|First Division - Day 3|
Betis 0 - Sevilla 0
Betis: Casto; Nelson,
Arzu, Juanito, Fernando Vega; Mehmet Aurelio; Sergio García,
Emaná, Capi (Rivera 67'), Mark González (Melli 89'); Pavone
(José Marí 72'). 4-1-4-1.
Team changes: Betis: Mehmet Aurelio for Melli / Sevilla: Mosquera, Escudé, Adriano, Duscher, Romaric, Acosta, Luis Fabiano for Konko, Squillaci, Jesús Navas, Maresca, Fazio, Diego Capel, Chevantón.
Yellow cards: Duscher 43', Emaná 58', Mehmet 63', Luis Fabiano 69'.
The big derby game of the weekend between Betis and Sevilla ended without goals, although there was plenty of action to entertain the fans. The boys in green had not beaten their city rivals in three years, but they felt they had a good opportunity to do so when Manolo Jiménez announced many changes to his starting line up after a gruelling UEFA Cup tie midweek.
However despite creating many chances they were unable to beat an excellent Palop, who made many saves from Capi, Pavone, Mark González and in particular a late free kick from Sergio García. David Prieto and Escudé also cleared from Capi and González, and Juanito turned another effort just wide of the post in a lively first half.
The visitors had their chances as well though, David Prieto missing from two yards out early on and Maresca firing a free kick over the top, and Acosta and Adriano both had penalty appeals turned down. In the end though points were shared, and Betis will have to wait a few more months before they get another crack at the old enemy.