Betis beat Alaves in La Liga thriller

Edgar Mendez of Deportivo Alaves celebrates after scoring their side's second goal during the La Liga Santander match between Real Betis and Deportivo Alavés at Estadio Benito Villamarin on March 08, 2021 in Seville, Spain.

Real Betis rallied from two goals down at home to defeat Alaves 3-2 in Spain's La Liga on Monday, staying in the fight for European qualification spots.

Betis' fourth victory in a row moved them within three points of fifth-placed Real Sociedad and six points behind fourth-placed Sevilla.

Joselu opened the scoring on 11 minutes and Edgar Mendez made it 2-0 for the visitors on 24 minutes.

But Betis got back into the game on the hour when Ruben Duarte brought down Nabil Fekir and striker Borja Iglesias converted the penalty.

Joaquin equalised nine minutes from time with a header and it seemed struggling Alaves would have to settle for a point.

But on 88 minutes Emerson fizzed a cross into the area and Iglesias met it with a bullet header to seal the win.

"I'm very happy to help the team," said Iglesias.

"I have a lot of confidence at the moment. We all believe in ourselves and that showed with the way we were able to come back into the game."

Betis visit rivals Sevilla in the Seville derby on Sunday.

It was the fourth straight loss for Alaves who remain second last in the 20-team standings, two points from safety, having only claimed victory once in their last 12 league games.

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