Real Betis 1-2 Barcelona: Jordi Alba takes Barça to the Champions League

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Barcelona guarantees it won’t have a season without football in the Champions League

Barcelona secured their place in next season’s Champions League thanks to Jordi Alba’s impressive goal in stoppage time against Real Betis.

Xavi’s team took the lead when Ansu Fati, who came off the bench, kicked in the lower corner of the edge of the area – his first La Liga goal since 6 November following injury problems.

Former Barça defender Marc Bartra headed in for Betis moments later.

But, four minutes into stoppage time, Alba shot through Dani Alves’ cross.

The Barcelona players gave their Real Betis counterparts a guard of honor before kick-off following the hosts’ recent Copa del Rey victory over Valencia.

It was a fun game with Ronald Araujo’s header on the post by Betis goalkeeper Rui Silva and Betis’ Guido Rodriguez hitting the post.

Barça, in second place, are now 11 points clear of Betis, who are in fifth with three games to go. They were ninth when Xavi replaced Ronald Koeman in November.

alignments

Real Betis

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25angryReplaced forDantas da Silvaat the 17′minutes
  • 23Sabaly
  • 16pezzella
  • 5bartraBooked in 72 minutes
  • 15Moreno Lopera
  • 21Rodrigues
  • 18savedReplaced forSánchezat the 77′minutes
  • 10channels
  • 8Fekir
  • 7JuanmiReplaced forWilliam Carvalhoat the 77′minutes
  • 9churches

alternates

  • 3González
  • 4Akouokou
  • 6Ruiz
  • 11tello
  • 12da Silva
  • 13Dantas da Silva
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 17Sánchez Rodriguez
  • 20Lainez
  • 24Rhuibal
  • 28Sánchez
  • 33Miranda

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Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 8Alves da SilvaBooked in 78 minutes
  • 4Araújo
  • 24Garcia
  • 18alba
  • 21de Jong
  • 5busquetsBooked in 64 minutes
  • 30paezReplaced forPuig Martíat the 79′minutes
  • 7DembeleReplaced fortraoréat the 74′minutes
  • 19towersReplaced forFati Scallopat the 75′minutes
  • 9PayReplaced foraubameyangat the 66′minutes

alternates

  • 6Puig Martí
  • 10Fati Scallop
  • 11traoré
  • 12Braithwaite
  • 15Lenglet
  • 17de Jong
  • 22thinness
  • 23Umtiti
  • 25aubameyang
  • 36Tenas

Judge:
Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz

Attendance:
46,132

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