Ref stops play
Referee Fernández Marín brought the teams off after play had twice been stopped by a break in the electricity supply to the ground. Stadium officials were unable to guarantee that there would be no further delays to a match which had kicked off 20 minutes late because of an initial floodlight failure and which Betis led 1-0 through a Capi goal.
Meanwhile, FC Barcelona put their midweek cup defeat by lowly Novelda CF behind them to prevail 2-0 in a tough-looking away fixture at Athletic Club Bilbao. Luis Enrique gave the Catalans a 21st-minute lead which Argentinian livewire Javier Saviola doubled 14 minutes later.
Carew at the double
Champions Valencia CF made it two wins out of two with a 3-0 defeat of newly promoted RC Recreativo de Huelva at the Mestalla stadium. Vicente Rodríguez struck first on 10 minutes before Norwegian international John Carew gave the scoreline a more emphatic look with two goals in the last three minutes.
Veteran striker Julio César Dely Valdés went from villain to hero as Málaga CF came from behind to win 2-1 at home to Rayo Vallecano.
The Panamanian made amends for an earlier penalty miss when his 54th-minute effort heralded his team's second-half fighback. Kizito Musampa then sealed the win three minutes later against a Rayo side who had been flattered by Elvir Bolic's first-half goal.
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