Real Betis go joint top after Mallorca win
Madrid: Racing Santander and Levante shared the points in a 0-0 draw as both sides remained winless while Betis saw off Mallorca to join Real Madrid and Valencia at the top of the Spanish league table.
Santander were the better side in the first half yesterday with Adrian Gonzalez, Pedro Munitis and Manuel Arana all trying their luck from distance.
Levante goalkeeper Gustavo Munua had to save a Lautaro Acosta shot from close range on 31 minutes.
For Levante a Jose Barkero free kick tested Santander goalkeeper Antonio Rodriguez `Tono` from 25 yards in the 32nd minute.
Acosta`s pace caused problems throughout and he should have done better when he blazed over the bar from ten yards after breaking clear on 49 minutes.
Adrian came close again from long range on 66 minutes as Santander continued to press for a victory, but when their midfielder Papa Diop was given his marching orders on 81 minutes for a second yellow card all hope off a home win seemed to vanish.
Levante finished the stronger but both sides will have to improve if they are not to face a struggle for survival this season.
Betis meanwhile thanked a fine showing from Ruben Castro for their success. On 42 minutes he hit the post with a left footed shot from the edge of the area and Jorge Molina incredibly hit the bar twice in his attempts to convert the rebound.
Castro was always dangerous and went close again with a right-footed drive on 56 minutes.