MADRID (AP) – Getafe beat Spanish league leader Real Betis 1-0 on Monday after Diego Castro's first-half goal secured the club's first win of the season.
Betis had won all four of its previous games, and its first loss left it one win short of matching the best start in club history.
But Getafe outplayed the visitors at Alfonso Perez stadium throughout, and Castro capped a counterattack in the 31st with his team's first goal in three games, which proved enough for the much-needed victory.
''Diego Castro is a player that has it in him to do great things,'' Getafe coach Luis Garcia said. ''He is very talented and gives us a lot of options. I congratulate my players for handling the pressure they were under.''
Betis remained in first place with 12 points, one more than defending champion Barcelona, Levante and Sevilla.
Real Madrid, Malaga and Valencia are next with 10.