Real Betis beat rivals Sevilla 5-3 on Saturday evening in one of the games of the season so far.
Betis scored five away goals at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán to end Sevilla’s phenomenal unbeaten home record in what was a thrilling derby encounter.
Fabián Ruiz gave Betis the lead within the opening minute, but Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder equalised soon after.
Betis re-established their advantage through Zouhair Feddal before Simon Kjaer equalised once again.
Riza Durmisi and Sergio León scored to put Betis firmly in control, but Sevilla’s Clément Lenglet pulled a goal back to make it 3-4.
In the final seconds, Cristian Tello’s strike ensured a famous win for Betis.
Unsavoury violence between opposition supporters in the build-up to the game demonstrated the fixture’s significance, and it was Betis who struck the first blow in this spectacular affair.
The hosts – who have not lost in their stadium since November 2016 – were behind in under 30 seconds when Betis midfielder Ruiz curled home a shot after neat build up play around Sevilla’s penalty area.
Sevilla hit back through Ben Yedder, who flicked in Sergio Escudero’s free kick beyond Betis goalkeeper Antonio Adán.
Betis proved to be a threat from set pieces themselves, as Feddal found space in the box to crash a header past Sergio Rico in the Sevilla goal.
The home team responded before the half-time interval. Danish defender Kjaer looped a smart header over Adán in what was turning out to be a La Liga classic.
In the second half, the away team took the lead once again through another Danish defender. This time, full-back Durmisi ghosted in at the far post to stab in the game’s fifth goal.
Betis forward León put his team in dreamland, scoring his side’s fourth when he deftly poked an effort in off the post after collecting substitute Tello’s through ball.
Sevilla were not finished, and centre-back Lenglet glanced a header past Adán to give his team hope of snatching a result with still over twenty minutes remaining.
But Betis weathered the home side’s storm, and following a migration of Sevilla players looking for a crucial goal, they made sure of the points when Tello raced clear to bury a finish under Rico and seal a victory Los Verdiblancos will remember for years to come.
The result of the eight-goal blockbuster means Sevilla – now led by new coach Vincenzo Montella – suffer a setback in their quest to catch fourth-placed Real Madrid.
For Betis, they continue to excite under boss Quique Setién, whose side has thrilled with incisive attacking football, and spilled with a leaky defence all season.