Young Real Betis midfielder Loren Moron scored his third goal in what was just his second appearance for Los Verdiblancos to help his side to a 1-0 win at the Riazor against Deportivo La Coruna, who had new manager Clarence Seedorf in charge for the first time.
The win sees Betis climb to eighth place, two points behind Eibar and now just three behind fierce rivals Sevilla in sixth whilst Depor stay 19th, three points from safety.
Betis almost scored inside the opening ten minutes when Joaquin cut inside and shot on goal but his strike was kept out by Ruben Martinez in the home goal.
The hosts were next to go close in what was a fairly entertaining start. Zakaria Bakkali picked up the ball on the left and stepped inside to bend a shot towards goal and he came agonisingly close with the ball hitting the outside of the right hand post with Antonio Adan comprehensively beaten.
Marc Bartra found himself in different territory on the edge of the box and it showed as he dragged his shot well wide after a one-two with Ryad Boudebouz.
Luisinho then had his shot kept out by Adan although he spilled it and the ball had to be whacked clear to safety by Joaquin.
The goal came ten minutes after half time when Loren Moron, who made his debut against Villarreal last week, got on the end of a cross from fellow youngster Junior Firpo and knocked it beyond Martinez.
Depor attacked the away defence time and time again after that and nearly scored when Florin Andone hit the post from a tight angle with Celso Borges and Andone again going close in stoppage time but they couldn’t find a way through and Betis collected the three points.
Deportivo La Coruna: Martinez; Juanfran, Boveda, Albentosa, Luisinho; Valverde (Borges, 18), Krohn-Dehli (Mosquera, 77); Perez, Adrian, Bakkali (Cartabia, 61); Andone
Real Betis: Adan; Guerrero, Mandi, Bartra, Amat, Firpo; Joaquin, Guardado (Garcia, 83), Fabian; Boudebouz (Tello, 64), Loren (Leon, 75)