THERE was pain in Spain tonight as a depleted Pompey side were hammered 5-1 by Real Betis in their friendly encounter in Seville.
With a string of first-teamers unavailable or away on international duty, Blues boss Steve Cotterill was forced to call upon some of Pompey’s academy starlets.
Young guns Lewis Stockford and Lewis Tallack both started the clash, while Sam Magri and Adam Webster also appeared as second-half substitutes.
And La Liga side Betis took full advantage, sweeping into a three-goal lead by half-time.
Further strikes after the break took the Spanish side’s tally to five, before Luke Varney gave Pompey’s travelling support something to cheer with his last minute goal.