La Liga: Real Betis condemn high-flying Villarreal to first defeat

A 1-0 loss meant meant Villarreal missed the chance to leapfrog Real Madrid into third place in the standings.

updated: September 30, 2013 08:58 IST
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Madrid: Villarreal suffered their first defeat since returning to the Spanish top-flight on Sunday as Nosa Igiebor's first-half goal handed Real Betis a 1-0 win.

The Nigerian midfielder pounced nine minutes before half-time to steer the ball home after Villarreal keeper Sergio Asenjo had parried Joan Verdu's effort.

Villarreal pressed for an equaliser after the break, but it was Betis who looked more likely to score again on the counter-attack and Asenjo did brilliantly to deny Verdu when he was played clean through on goal by Jorge Molina seven minutes from time.

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