Predictably enough, this was a bit of a rout, especially in the first half when a full-strength Betis side tore into their English visitors, who were without several of their regulars. Rubén Castro opened the scoring after about two minutes and that pretty much set the tone. By the time Varney scored with the help of a deflection in the last minute, the shot count was something like 25-3 in Betis's favour. Maybe 10,000 were on hand to see the slaughter.
There aren't too many lessons to be drawn from a game like this, especially as eight changes were made at half time, but it's worth pointing out that Jefferson Montero was particularly effective, making the first goal, drawing a penalty for the second and scoring the third, while Ezequiel, whose place Montero has taken in the Betis starting line-up, seemed very fired up and scored a couple himself (one of which was due to an old-fashioned goalkeeping howler). Roque Santa Cruz replaced Jorge Molina after 58 minutes, but didn't prove anything except that he does indeed have two functioning legs. The two Betis players to play all 90 minutes were Antonio Amaya and Javier Matilla, who did a better imitation of Beñat (who has a slight injury) than he managed in pre-season.
The players now have 10 days to wait till the visit of Mallorca at lunchtime on Sunday, September 11th for the next game. The Benito Villamarín, however, will see action this coming weekend, when Sevilla Atlético (their B team) come to play Betis B in the derbi chico (on Sunday at 11am).
Betis: Casto (Goitia, m.45); Chica (Juanma, m.45), Amaya, Dorado (Ustaritz, m.45), Nacho (Isidoro, m. 45); Matilla, Iriney (Cañas, m.45), Salva Sevilla (Ezequiel, m.45); Rubén Castro (J. Pereira, m.45), Jorge Molina (Santa Cruz, m.58), Jefferson Montero (Momo, m.45).
Goals: 1-0 (m. 1): Rubén Castro. 2-0 (m. 17): Molina (pen). 3-0 (m. 26): Jefferson Montero. 4-0 (m. 67): Ezequiel. 5-0 (m. 78): Ezequiel. 5-1 (m. 89): Varney.