In a particularly important meeting in the race for the Champions League, Barça had to wait until the last minute to win against Betis thanks to a missile signed Jordi Alba (1-2). The Blaugrana will be in C1 next season.
Betis 1-2 Barca
Goals: Bartra (79and) for the Verdiblancos // Fati (76and) and Alba (90and+4) for the Catalans
At the dawn of the final sprint, this Betis-Barça had everything of a decisive match in the race for the Champions League. We will have rather seen 75 boring minutes of football in a Benito Villamarín who was just waiting to get carried away, despite everything magnified by a disjointed last quarter of an hour. The entry of Ansu Fati will have changed everything, and the Catalans ended up taking the best of the gong on Betis thanks to a jewel of Jordi Alba. Xavi will probably not have a lot to remember from this game, but will gladly take these three points synonymous with guaranteed qualification in C1 for next season.
45 minute nap
After making a guard of honor to their opponents in the evening for their crowning in the King’s Cup, Xavi’s men started the game by repeating their ranges: consistent possession of the leather, then passing on the sides to shoot the first arrows. Positioned on the right, Ousmane Dembélé constantly provoked his vis-à-vis and almost deceived the opposing defense on his first foray with a strong center finally saved on the line by Germán Pezzella (12and). Unlucky, the locals quickly lost Claudio Bravo to injury, forcing Rui Silva to don the gloves. Neither one nor two, the Sevillian goalkeeper was already boiling by pushing back on his crossbar the powerful blow of Ronald Araújo’s helmet (19and). Little inspired until then, Betis woke up thanks to a missile from Guido Rodríguez which hit the amount of Neto (32and). In short: not much to get your teeth into, apart from a recital of technical approximations and a few alerts defused by the porters.
On returning from the locker room, the supporters were not really served more in terms of show. Organizations visibly damaged, the pace of the game has not intensified much, quite the contrary. Somewhat more enterprising than in the first act, the Andalusians nevertheless tried to pack the meeting by sending their attackers in the back of a defense blaugrana crumbly, often narrowly caught by Araújo and saved by Neto on attempts by Juanmi (64and and 68and). Soporific for a long time, the game got carried away as soon as Ansu Fati entered. For his second match since his return from injury, the Spanish prodigy only needed a minute to give his side the advantage thanks to a crushed strike (0-1, 76and). An advantage completely gone up in smoke three minutes later when Marc Bartra rose higher than everyone from a corner, finally igniting the Benito Villamarín (1-1, 79and). Boosted, the supporters then thought their players capable of winning. But it was counting without the late punishment of Jordi Alba: on a wafer signed Dani Alves at the far post, the left side showed up to send a shell into the cage of Rui Silva who could not do anything about it (1-2, 90and+4). All without giving the locals time to hope for a last chance behind, the Blaugrana being miraculous.
Betis (4-2-3-1): Bravo (Silva, 17and) – Sabaly, Pezzella, Bartra, Moreno – Rodríguez, Guardado (Carvalho, 79and) – Canales, Fekir, Juanmi (Rodri, 78and) – Iglesias. Coach : Manuel Pelgrini.
Barca (4-3-3): Neto – Alves, Araújo, García, Alba – De Jong, Busquets, Gavi (Puig, 80and) – Dembélé (Traoré, 75and), Torres (Fati, 75and), Depay (Aubameyang, 66and). Coach : xavi.
By Alexandre Lejeune