First Division - Day 14

Betis 1 - Real Murcia 1

Betis: Contreras; Juanito (Ismael 46'), Lembo, Rivas, Luis Fernández; Arzu, Ito; Joaquín, Fernando (Varela 52'), Capi; Dani (Tote 75'). 4-2-3-1.
Real Murcia: Juanmi; Juanma, Loeschbor (Pedro Largo 65'), Roteta, Clavero; Cuadrado; Luis García, Richi, Michel, Fredi (Julio Alvarez 61'); Esnaider (Jensen 45'). 4-1-4-1.

Team changes: Betis: Capi, Dani for Ismael, Palermo / Murcia: Cuadrado for Acciari.

1-0. 48. Ismael. Chested down cross from Joaquín and shot into top corner.
1-1. 91. Luis García (penalty). After Rivas pushed over Juanma in area.

Betis threw away another good opportunity to get a win under their belts when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Murcia, and they ended the weekend only two points above the relegation spots. The Andalucians looked to be on their way when Roteta was sent off in only the second minute of the game for a foul on Dani, and Joaquín crashed the resulting free kick against the bar. But Peiró pulled back Cuadrado into the back four, and the defence held firm until the break.

Numbers were evened up in the second minute of the second half when Luis Fernández was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence, but what Betis were unable to do with eleven men they achieved with ten, Joaquín producing a superb run down the right wing to cross in for Ismael to open the scoring. Juanmi saved well from Joaquín as the hosts came looking for the win, but Lembo had to clear off the line from Luis García with Contreras beaten, and the on-loan Real Madrid youngster went close again when he shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

Time was running out though for the visitors when Juanma made one last desperate burst into the area, and his prayers when answered when Rivas barged into him. Referee Téllez Sánchez had no doubt pointing at the spot, and Luis García struck home the equaliser. Betis had failed to win for the sixth game in a row, and manager Víctor Fernández is under pressure to get a couple of results soon or he will be on his way. Murcia stay down in nieteenth place, but at least they saved face.