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Betis fight back to rescue point against Depor

Reuters, MADRID

Real Betis Balompie’s Jorge Molina, left, heads for the ball under pressure from RC Deportivo de La Coruna’s Kaka in their La Liga match at the Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville, Spain, on Monday.

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Real Betis Balompie suffered a setback in their bid to qualify for Europe when they had to come from a goal down to rescue a 1-1 draw at home to La Liga strugglers RC Deportivo de La Coruna on Monday.

Depor forward Riki galloped through to open the scoring in the seventh minute at Betis’ Estadio Benito Villamarin in Seville, before Jorge Molina leveled for the home side four minutes after halftime.

The result left Betis in seventh on 49 points, four adrift of sixth-placed Valencia, while Depor are 17th, one above the relegation places.

The fifth and sixth-placed teams automatically qualify for the Europa League, Europe’s second-tier club competition.

Betis last took part in continental competition in 2005-2006 when they finished third in their UEFA Champions League group behind English sides Liverpool and Chelsea.

They are one of many Spanish clubs to have suffered severe financial problems after years of living beyond their means and were relegated in 2008-2009, before winning promotion back to the top flight two years later.

Depor have fallen on hard times since their league triumph in 1999-2000 and a thrilling run to the last four of the Champions League four years later.

The Galician club were relegated for the first time in two decades at the end of the 2010-2011 season, but they came straight back up by winning the second division last season.

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