betis fought back in impressive fashion to inflict a first defeat on Albion in pre-season.
After just 11 minutes Mackail-Smith calmly fired the Seagulls ahead with his third goal in pre-season.
Javier Matilla broke through for Betis and although his run was ended by Vitalijs Maksimenko the ball fell kindly for Ruben Castro to sweep home on the interval.
Dani Pacheco went close to a second for Betis within two minutes of the restart, deflecting his effort just wide but just two more minutes later Jorge Casado’s diving header put Real ahead.
Albion had the post to thank while Walton was on full alert to save Sergio Rodriguez’s rebound as Betis continued to look threatening.
Rodriguez was not to be denied though and on 76 minutes the Betis an capitalised on a defensive error, striking in off the post to give Walton no chance.
A Rohan Ince half volley almost brought the Seagulls back into the game but Dani Gimenez was equal to the midfielder’s effort while Walton showed his qualities as he tipped over Bruno Gonzalez’s late header.
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