The Spanish FA's Competition Committee have imposed a two match stadium ban on Real Betis as punishment for the bottle-throwing incident which caused their home game against Athletic Bilbao to be abandoned last Saturday.
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Betis can count on a solid defence and have yet to concede at home, whilst the pragmatic approach of Real Madrid that includes Diarra and Emerson in midfield should ensure a low scoring game. Neither side, however, can afford to settle for a draw.
Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti told a press conference this afternoon that Ricardo Oliveira from Real Betis is the only player that Milan will be signing before the transfer window closes tomorrow. The 26 year old Brazilian is expected to join the ‘Rossoneri’ in a deal that could earn the Seville club 17.5 million euros and may include Johann Vogel moving in the opposite direction.
Opening day win for Valencia
In the only game of the day a fairly uneventful first half that had the feel of a pre-season friendly was brought to life with a superb 33rd min strike from Morientes to put Valencia into the lead.
The opening game of the Spanish football season and the only game of the day has been given added spice by the ongoing transfer saga of Joaquin from Betis to Valencia as a fascinating, if slightly bizarre backdrop.
In their fist season back in the primera liga, Celta Vigo pulled off one of the shocks of the season in finishing 6th. Fernando Vazquez deserves much of the credit for a very well organised and disciplined squad that turned the Balaidos into a fortress. Celta won 19 home games last season, a record only bettered by champions Barcelona.