Barcelona beat Betis 2-0, to remain top

Barcelona earned 2-0 victory over Real Betis as the Seville side put up a tough fight, even after having their German centre-back Heiko Westermann sent off early on in the game. The win at the Benito Villamarin stadium saw the Catalans regain the top spot in La Liga after both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid spent brief spells at the top of the table.

Gareth Bale’s thunderous header 10 minutes from time kept an under-strength Real Madrid just a point behind the leaders in third in a 1-0 victory at Real Sociedad.
Barca need to win their two remaining games at home to Espanyol and away to Granada to be assured of retaining their title and were given a huge helping hand by Betis despite an unconvincing performance.
Betis defender Heiko Westermann was deservedly sent-off 10 minutes before half-time when he chopped down Rakitic to see his second yellow card in seven minutes.
Rakitic took advantage of more Betis generosity five minutes after half-time when he was left with the simple task to slotting into an empty net after German Pezzella and goalkeeper Antonio Adan failed to cut out Lionel Messi’s cross.
Suarez fired straight at Adan when gifted a golden chance by Messi to seal the points 17 minutes from time.
However, the Uruguayan made amends from another sensational Messi through ball eight minutes later to register his 54th goal of the season.

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- Suarez is the second Barcelona player to reach 35+ goals in a single La Liga season, after Lionel Messi (three times).
- Messi has made 127 assists in La Liga, at least 51 more than any other current La Liga striker (Cristiano Ronaldo 76).
- Rakitic has scored three goals in his last three appearances against Betis at Benito Villamarin in La Liga (two for Sevilla, one for Barca).
- Messi has assisted five goals in his last three appearances in La Liga.

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