Las Palmas start the fightback (1-0)

UD Las Palmas rounded off their best week this season, with victory over Betis, qualification for the last 16 of the Spanish Cup, and the point gained at Real Sociedad.

It was the first match for stand-in trainer Paquito Ortiz and the return of ex-trainer Quique Setién, and a match notched up on many people's calendar. UD Las Palmas and Real Betis both came into this clash with dramatic situations. The yellows were not doing too well in the league, while Betis had been knocked out of the Cup by lower league opposition. The first chance of the game fell to Las Palmas, with a shot by Remy that Adán turned behind for a corner (min. 8). Setién's side were happy to sit back. Las Palmas were as patient as they could be in search of that telling pass.

Betis did have possession, but were slow moving forward. On the 20 minute mark, a pass into space by Tana onto Calleri was taken full advantage of by the Argentinian forward to put his side ahead 1-0 (min. 19). Las Palmas began to take control, slowed the game down, and suddenly felt fully confident and to dominate the away team.

Las Palmas began to find their natural game, they didn't rush things and they also defended better. Betis hardly threatened the home goal defended by Raúl Lizoain in the whole of the first half.

In the second half, Betis stepped up a gear and in the 51st minute Joaquín hit the post with Raúl Lizoain managing to get a hand to it on the way. Las Palmas were now finding it harder to move forward with the ball, which was quite logical, as the team from Seville began pushing forward much more. The game became an end to end encounter, in which anything could happen.

Las Palmas then transformed their play and began surging forward. Remy had two great chances, then Jonathan Viera also had one, but away goalkeeper Adán kept them all out. The yellows were showing improvement in certain aspects which they had previously been struggling with and managed an important victory tonight.