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Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona

Luis Suarez
Luis Suarez has scored nine goals in his last three games for Barcelona

Barcelona beat 10-man Real Betis 2-0 to regain top spot in La Liga at the end of a day that saw all three title rivals spend time as leaders.

Real Madrid went top with a 1-0 win at Real Sociedad before being replaced by Atletico Madrid after they beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0.

But Barca held their nerve to overcome Betis, who had Heiko Westermann sent off for two bookings, with goals from Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez.

Each team has two matches remaining.

Relive the win that took Barcelona back to the top of the table.

Barcelona celebrate a goal from Ivan Rakitic
Barcelona lead the table from Atletico Madrid thanks to their superior head-to-head record

Defending champions Barcelona had scored 14 goals in winning their previous two league games.

But they found it difficult to break down a Betis side who played with 10 men from the 35th minute after defender Westermann had tripped Rakitic to earn his second caution in the space of eight minutes.

The opening goal came five minutes into the second half when a Lionel Messi ball into the penalty area caused confusion between defender German Pezzella and goalkeeper Antonio Adan, and midfielder Rakitic was left with a simple tap-in for his 10th goal of the season.

The second goal did not come until nine minutes from time when Messi played through a perfect pass for Suarez to slot home his 54th goal of the season.

Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo came off late on with a calf strain and will have further tests on the injury on Sunday.

La Liga title run-in
DATESBarcelonaAtletico MadridReal Madrid
Sunday, 8 May (16:00 BST)Espanyol (h)Levante (h)Valencia (h)
Saturday, 14 May (time TBC)Granada (a)Celta Vigo (h)Deportivo La Coruna (a)

What they said

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique: "It's a very competitive league and I think the three candidates are strong. No-one will slip up, we depend on ourselves.

"There is less to go (now). I am sure against Espanyol, Camp Nou will be packed to the rafters."

Line-ups

Real Betis

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Adán
  • 4González CabreraBooked at 21mins
  • 20Pezzella
  • 17WestermannBooked at 35mins
  • 3Montoya
  • 25dos Santos AraujoBooked at 34mins
  • 18A N'Diaye
  • 16Cejudo
  • 7Sánchez RodríguezSubstituted forMusondaat 55'minutes
  • 10CeballosBooked at 67minsSubstituted forPortilloat 69'minutes
  • 24CastroSubstituted forvan Wolfswinkelat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Giménez
  • 5Kadir
  • 6Varela Martín
  • 8Musonda
  • 9van Wolfswinkel
  • 14Torres Buigues
  • 22Portillo

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13BravoSubstituted forter Stegenat 88'minutes
  • 6Alves da SilvaBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRoberto Carnicerat 74'minutes
  • 3PiquéBooked at 23mins
  • 14Mascherano
  • 18Alba
  • 4RakiticSubstituted forTuranat 86'minutes
  • 5Busquets
  • 8Iniesta
  • 10MessiBooked at 23mins
  • 9Suárez
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 7Turan
  • 12Rafinha
  • 15Bartra
  • 17El Haddadi
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 22Vidal Parreu
Referee:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
Attendance:
40,467

Match Stats

Home TeamReal BetisAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home26%
Away74%
Shots
Home2
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Betis 0, Barcelona 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Betis 0, Barcelona 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Marc-André ter Stegen replaces Claudio Bravo because of an injury.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Arda Turan replaces Ivan Rakitic.

  5. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Francisco Portillo (Real Betis).

  7. Post update

    Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Bruno (Real Betis).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

  10. Post update

    Álvaro Cejudo (Real Betis) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Real Betis 0, Barcelona 2. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi with a through ball.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Betis. Ricky van Wolfswinkel replaces Rubén Castro.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Sergi Roberto replaces Dani Alves.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luis Suárez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Francisco Portillo.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Betis. Francisco Portillo replaces Dani Ceballos.

  17. Booking

    Dani Ceballos (Real Betis) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Dani Ceballos (Real Betis).

  20. Post update

    Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona362745104297585
2Atl Madrid36274560164485
3Real Madrid362664105327384
4Villarreal351710842311161
5Celta Vigo35169104955-657
6Ath Bilbao351671253431055
7Sevilla351410114942752
8Valencia351111134442244
9Las Palmas36127174449-543
10Malaga351012133132-142
11Eibar36119164656-1042
12Real Sociedad36119164247-542
13Real Betis361011153150-1941
14Dep La Coruña35718104357-1439
15Espanyol35107183567-3237
16Granada3699184265-2336
17Rayo Vallecano36811174870-2235
18Sporting Gijón3698193761-2435
19Getafe3588193364-3132
20Levante3578203363-3029
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