Barcelona booked their place in next season’s Champions League thanks to Jordi Alba’s stunning volley deep into injury time against Real Betis.

Xavi’s side led when Ansu Fati, just off the bench, shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box – his first La Liga goal since 6 November after injury struggles.

Former Barca defender Marc Bartra headed Betis level moments later.

But four minutes into stoppage time Alba volleyed in Dani Alves’ cross.

Barcelona players gave their Real Betis counterparts a guard of honour before kick-off following the hosts’ recent Copa del Rey win over Valencia.

It was an entertaining game with Ronald Araujo’s header tipped onto the bar by Betis keeper Rui Silva, and Betis’ Guido Rodriguez striking the post.

Second-placed Barca are now 11 points clear of Betis, who are fifth, with three games to go. They were ninth when Xavi replaced Ronald Koeman in November.


Real Betis

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25BravoSubstituted forDantas da Silvaat 17′minutes
  • 23Sabaly
  • 16Pezzella
  • 5BartraBooked at 72mins
  • 15Moreno Lopera
  • 21Rodríguez
  • 18GuardadoSubstituted forSánchezat 77′minutes
  • 10Canales
  • 8Fekir
  • 7JuanmiSubstituted forWilliam Carvalhoat 77′minutes
  • 9Iglesias


  • 3González
  • 4Akouokou
  • 6Ruiz
  • 11Tello
  • 12Da Silva
  • 13Dantas da Silva
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 17Sánchez Rodríguez
  • 20Lainez
  • 24Ruibal
  • 28Sánchez
  • 33Miranda


Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 8Alves da SilvaBooked at 78mins
  • 4Araújo
  • 24García
  • 18Alba
  • 21de Jong
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 64mins
  • 30PáezSubstituted forPuig Martíat 79′minutes
  • 7DembéléSubstituted forTraoréat 74′minutes
  • 19TorresSubstituted forFati Vieiraat 75′minutes
  • 9DepaySubstituted forAubameyangat 66′minutes


  • 6Puig Martí
  • 10Fati Vieira
  • 11Traoré
  • 12Braithwaite
  • 15Lenglet
  • 17de Jong
  • 22Mingueza
  • 23Umtiti
  • 25Aubameyang
  • 36Tenas

Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz


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