First Division - Day 12

Betis 0 - Deportivo La Coruña 0

Betis: Contreras; Juanito, Lembo, Rivas, Luis Fernández; Arzu, Marcos Assunçao; Joaquín, Fernando (Palermo 58'), Ismael (Capi 77'); Dani (Benjamín 84'). 4-2-3-1.
Deportivo: Molina; Héctor, Andrade, César, Capdevila; Sergio, Mauro Silva; Víctor (Scaloni 57'), Munitis (Romero 81'), Fran (Valerón 63'); Pandiani. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Betis: Arzu, Joaquín for Ito, Denilson / Deportivo: César, Munitis, Fran, Pandiani for Naybet, Valerón, Luque, Diego Tristán.

Goals: None.

Leaders Deportivo were held to a 0-0 draw at Betis in the first match on Saturday evening. The intense rain in Sevilla left the pitch waterlogged and made playing conditions difficult, and there were very few scoring opportunities for either side. The Galicians lined up without the injured Diego Tristán and Luque, and with Valerón also nursing a knock, Munitis and Pandiani led the attack together for the first time. However they were unable to master the conditions, and only Víctor caused any problems for Contreras early on.

The locals had a golden opportunity to score however when Juanito fell in the area under a challenge from Capdevila and Molina midway through the first half. However the keeper made up for his mistake diving the right way to stop the kick from Fernando, who had not failed to score from the spot in eleven previous attempts.

The rain continued in to the second half, and with little excitement from either side, the managers decided to make changes. Scaloni and Valerón came on for Depor, and Víctor Fernández brought on Palermo for Fernando. Within minutes the Argentine striker had made his mark, sending over a spectacular overhead pass which Dani turned in to the net on the far post. However referee Megia Dávila ruled out the goal for dangerous play, much to the anger of the local fans.

Dani had to leave the pitch on a stretcher a few minutes later after he fainted in the goalmouth, reportedly due to an earlier blow on the head, and he was kept under observation overnight at the local hospital. But otherwise there no other events of note, and Depor lost top spot to Real Madrid on goal average the following day. Betis drop further down the table, and ended the weekend in a disappointing fourteenth place.