First Division - Day 36

Betis 0 - Barcelona 2

Betis: Adán; Bruno, Pezzella, Westermann, Montoya; N’Diaye, Petros; Cejudo, Dani Ceballos (Portillo 69’), Joaquín (Musonda 55’); Rubén Castro (Van Wolfswinkel 79‘). 4-2-3-1.
Barcelona: Bravo (Ter Stegen 88’); Dani Alves (Sergi Roberto 74‘), Piqué, Mascherano, Jordi Alba; Rakitic (Arda Turan 86’), Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Luis Suárez, Neymar. 4-3-3.

0-1. 50. Rakitic. Rolled shot into net after Pezzella failed to clear Messi centre.
0-2. 81. Luis Suárez. Ran on to Messi through ball and turned shot past Adán.

Yellow cards: Bruno 21’, Piqué 23’, Messi 23’, Westermann 28’, 35’, Petros 34’, Dani Alves 45’, Dani Ceballos 57’ / red cards: Westermann 35’.

Two weeks to go to the end of the season, and the top three are still only a point apart after all of them won again on Saturday evening. Barcelona hold on to top spot though after they beat Betis 0-2, and if they can win their last two games against Espanyol and Granada, nobody can stop them from winning the title for the second year in a row. The locals were all but mathematically safe, but they still came out strongly early on, Rubén Castro and Bruno going close in the first five minutes. Iniesta and Neymar brought good stops out of Adán in reply though, and with ten minutes to go to the break the Andalusians were left with ten men when Westermann picked up a second booking. Luis Suárez fired a shot just wide after the restart, but a couple of minutes later Messi lifted the ball in to the area, and a failed attempt at an acrobatic clearance by Pezzella put off the local keeper, allowing Rakitic to poke the ball in to the empty net. Messi had a shot deflected for a corner, and Neymar and Suárez brought further saves out of Adán before Messi slipped the ball through for Suárez to wrap things up. The only bad news for Luis Enrique was a late injury to Claudio Bravo, and it looks as if Ter Stegen will have to take over for the last two matches.