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Spanish Primera BBVA

Estadi Cornella-El Prat (ATT 23,810) 1st September 2013 - Kick off 16:00 Ref: J Gonzalez Gonzalez

Espanyol Espanyol vs Real Betis Real Betis

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Betis get off the mark

Last Updated: 01/09/13 6:41pm

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Joan Verdu and Victor Sanchez tangle.

Joan Verdu and Victor Sanchez tangle.

Real Betis picked up their first point of the new Primera Division season after holding Espanyol to a goalless draw at the Estadi Cornella-El Prat.

Espanyol had the better of the few decent chances on offer but Betis survived to open their account for the campaign following 2-1 defeats to Real Madrid and Celta Vigo in their opening two matches.

In contrast to that, Espanyol had enjoyed a good start after taking four points from games against Valencia and Celta, and they will feel they perhaps should have got a maximum points haul from this match as well.

They had a great opportunity to open the scoring in the 16th minute but forward Christian Stuani failed to hit the target with a close-range header following a Simao Sabrosa cross.

That was probably the best chance of the whole game and the only opening of note in the first half, which also saw visiting keeper Guillermo Sara save a Pizzi shot and his Espanyol counterpart Francisco Casilla comfortably deal with a long-range Nosa Igiebor attempt.

It was a similar story in the second half, with Espanyol looking the likelier scorers - although they did survive a scare in the 53rd minute when midfielder Victor Sanchez almost put through his own net.

Stuani again fired over before both Sergio Garcia and Thievy Bifouma were denied by saves from Sara, the second a vital stop when one-on-one with the Espanyol substitute.

Thievy also had a chance to claim the victory for Espanyol in the last minute but was unable to take advantage of the opportunity as Betis held on for a point.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25