Madrid: Atletico Madrid picked up its first home league defeat of the season after going down 2-0 to 10-man Real Betis on Sunday to increase the pressure on coach Gregorio Manzano.
Alex Pozuelo scored in the 54th minute and substitute Roque Santa Cruz added a second in stoppage time to give Betis a second straight victory and boost its own beleaguered coach, Pepe Mel. Pozuelo was sent off in the 72nd.
"We've played worse (on Sunday) than other days and won 2-0. But I've got enough (problems) at Betis without worrying about Atletico," said Mel, whose team has just recovered from a 10-game winless slump in the league.