Barcelona moved five points clear at the top of the table after beating bottom club Xerez 0-2 on Wednesday night. The day 15 match was brought forward two weeks due to Barcelona's participation in the Club World Cup later this month, and Guardiola rested some of his key players after a tiring week. The Andalusians put in a brave performance, but second half goals from Henry and Ibrahimovic were enough to take the three points.
Earlier in the evening Betis beat Villarreal B 4-0 to move up to fourth spot in the second division. Emanà opened the scoring on the stroke of half time, and second half goals from Melli, Sergio García and Emanà wrapped things up. The game had been postponed from day 10 due to a bout of flu which hit the Betis squad. (02.12.09)