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Diego Lainez records first La Liga start in Real Betis defeat

Frosinone Calcio v Real Betis - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images

Diego Lainez made his first La Liga start for Real Betis as Quique Setien’s men fell 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao, in action of Week 21 of the Spanish Primera División.

Lainez made the surprise start as a forward in a 3-5-2 formation before being subbed off for fellow Mexican Andres Guardado in the 75th minute.

Despite controlling possession early in the game, Real Betis were unlucky to go down in the scoreline midway through the first period when a giveaway in their own half led to Iker Muniain slotting home the 1-0.

Nonetheless, Lainez looked active for the “Verdiblancos” and even had a shot saved in the 35th minute.

Late in the second half, Betis were given a lifeline when Oscar de Marcos was sent off for a tackle on Sidnei. However, at the end they were unable to find the equalizer, as they went on to suffer their eighth defeat of the season

Next for Lainez and Guardado is a midweek Copa del Rey match against Espanyol, in a tie in which they are leveled 1-1 on aggregate heading into the Second Leg.