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Spanish Primera BBVA

Benito Villamarin (ATT 33,556) 22nd September 2013 - Kick off 11:00 Ref: M Ayza Gamez

Real Betis Real Betis vs Granada Granada

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Real Betis held by Granada

Last Updated: 22/09/13 3:13pm

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Roberto Fernandez: Made several key saves

Roberto Fernandez: Made several key saves

Real Betis were held to a goalless draw in an Andalusian derby at home to Granada, racking up their fifth point of the season.

Pepe Mel's side created a greater number of goalscoring opportunities than their opponents, having 19 shots compared to Granada's four, with goalkeeper Roberto Fernandez coming to the visitors' rescue on a number of occasions.

However, Granada boss Lucas Alcaraz will be ruing a chance that Youssef El Arabi missed late on that would have given them the points.

It was the hosts' second goalless draw in less than three days, following their stalemate with Lyon in the Europa League.

Mel fielded an almost entirely different team against Granada, with only Alvaro Vadillo starting both games.

Granada went into the match following a controversial 1-0 defeat to Espanyol and were again short on creativity, perhaps due to the absence of forward Francisco Medina 'Piti'.

Betis had the better of the first half, with Antonio Amaya's free-kick the closest they came to scoring, but the best chance of the first period fell to El Arabi, who failed to react quick enough to a defensive slip by Amaya in the box and headed wide.

In the second half Salva Sevilla forced Roberto into action on three occasions, the most dangerous of which was a shot from distance headed for the top corner, but the goalkeeper was able to get across and punch clear.

Fernandez also saved from Jorge Molina's close-range header, although he perhaps made the stop in a more acrobatic fashion than was necessary, as the ball was headed straight at him.

In one of Granada's few attacks, Dani Benitez sent a ball towards El Arabi at the backpost, and although Betis goalkeeper Guillermo Sara had misjudged the cross El Arabi failed to hit the target.

Cedric Mabwati had a chance to win it in the last minute, meeting a deep cross at the back post, but was unable to direct it on target, and the ball floated across the goalmouth before being cleared.

Joan Verdu then gave Roberto a fright in stoppage time, delivering a cross-shot which was inches away from creeping in at the far post.

The result means both sides are level in the table on five points.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 35 87
2 Real Madrid 35 85
3 Atletico Madrid 35 76
4 Valencia 34 69
5 Sevilla 35 69
6 Villarreal 35 54
7 Athletic Bilbao 35 48
8 Malaga 34 47
9 Espanyol 35 46
10 Celta Vigo 34 45
11 Real Sociedad 35 43
12 Rayo Vallecano 35 43
13 Elche 34 37
14 Getafe 34 36
15 Levante 35 35
16 Eibar 34 31
17 Almeria 34 31
18 Deportivo La Coruna 35 30
19 Granada 34 25
20 Cordoba 35 20