First Division - Day 30

Betis 1 - Barcelona 1

Betis: Prats; Tais, Lembo, Rivas, Luis Fernández; Ito (Arzu 80'), Benjamín; Joaquín, Alfonso (Tote 80'), Denilson (Fernando 75'); Dani. 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Víctor Valdés; Reiziger, Oleguer, Cocu, Van Bronckhorst; Xavi, Motta (Gerard 19'), Davids (Márquez 60'); Luis García (Rüstü 34'), Saviola, Iniesta. 4-3-3.

Team changes: Betis: Tais, Luis Fernández, Ito, Dani for Varela, Melli, Marcos Assunçao, Arzu / Barça: Van Bronckhorst, Iniesta for Gerard, Ronaldinho.

0-1. 06. Saviola. Following up after Prats saved his penalty kick.
1-1. 35. Alfonso (penalty). After Valdés pushed over Dani off the ball.

Match was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, and eventually played on 14th April.

A heavy rainstorm and a waterlogged pitch meant that the match between Betis and Barcelona had to be postponed with the players already on the field of play and the crowd waiting in the stands. The game finally took place on 14th April, with honours shared in a 1-1 draw. The result keeps the Catalans nine points behind the leaders and takes the home side further away from their objective of reaching the UEFA cup spots this season.

The visitors took the lead with only five minutes gone when referee Lizondo Cortés awarded a penalty for a foul by Lembo on Saviola, the Argentine forward scoring on the follow up after Prats had saved his penalty kick. Rivas thought he had equalised a few minutes later but his headed goal was ruled out by Lizondo, presumably for a foul on Matta, and Iniesta (replacing the suspended Ronaldinho) hit the foot of the post at the other end.

The turning point came though ten minutes before the break when Víctor Valdés was sent off for an off-the-ball incident with Dani, the Barça keeper pushing over the striker as he tried to remonstrate with Reiziger about a previous action in the penalty box. The referee gave a penalty to the home side which Alfonso fired past Rüstü, who had come on for Luis García to replace Valdés.

Lizondo turned down yet another penalty appeal when Reiziger handled in the area immediately after the restart, and Alfonso could have put the locals in front when Rüstü dropped the ball, Márquez clearing the striker's shot off the line. The Catalans could also have scored though when Prats saved well from Xavi and then Van Bronckhorst hit the post from a free kick with the keeper beaten. Barcelona ended the game with nine men when Gerard picked up a second booking in injury time, but there was no time for anything else.