The game: 1-2
Betis Sevilla can be frustrated. After standing up to FC Barcelona for more than 90 minutes, the Verdiblancos saw their efforts reduced to nothing in the last moments of the match when Jordi Alba sent a cross from Dani Alves into the Seville top corner. Thanks to this success obtained on the wire (2-1), the Barcelonans are guaranteed to play in the Champions League next season, their evening opponent now pointing to 11 points with three games remaining.
From the first period, we took a big chance on each side. The first was to be credited to Barça. On a corner from the right taken by Memphis, Araujo took over Guardado and sent a powerful header in the direction of Rui Silva. But the Portuguese goalkeeper, who had replaced Claudio Bravo a few minutes earlier, managed with his fingertips to deflect the ball on the crossbar (20th). Eight minutes later, on the other side of the field, Guido Rodriguez found Neto’s right post with a sudden shot from the right.
The start of the second period was just as frustrating for the spectators of the match, Xavi the first, visibly annoyed at the edge of the field by the inefficiency of his team. After 25 minutes of play in the second half, Betis had only one of their four attempts on target – a cross shot at the end of the run from Jimenez directly into the arms of Neto – while Barça were even less precise ( 0/2).
Fati and Traoré, the starters that changed everything
It was the double change made by Xavi in the 74th minute that relaunched the game: Ansu Fati and Adama Traoré replaced Ferran Torres and Ousmane Dembélé. Two minutes later, the young Spaniard, who returned from injury last week against Mallorca (15 minutes into the game), surprised Rui Silva with a shot in traffic in front of the area (76th).
Goalscorer Ansu Fati put Barca on the right track with his entry. (M. Del Pozo/Reuters)
The joy of the Barcelonans was only short-lived: a few moments later, Sevillian defender Marc Bartra headed in a free kick from Nabil Fekir to equalize (79th). There followed a few off-target chances on both sides, until the fourth minute of added time, at the end of which Jordi Alba, well served by Dani Alves, sent a superb volley under the bar of Rui Silva to send Barça to the Champions League.