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Perfect Betis back on top, Roma frustrated

Published: Thursday 22 September 2011, 23.59CET
While Real Betis Balompié stormed to the top of the Spanish standings with their fourth straight victory, AS Roma remain without a win after being pegged back late on by AC Siena.
Perfect Betis back on top, Roma frustrated
Roque Santa Cruz celebrates scoring as Betis continued their perfect start ©Getty Images
Published: Thursday 22 September 2011, 23.59CET

Perfect Betis back on top, Roma frustrated

While Real Betis Balompié stormed to the top of the Spanish standings with their fourth straight victory, AS Roma remain without a win after being pegged back late on by AC Siena.

Real Betis Balompié became the only Spanish club to have won all four Liga matches this season with their 4-3 defeat of Real Zaragoza, RCD Espanyol left it late to beat Getafe CF and, in Italy, AS Roma were stunned by a late AC Siena equaliser.

Spain
Real Betis returned to the Liga summit in style as summer signing Roque Santa Cruz struck twice (7, 49) either side of penalties by Salva Sevilla (12) and Etxebarria Beñat (47) in Seville. However, the dismissal of Betis goalkeeper Espinosa Casto (69) prompted a fightback by visitors Zaragoza, for whom substitute Juan Carlos scored twice (77, 79), before the hosts held firm to go two points clear of Valencia CF.

Espanyol are six points off the lead, having left it late to earn their second success of the campaign. Walter Pandiani, in his second spell at the Barcelona club, found the net in added time to clinch a 1-0 home win and condemn Getafe CF to their third defeat in four outings.

Italy
Roma remain without a win in Serie A after being held to their second successive draw, this time at home to Siena. Luis Enrique looked to be on course for his first victory as Giallorossi coach after Pablo Osvaldo (25) put the hosts in front. However, after Roma had survived several close calls in the second half, Roberto Vitiello (88) popped up to silence the Stadio Olimpico. Like Siena and AC Milan, Enrique's charges have mustered two points from three matches.

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