BBVA Primera Liga: Barcelona beat Betis 2-0
BBVA Primera Liga: Barcelona beat Betis 2-0

Madrid, May 1 (IANS) FC Barcelona held nerves to win 2-0 to Betis and retain their narrow lead at the top of the BBVA Primera Liga.

Second half goals from Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez during the match on Saturday mean Barca remain ahead of Atletico Madrid on goal difference and a point up on Real Madrid after their two title rivals had won their respective matches earlier in the day, Xinhua news agency reported.

Barca struggled in the first half against a well-organised and hard-working Betis, but their cause was helped after 36 minutes when Betis defender Heiko Westerman was sent off for two clear yellow cards.

Rakitic opened the scoring in the 49th minute after a mix-up involving Betis keeper Antonio Adan, who earlier in the week had said he hoped he could help his former club, Real Madrid win the title.

Adan came out for an easy ball and missed it completely to leave Rakitic with a tap in.

Barca controlled the ball as Betis tired but missed chances before Messi set up Suarez for the second goal nine minutes from time.

The Argentinean seemed to have waited too long but then picked up the striker with a pass which split the home defense for Suarez to net his 35th league goal of the campaign.

Antoine Griezmann netted his side’s goal just before the hour as Atletico Madrid ground out a 1-0 win at home to relegation-threatened Rayo Vallecano.

Atletico, with coach Diego Simeone sanctioned in the stand, rested seven players ahead of next Tuesday’s Champions League tie away to Bayern Munich and struggled as a result against a rival battling to avoid the drop.

Real Madrid kicked off the day with a hard-fought win away to Real Sociedad. Gareth Bale wasted several first-half chances but scored the decisive goal with a powerful header 12 minutes from time.

  • SHARE
    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    India Vs New Zealand, Virat Kohli, Trent Boult Wankhede,

    IND vs NZ 2017, 1st ODI: Twitter Reacts as Virat Kohli’s Hundred Helps India...

    Team India skipper Virat Kohli has lifted his side after Trent Boult was at his best in his first spell which further saw the...

    Hockey: Indian Beat Japan In Sultan Of Johor Cup Opener

    Johor Bahru (Malaysia), Oct 22 (IANS) The Indian junior men's hockey team started their seventh Sultan of Johor Cup campaign with a hard fought 3-2...

    Hamilton Grabs Pole At US Grand Prix

    Austin (Texas), Oct 22 (IANS) Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes grabbed pole position in the qualifying tournament of the US Grand Prix. Hamilton...

    Here’s The Daily Sports Round Up From Around The Globe On 22nd October, 2017

    Here is Sportzwiki’s daily news round-up, featuring top sports news from around the world, on 22nd October 2017. Here’s all the news from sporting...
    India Vs New Zealand, Virat Kohli 200th ODI, Wankhede Crowd, Rousing Welcome, Men in Blue

    Watch Valiant Virat Kohli Receives Rousing Welcome at Iconic Wankhede on his 200th ODI...

    India skipper Virat Kohli, who surpassed Australia's former skipper Ricky Ponting for second-most number of hundreds in One-day international hundreds, is a household name...