La Liga Round-up
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Honours ended even in the Madrid derby as Real and Atletico drew 0-0.Honours ended even in the Madrid derby as Real and Atletico played out a goalless draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, although Michael Owen missed two fine chances to hand Real all three points.
Both sides will look back on a series of spurned opportunities, but ultimately a point apiece was about right.
On 22 minutes Ronaldo almost capitalised on a poor clearance from Atletico keeper Leo Franco - his second such error of the night - but was crowded out before he could get a shoot away.
The keeper made amends for his mistakes ten minutes later when he produced a fine save to deny the Brazilian after he had been played in by Raul.
Atletico threatened sporadically with Fernando Torres keeping the Real back-line on their toes, but they did not seriously test Iker Casillas until the first minute of the second half when the Real keeper had to tip over a fierce Peter Luccin free-kick.
Owen missed the first of his chances on 63 minutes when a David Beckham cross from the left was deflected invitingly into his path by an inadvertent Pablo Ibanez header, but the England hit-man made no contact from no more than six yards.
Real were indebted to Thomas Gravesen shortly afterwards as he executed a fine last-ditch tackle to deny the breaking Torres a clear sight of goal.
Torres then engineered a shooting chance following a fine jinking run but could not find a finish to match as Casillas read his chipped effort.
With three minutes remaining Owen spurned a golden chance when the ball broke to him inside the box, but he snatched at the chance and fired over from a tight angle.
One other incident of note was the booking of David Beckham which rules him out of Real's final league game of the season, and could present him with the chance to link up with England in time for the first game of their US tour.
Real Betis moved above city rivals Sevilla and into the final UEFA Champions League spot with a 3-2 win over Zaragoza.
Although Sevilla have the chance to leapfrog back above Los Verdiblancos on Sunday, Betis did their bit with an exciting win over mid-table Zaragoza at the Estadio Ruiz de Lopera.
It was the visitors who took the lead on 36 minutes through Brazilian winger Savio, and they preserved that lead until the break.
Betis were back on terms shortly before the hour mark when Spain international defender Juanito notched, and Ricardo Oliveira put them ahead ten minutes later with his 22nd of a prolific campaign.
Fernando all but killed the game with a third Betis goal nine minutes from time, although Oscar Gonzalez caused a few flutters amongst home fans with a second Zaragoza goal in the dying moments.