Joel Campbell gives Betis 3-2 win at Deportivo
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -Costa Rica forward Joel Campbell scored from long range to give Real Betis a 3-2 victory at Deportivo La Coruna in the Spanish league on Sunday.
Back-to-back wins for Betis lifted it into fourth place and the Champions League positions.
Ruben Castro put Betis in control with his seventh and eighth goals of the season in the 39th and 55th minutes, both coming from crosses by Ignacio "Nacho'' Perez.
Ivan "Riki'' Sanchez pulled Deportivo level with goals in the 56th and 61st, and Deportivo coach Jose Oltra sent on an extra striker for a defender in the 72nd, looking to complete the comeback.
But four minutes later, Campbell was given time to pick his spot before unleashing an unstoppable left-foot shot that landed just inside the far post to secure all three points.
Also, Espanyol ended a run of three straight league losses by drawing 0-0 at Granada in the first game for new Espanyol coach Javier Aguirre.
Granada, which is also in the relegation zone, created more chances at Los Carmenes stadium but Espanyol's defensive stance proved enough to take away a point.
"Any points we can earn are, at this moment, a good thing,'' Aguirre said. "We were better in defense than attack. The effort of my players was exemplary because they showed combativeness and team spirit.''
Aguirre took over from Mauricio Pochettino midweek. The former Mexico manager previously coached three Spanish clubs: Osasuna, Atletico Madrid, and Real Zaragoza.
Granada has only one win in its last seven matches and coach Juan Anquela was jeered by the home crowd in the final minutes.
Later Sunday, Levante is at Celta Vigo, and Mallorca hosts Zaragoza. Valladolid is at Sevilla on Monday.
On Saturday, leader Barcelona thrashed Athletic Bilbao 5-1 to set the best start in the history of the Spanish league with 13 wins and one draw.
Real Madrid beat second-place Atletico 2-0, Getafe edged out Malaga 1-0, and Valencia fired coach Mauricio Pellegrino after losing 5-2 to Real Sociedad.
Osasuna beat visiting Rayo Vallecano 1-0 on Friday.