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Summary

  1. Barca go back to the top of La Liga
  2. Atletico Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 to go top earlier
  3. Real Madrid had gone top briefly with win over Real Sociedad
  4. Gareth Bale scores only goal with 80th-minute header
  5. Bayern miss out on chance to clinch German title

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By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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With two games to go, this La Liga title race is as close as the battle for promotion from League Two. And that's saying something.

I'll leave you on that bombshell. 

2 - Most goals and assists since they played in La Liga (09/10): LIONEL MESSI 257 & 100 Cristiano Ronaldo 256 & 76 Aliens.

Friday: Betis keeper Adan expresses his deep wish for Real Madrid to win the title. Saturday: misses a cross to give Rakitic open goal. Oops

Real Betis keeper Antonio Adan used to play for Real Madrid. He was preferred over Iker Casillas by Jose Mourinho, before Real signed Diego Lopez.

So what now?

Barcelona 85 pts (36 games)

Atletico Madrid 85 pts (36 games)

Real Madrid 84 pts (36 games)

Barcelona will win La Liga if they end up level on points with Atletico Madrid (or Real Madrid) as they have a better head-to-head record.

(Goal difference isn't the decider in Spain)

In the unlikely event it is Atletico and Real joint at the top, both above Barcelona, then Atletico would be champions.

There are two games to go - next Sunday (8 May) and then Saturday, 14 May. 

Barcelona: Espanyol (h), Granada (a)

Atletico Madrid: Levante (h) Celta Vigo (h)

Real Madrid: Valencia (h) Deportivo La Coruna (a)

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For the second Saturday in a row, we have seen the exact same pattern. 

Barcelona start the day top.

Real Madrid play at 15:00 BST and win to go top.

Atletico Madrid play at 17:15 BST and win to go top.

Barcelona play at 19:30 BST and win to go top.

Luis Suarez
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FULL-TIME - Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

Barcelona beat Real Betis and are now two wins away from successfully defending La Liga.

Barcelona
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Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

Seconds left. Barca are comfortable.

INJURY TIME

Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

Three minutes added on.

Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

Luis Suarez, by the way, is likely to become the first non-Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo winner of the Pichichi (Spanish golden boot) since Diego Forlan in 2009.

He is on 35 goals this season - four clear of Cristiano Ronaldo with two games left. Lionel Messi, in third, is on 25 goals. Even he can't score 10 goals in two games, can he?

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Rohan Patwardhan: Passes like that tell you why Messi can easily play till he's 36, 37 and still make the difference.

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Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo appears to pick up an injury and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who is their first-choice cup goalkeeper, comes on for the closing minutes.

Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

6 - Players to reach 35+ goals in a single La Liga season: LUIS SUÁREZ Messi (3 times) Cristiano (3) Hugo Sánchez Baltazar Zarra Olympus.

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Barcelona bring on summer signing Arda Turan, who hasn't set the world alight this season. Ivan Rakitic, the opening goalscorer, comes off to a few whistles - he used to play for Real Betis' arch-rivals Sevilla.

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Wale Ibraheem: A red carpet pass from Lionel Messi. A joy for any striker. But then how did that pass through entire Betis defence line.

Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

35 - Luis Suárez is the second @FCBarcelona player to reach 35+ goals in a single La Liga season, after Lionel Messi (3 times). Beast.

GOAL - Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

Luis Suarez

That jolts Barcelona into life and Lionel Messi plays a perfectly weighted ball behind Real Betis' defence which Luis Suarez gets onto and fires home.

That's his ninth goal in the last three games.

Game over. Barcelona are two wins from the title.

Barcelona
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Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo comes flying out of his goal to deal with a long ball and heads it away on the edge of his box...

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Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

Real Betis bring on striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who is still on loan from Norwich, up front with Ruben Castro coming off.

Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

Bayern Munich earlier on were leading 1-0 in a big game but didn't kill the game off and Borussia Monchengladbach rescued a draw that denied Bayern the chance to win the title today.

Barcelona won't want to do the same right now.

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Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

Barcelona make their first change and it's Sergi Roberto on for Dani Alves at right-back. Big-money summer signing right-back Aleix Vidal remains on the bench.

Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

This should definitely be game over as Lionel Messi finds Luis Suarez in space in the box but he shoots straight at Antonio Adan from 10 yards out. A real wasted chance from the Uruguayan.

Luis Enrique
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Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

It's almost a second goal for Barcelona and Lionel Messi plays a ball into the box, Neymar heads it across goal but Antonio Adan plucks it out of the air with Luis Suarez read to head home.

Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

126 - Lionel Messi has made 126 assists in La Liga, at least 50 more than any other current La Liga striker (Cristiano Ronaldo 76). Magic.

Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

I've been doing this live text page non-stop from 14:30 BST and have only seen three La Liga goals. Sort it out Barcelona - and Betis. Sort. It. Out.

Lionel Messi
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Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

Dani Ceballos is a red card walking. Manager Juan Merino recognises this and replaces him with Francisco Portillo.

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Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

It's been a bit of a heated game and Dani Ceballos becomes the seventh player to go into the book, this time for a foul on Lionel Messi. The Real Betis teenager was lucky not to have already been booked.

Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

To paraphrase the IT Crowd...

The thing about Barcelona is, they always try to walk it in.

Neymar does well in the box but instead of shooting, he finds Luis Suarez, who also seems reluctant to have an effort. 

Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

A lot of nice passing around the penalty area by Barcelona but they don't seem to have their shooting boots on tonight. Nine shots but only two on target.

Luis Suarez would want to get a hurry on if he goes to extend his run of four-goal hauls. He's managed that in each of his last two games.

Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

Barcelona looking fairly comfortable but could do with a second goal to seal this game. Lionel Messi has a go from around the penalty spot but it's deflected wide. And from the corner Luis Suarez misses another chance.

Luis Suarez
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Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

3 - Ivan Rakitic ha scored 3 goals in his last 3 appearances vs Betis at Benito Villamarin in La Liga (2 for Sevilla, 1 for Barca). Memory.

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Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

Real Betis bring off veteran winger Joaquin, and in his place comes on Charly Musonda - on loan from Chelsea, who must have confused Betis and Vitesse.

GOAL - Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona

Ivan Rakitic

Barcelona lead after a defensive mix-up from Real Betis. Lionel Messi plays a high ball into the box and German Pezzella tries to bicycle kick it clear when keeper Antonio Adan is coming out to deal with it. The ball goes past the defender and the keeper, who seemed a bit reluctant to get a boot in the head, and Ivan Rakitic literally has an open goal to kick the ball into.

Barcelona go top again as things stand.

Ivan Rakitic
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German Pezzella
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Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

Neymar plays in Luis Suarez, who is unmarked eight yards out. The man has scored eight goals in his previous two games so I think everyone watching is certain this is hitting the back of the net. However, the Uruguayan fires wide of the near post from close range.

A huge let-off for Betis.

Dani Alves
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Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

Barcelona come out attacking but Real Betis get the ball and break. Petros gets his pass wrong through and the chance is gone for the hosts.

KICK-OFF - Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

Without meaning to exaggerate, Barcelona have 45 minutes to save their season. Can they do it against 10 men who have nothing to play for?

Let's find out.

Luis Suarez
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Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

9 - Barcelona have seen more opponents sent off than any other La Liga team this season (Sevilla 8). Hard.

Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

Intriguingly, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique was asked before this game if they should sign Francesco Totti, whom he managed at Roma.

The 39-year-old has scored 247 Serie A goals in 598 league appearances for Roma, his only club, but he is out of contract this summer and not certain to get a new deal.

“If we can get him at a good price, why not? He’s the embodiment of AS Roma.”

Francesco Totti
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"Barcelona are interested in me. Hmm, interesting..."

Are you watching, Barcelona?

85: GOAL NUMBER 50! Chris Mulhall makes it 6-2 and in the process hits #LimerickFC's 50th competitive goal in 2016 in game 13 #loi

Maybe Barcelona could do with borrowing a striker or two from Limerick, who have netted 51 goals in their first 13 games of the season (they scored another after this tweet)...

HALF-TIME - Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona

As things stand Barcelona are third with two games remaining...