Betis moved above their city rivals to go top by a point after a narrow one goal victory at Racing Ferrol. Amato got the goal in the fifth minute. Tenerife went second on goal average ahead of Sevilla with a 3-0 win against relegation candidates Getafe. All three goals came in the second half, with two from Mista and a third from the league's joint top scorer Luis García. He now has eleven goals, level with Atlético Madrid's Salva, who scored from the penalty spot in his team's 5-0 hammering of Jaén. Njegus got the first and the last against the Andalucians, who ended the game with nine players.
Fourth placed Salamanca kept in touch with the leaders and sank Lleida even further with a 2-0 victory. Lleida, who's manager resigned midweek, are now joint bottom with Universidad Las Palmas, who drew 2-2 against Levante. Salamanca are four points behind the top three and four ahead of Recreativo, who beat Córdoba 1-3. Sporting go sixth after winning 1-2 at Extremadura, new signing Manel getting the winner. Elsewhere, Murcia came from two down in the last three minutes to draw 2-2 with Leganés, Badajoz beat struggling Compostela 2-1 and Eibar and Albacete drew 0-0. (11.02.01)
Leaders Sevilla were held surprisingly to a 1-1 draw at home against Elche. One of the visitors new signings Parri opened the scoring, but after Olivera had seen his penalty saved by Iñaki, he made up for it later on with the equaliser. (10.02.01)