Granada: Roberto; Nyom, Pamarot (Yebda 46'),
Mainz, Siqueira; Mikel Rico, Lucena, Abel Gómez (Carlos Martins 46');
Jaime Romero (Mollo 66'), Ighalo, Dani Benítez. 4-3-3.
Betis: Casto; Chica, Dorado, Mario, Nacho; Beñat, Iriney; Vadillo (Jorge Molina 51'), Salva Sevilla (Jonathan Pereira 86'), Jefferson Montero (Alex 92'); Rubén Castro. 4-2-3-1.
0-1. 88. Rubén Castro. Steered header in to empty net after Pereira chipped over.
Yellow cards: Pamarot 05', Iriney 15', Benítez 34', Dorado 54'.
Betis beat neighbours Granada 0-1 in the opening battle between two of the newly promoted sides. A big crowd turned up to see the return of the locals to the top flight after an absence of 35 years, and they were almost able to cheer a goal early on when Casto did well to push a Mainz header over the bar. After that though the visitors took control, Rubén Castro bringing a good save out of Roberto and Mario heading just wide. Sixteen year old winger Vadillo caused some problems for the local defence as well until he was clogged by half time substitute Martins, and his replacement Jorge Molina also went close a couple of times later on. Mainz also headed a free kick against his own crossbar, but a draw seemed on the cards until late substitute Jonathan Pereira got away down the left wing and crossed in for Rubén Castro to head the winner. Bad luck for Granada, who have come up from the third to the first tier of Spanish football in just two seasons, but they will have to adapt quickly to the new level if they are to achieve their objective of staying up for another year.