First Division - Day 32

Betis 1 - Espanyol 1

Betis: Prats; Tais, Juanito, Filipescu, Luis Fernández; Arzu (Ito 73'), Marcos Assunçao; Joaquín, Capi (Benjamín 55'), Fernando (Varela 80'); Dani. 4-2-3-1.
Espanyol: Toni; Marc Bertrán (Morales 50'), Torricelli, Jarque, Soldevilla, David García; Maxi, Domoraud, Alex Fernández, De la Peña (Velamazán 61'); Milosevic (Martín Posse 79'). 5-4-1.

Team changes: Betis: Tais, Filipescu, Dani for Varela, Rivas, Benjamín / Espanyol: Jarque, De la Peña for Lopo, Roger.

1-0. 34. Fernando. Beat keeper on far post after lofted Joaquín cross from right.
1-1. 87. Domoraud. Finished off after Posse cross headed back by Soldevilla.

Espanyol saved a point in a 1-1 draw at Betis thanks to a late equaliser from Domoraud and have now gone nine games without defeat. It was a game in which both sides cancelled each other out, and apart from an Alex Fernández effort in the fifth minute which Prats turned away for a corner, neither side had a shot on target in the first half hour. Assunçao eventually put Toni to the test with a free kick, and a few minutes later Betis took the lead, Fernando getting on the end of Joaquín's high cross to score on the far post.

Just before half time referee Turienzo Alvarez turned down appeals for a penalty when Jarque brought down Joaquín, and after the restart Toni made important saves from Joaquín and Dani. But with the game coming to an end Soldevilla headed back a cross from substitute Martín Posse, and there was Domoraud to turn the ball in to the net to make it all square. Betis felt they were hard done by, but they could even have lost it right at the end when Maxi broke free and Prats had to save the day. The Andalucians lost the chance to move back into sixth place, and although only a point away from the current incumbents Mallorca they are now tenth. Espanyol move three points clear of the drop zone, still not safe but well on their way.