It is done ! On behalf of the thirty-fifth day of La Liga 2021-2022, FC Barcelona won on the lawn of Betis Sevilla (2-1). Thanks to a magnificent goal from Jordi Alba in the last minute of added time, Barça put their evening opponent, fifth in the standings, eleven points three days from the end of the championship. .
Mathematically, the Barcelonans are therefore guaranteed to play in the Champions League next season. It was not a foregone conclusion when Xavi took charge of the Blaugrana club last November and despite this season without a title obtained, the Catalans provided the essentials
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Betis lost big
Before starting this meeting, Betis could end a black series: the Sevillian club has never won its two league matches against Barça in the same season. Winner of the first leg at Camp Nou, the recent winner of the Spanish Cup did not manage to win on his lawn at Benito-Villamarin.
Worse still: the Verdiblancos conceded a defeat in the last seconds of the game, the fault of a fantastic volley from Jordi Alba under the bar of a helpless Rui Silva (94th, 1-2). A heavy setback, since beyond allowing Barça to score their ticket for the next C1, the Andalusians gave fourth-placed Atlético de Madrid the opportunity to take a six-point lead in the event of a victory in the Madrid derby against Real this Sunday.
Regrets, the Sevillians may have at the sight of the match. The injury of Claudio Bravo, replaced by Rui Silva at short notice, did not weigh in the debates since the Portuguese goalkeeper showed a good save as soon as he entered the game to divert the head of Ronald Araujo on the crossbar (20th). For its part, Betis also hit a Catalan amount with a strike from Guido Rodriguez on the right post of Neto (28th). In the second half, Juanmi had the opportunity to open the scoring but Neto diverted his attempt (63rd).
By dint of not scoring, Barça ended up punishing the Béticos thanks to Ansu Fati, who came into play and scored an unstoppable pivot shot (76th, 0-1). Betis quickly equalized through Marc Bartra, formerly of the Catalan house (79th, 1-1) but could not hold the scoreless in a race for the Champions League where any point obtained could have its importance. From their sofa, Sevilla FC and Atlético are rubbing their hands.
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