Castro leads Real Betis to 2-0 win over Levante
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -Ruben Castro scored one goal and set up another to give Real Betis a 2-0 home win over Levante on Sunday as the Seville-based side provisionally rose into fourth place in the Spanish league.
Castro set up Joel Campbell to finish off a well-orchestrated counterattack sprung from a corner kick at the other end to put Betis in front in the seventh minute.
The striker added his own goal in the 63rd, firing a shot just inside the far post to seal the victory that lifted Betis to within three points of third-place Real Madrid.
"Ruben has been showing that he's a great goal scorer for a long time,'' Betis coach Pepe Mel said. "He doesn't need much to pull out of goal. He has scored 11 this season without needing one single penalty. I feel like a proud father.''
Also, 10-man Deportivo La Coruna earned a 1-1 draw at Real Sociedad that allowed the team to crawl out of last place.
Midfielder Alejandro Bergantinos stole the ball and set up Luis "Pizzi'' Afonso to give Deportivo the lead with a chipped shot in the 27th.
Carlos Vela curled in Sociedad's equalizer one minute before halftime, but the hosts failed to capitalize on the dismissal of Evaldo for a second yellow card in the 64th.
Deportivo's draw left Osasuna at the bottom of the standings. Sociedad stayed in ninth place.
Later, league leader Barcelona visits fourth-place Malaga, while second-place Atletico Madrid hosts Real Zaragoza.
On Saturday, Madrid drew 0-0 at Osasuna. Also, it was: Valladolid 3, Mallorca 1; Espanyol 1, Celta Vigo 0; and Valencia 2, Sevilla 0.
Rayo Vallecano won 2-1 at Athletic Bilbao on Friday. Getafe hosts Granada on Monday.