Real Betis vs. Valencia  1 - 0

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Pellegrino seeks improvement

28 October 2012 04:22

Valencia coach Mauricio Pellegrino says his side have plenty to work on after they lost 1-0 at Real Betis in La Liga on Saturday.

A ninth-minute goal from Betis midfielder Salva Sevilla settled the match as Valencia's travel woes continued, with the 2003/2004 Spanish champions winless in their past 10 league games away from home – a run stretching back to March 3.

Despite two wins from three in the UEFA Champions League, Pellegrino's side have only managed three victories from nine in the league.

"The first half Betis were better than us and in the second we were the better side," he said.

"They scored and we didn't but we have to learn from the first half because we need to improve a lot and we need look for the things we want.

"We have had a lot of ups and downs. We will work as a team because that's all I want as a coach.

"We couldn't get a big gap with good results. We need to keep working to improve. Little by little we look at the bad things we do.

"I believe in the squad but I wasn't happy with the way we played in the first half."

Pellegrino says the team must now regroup and look ahead to their upcoming fixtures, starting with a meeting with Llagostera in the Copa del Rey.

"We need to think about the next match and we ignore the gap in points with our rivals," the 41-year-old said.

"Our start of season hasn't been good but next Tuesday we have another match and we don't have time to think about today's result."

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La Liga wrap: Barcelona rout Rayo

28 October 2012 00:38

League leaders Barcelona maintained their unbeaten start to the season after they dispatched Rayo Vallecano 5-0 on Saturday.

David Villa opened the scoring in the 20th minute with a cool finish, but despite intermittent threat from the home side, Lionel Messi surged Barcelona further ahead with a thumping effort three minutes into the second half - his 300th senior goal for club and country.

Xavi ended the game as a contest when he struck his 50th La Liga goal in the 79th minute before Cesc Fabregas added the visitors' fourth goal almost immediately after.

And Messi sealed matters with his second a minute before time; taking his tally to 17 in 14 competitive Barcelona matches this season and 73 in all competitions this calendar year.

Barcelona have now won eight of their opening nine games, and sit three points clear of Atletico Madrid, who square off against Osasuna on Sunday, while Rayo remain in 13th place on 10 points.

At the Estadio Benito Villamarin, Real Betis moved fourth temporarily following their 1-0 victory over Valencia.

Valencia, who prevailed in the UEFA Champions League midweek against BATE Borisov, were aiming to end their winless run away from home.

But a ninth-minute goal strike from midfielder Salva Sevilla proved too hot to handle for goalkeeper Diego Alves and condemned Valencia to a fourth away defeat.

Roberto Soldado, who bagged a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over BATE, had a chance during the closing stages to salvage a point for the visitors but he couldn't find a way past Adrian.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Juan Dominguez cancelled out Mario Bermejo's earlier goal as Deportivo La Coruna claimed a point at Celta Vigo, while high-flying Malaga played out a goalless draw with struggling Espanyol.

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +75 100
2 38 +61 85
3 38 +34 76
4 38 +21 66
5 38 +13 65
6 38 +3 57
7 38 +1 56
8 38 -16 53
9 38 +4 50
10 38 -14 47
11 38 -17 46
12 38 -21 45
13 38 -9 44
14 38 -9 43
15 38 -17 42
16 38 -17 39
17 38 -15 37
18 38 -29 36
19 38 -23 35
20 38 -25 34