Betis rout Sociedad; Getafe pip Zaragoza

The start of Real Betis' match at home to Real Sociedad was delayed for about 17 minutes by a power cut but it failed to dampen their enthusiasm as they went on to win 2-0 and take fourth place in La Liga on Saturday.

It was only two weeks ago that Rayo Vallecano's match against visiting Real Madrid was postponed until the following day after their floodlights were sabotaged, but the problem in Seville was blamed on a general outage in the local area.

Brazilian defender Paulao headed Betis in front from a corner after 17 minutes but there was little else to separate the sides until striker Ruben Castro nodded in at a freekick in the 81st.

Betis finished with 10 men after Mario was sent off two minutes from time but climbed to fourth with 12 points from seven games, six behind leaders Barcelona who host champions Real in the first league 'Clasico' of the campaign on Sunday.

Getafe and Rayo both won to join promoted Valladolid on 10 points after they drew 1-1 at home to basement side Espanyol. Getafe earned their first away win this season to go ninth with a scrappy 1-0 victory at nine-man Real Zaragoza in a game which saw three players sent off.

Getafe's Diego Castro netted from the spot, though Zaragoza keeper Roberto almost saved it.

Rayo lived dangerously before winning 2-1 at home to promoted Deportivo Coruna to move into 10th spot.  Piti put the hosts ahead at the far post in the 18th minute and Jose Carlos fired in a deflected second goal soon after.

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