Real Betis Go Down, Deportivo Get Closer to Title

Published May 15th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Deportivo Coruna managed only a draw on Sunday but stayed three points clear of the nearest challenger Barcelona who stood at the top of the Spanish first division with just one match to come. 

Deportivo moved within touching steps to clinch the first league title in their 94-year history. 

Deportivo, who twice lost the title in the 1990s need a point at home to lift what would be a first Spanish title. 

At the other end of the table, Real Betis were relegated with a 2-0 home defeat by Champions League finalists Real Madrid, proving the final nail in their Primera Liga coffin. 

Goals from Brazilian Roberto Carlos after 36 minutes and rejuvenated Frenchman Nicolas Anelka after 67 minutes were enough to ensure that the Seville-based outfit join city neighbors Sevilla and once-mighty Atletico Madrid on the road to division two. 

It is a shock for Betis whose playing staff includes the likes of Nigerian Finidi George and Brazilian Denilson who was the most expensive transfer in history at the time of his move - (Several Sources) 


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