Espanyol scores 2 late goals to beat Betis in Spanish league

MADRID (AP) " Espanyol scored two late goals to earn a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Real Betis in the Spanish league on Friday.

Ruben Castro gave the visitors the lead by converting a 78th-minute penalty kick, but Javi Fuego equalized in the 87th and Jose Antonio Reyes netted a 90th-minute winner with a superb shot into the upper corner.

"I hit that shot with my soul," Reyes said. "You have to hit it with your soul."

The result moved Espanyol to eighth place in the standings, in position to fight for a Europa League spot next season.

Betis stayed 13th, 10 above the relegation zone.

"It's bad luck," Betis captain Joaquin Sanchez Rodriguez said. "We deserved at least a point after the match that we played."

Real Madrid has a two-point lead over defending champion Barcelona. Madrid hosts Alaves on Sunday, while Barcelona plays at Granada the same day.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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