First Division - Day 24

Las Palmas 0 - Betis 0

Las Palmas: Nacho González; Edu Alonso (Socorro 79'), Sarasúa, Josico, Paqui; Samways, Jayo; Carmelo, Jorge (Jaime Quesada 48'), Pablo Lago; Sequeiros (Tevenet 60'). 4-2-3-1.
Betis: Prats; Tais (Varela 75'), Juanito, Rivas, Luis Fernández; Ito, Benjamín (Calado 65'); Joaquín, Capi, Denilson; Dani (Cañas 78'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Las Palmas: Jayo, Carmelo, Sequeiros for Angel, Schurrer, Orlando / Betis: Luis Fernández, Dani for Mingo, Amato.

Goals: None.

Betis kept themselves in the running for a European spot with a 0-0 draw at Las Palmas in the last game of the day. A pre-match injury to Amato together with long term injuries to Casas and Joao Tomás meant that Juande Ramos had no first team strikers available, and B team youngster Dani started the match up front. Las Palmas were missing three suspended players, and they too had to cobble together a makeshift forward line, with Sequeiros getting an opportunity. The match started at a frenetic pace, with Betis aware that some of their direct rivals for the European spots had slipped up earlier in the day. With Joaquín once again in tip-top form they bore down on Nacho González's goal, and Sarasua had to clear a shot from the young winger off his line early on. The Canary Islanders were quick on the break though, and Prats had to come out of his area to clear with Sequeiros in hot pursuit of a long ball.

Gradually though the defences got the better of their counterparts, and the season's leading two keepers cleaned up whenever a forward or two got through. Both Dani and Sequeiros did their best, but neither managed to convert their chances, and the two managers tried other options nearer the end without much success. The negative side of the game from the Las Palmas point of view was a bust up between the volatile Vinny Samways and Pablo Lago, with the English midfielder insulting his team-mate and the two almost coming to blows on the pitch. They drop a place to thirteenth, but once again they keep clocking up the points and seem to be heading for another season at least in the top flight. Betis drop out of the top six to seventh, having not won away now since late November. They are however still in the running for a European spot, and hope to have at least one of their forwards fit for next Sunday's game against Athletic Bilbao.