Real Betis Balompié’s title hopes took a knock as they were held to a 0-0 draw in Saturday’s Seville derby.
Sevilla FC earned a moral victory as they held out for a point despite having Gerardo Torrado dismissed for a second yellow card after 54 minutes and restricted the home side to long-range shots. Benjamin Zarandona forced Sevilla goalkeeper Antonio Notario into an acrobatic save after just 30 seconds and the goalkeeper was called into action again to deny Dani’s shot two minutes before half-time.
Capi hits the bar
The home side missed a superb opportunity to score after 69 minutes as Capi gathered the ball with Notario stranded outside his area, but the midfield player blasted his shot against the crossbar. Betis were almost made to pay for their error when Nico Oliviera found himself in space in added time but with just goalkeeper Antoni Prats to beat, he put his shot well wide.
No goals for Rayo
Elsewhere, Rayo Vallecano remain deep in relegation trouble after their goalless draw at Málaga CF. Rayo, 2-1 winners against Valencia CF last week, were poor in the first half against Málaga but had the better chances after the break and almost grabbed victory as Pedro Contreras tipped over a fine left-foot strike from Vivar Dorado on 85 minutes. Rayo played the last three minutes with ten men as French defender Jean-François Hernandez was sent off for a second booking and they had to settle for a draw that left them in 18th place, just a point off the bottom.
Stalemate in Las Palmas
UD Las Palmas, a place ahead of Rayo on goal difference, failed to score against Villarreal CF in Saturday’s late game, but the visitors also failed to break the deadlock at the Insular stadium and the game ended with a 0-0 draw.
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