Saturday May 12, 2012 Day 38 Finished Estadio Benito Villamarin

Real Betis 2 - 2 FC Barcelona

  • Castro 71’, 74’
  • Busquets 9’
  • Keita 90’

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  1. Keita rescues Barca as Pep bows out

    Keita rescues Barca as Pep bows out

    Seydou Keita ensured Pep Guardiola’s final Liga game as Barcelona coach ended in a 2-2 draw with Betis at the Estadio Benito. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Betis
    • FC Barcelona
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    • 90+3' That's it! Betis 2-2 Barcelona. A fair result after a strong second-half display from Betis as some of their supporters run onto the pitch at the end of this Liga season.
    • 90+2' This has been a topsy turvey encounter but Keita has ensured that Pep Guardiola's league reign ends in a draw.
    • 90+1' GOAL! BETIS 2-2 BARCELONA. Keita rises to power home a cross from Montoya and surely earn Barca a point!
    • 90' Messi bends the free-kick against the post and Betis survive! Terrific effort from the Argentine.
    • 89' Messi is hauled down by Canas who is booked for his cynical challenge.
    • 86' Pereira gets his cross all wrong and Barca have a goal kick.
    • 85' Barca have a free-kick on the halfway line. Time is ebbing away.
    • 83' Barca will need to tighten up against Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final.
    • 82' Xavi is replaced by Iniesta for Barca.
    • 78' Can ten-man Barca muster a response here? Andres Iniesta is getting ready to come on.
    • 76' Tello has come on to replace Pedro for Barcelona. It's his 22nd senior game of the season.
    • 75' This match has been turned on its head, with Barca's cause not helped by the sending off of Dani Alves.
    • 73' GOAL! BETIS 2-1 BARCELONA. Castro scores his second goal as he runs onto a Santa Cruz through ball and slides a low effort beyond Valdes!
    • 72' Isidoro replaces Chico in Betis' latest substitution.
    • 70' That's Castro's 15th goal of a fine individual season.
    • 69' GOAL! BETIS 1-1 BARCELONA. Ruben Castro beats the offside trap and dinks the ball over the top of Valdes and into the net!
    • 67' Betis come close to equalising as Nacho’s cross is deflected into the six-yard box. Valdes gets in a block and Pique completes the clearance.
    • 65' Pedro dribbles to the edge of the area but can't quite thread the ball through to Pique. It was a surprise to see the defender that far up the pitch.
    • 64' Pozuelo is replaced by Nono for Betis. It's a straight swap in midfield.
    • 61' Dani Alves' suspension will carry over into the start of next season. He won't miss the Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao.
    • 59' Mascherano does well to get his head on a cross into the Barca area. He has been impressive tonight.
    • 58' Santa Cruz will now play just off Ruben Castro as Betis look to go for the kill in this game.
    • 56' Santa Cruz has come on to replace Montero for Betis while Afellay has made way for Montoya in a Barca change.
    • 53' We have match on our hands now. Betis have nothing to lose and will look to exert pressre on the Barca back four in the remaining minutes of this game.
    • 52' Dani Alves is given a second yellow card for hacking down Montero. No question about the decision and Barca will play the rest of this match with ten men.
    • 51' Ruben Castro tries to round Valdes but the Barcelona goalkeeper dives at the striker’s feet to gather the ball.
    • 50' Pereira finds himself unmarked in the area but his shot is poor and Valdes gathers comfortably.
    • 49' Montero produces a fine turen on the left but his cross lacked quality and drifts out for a goal kick.
    • 48' Casto gets down well to keep out a low left-footed effort from Keita!
    • 47' No changes for either team at half-time.
    • 46' The second-half is underway.
    • 46' That's half-time. Betis 0-1 Barcelona.
    • 45' There will be one minute of added time.
    • 44' Pedro is blocked off by Chica. Free kick Barca, but Pedro went down easily there.
    • 43' Benat's free-kick is met by the head of Alves.
    • 43' Free-kick against Mascherano for a foul on Pereira.
    • 42' The ball bends right across the face of Casto's goal and deflects away for a corner.
    • 41' Late challenge by Chica on Busquets and Xavi has a chance to bend in a free-kick here.
    • 40' Pedro easily gets away from Nacho with a clever stepover and his cross deflects across the area for a corner.
    • 39' Benat has the chance to play the ball through to Pereira but his attempt his intercepted.
    • 38' Afellay has had a decent game so far and he's in possession now.
    • 36' Afellay makes a fine run to open up the Betis defence for Messi who carries the ball into the area before seeing his shot deflected wide for a corner.
    • 35' Pereira's shot is bravely blocked on the edge of the area by Mascherano after Pique had given the ball away with a poor pass.
    • 33' Afellay forces a corner off Chica who blocks his cross into the area.
    • 31' Alves is booked for a cynical challenge. He can have no arguments.
    • 30' Adriano forces a fine diving save from Casto with a shot from the edge of the area.
    • 29' Keita finds Alves in the area but the Brazilian's cross rebounds back off him for a goal kick.
    • 28' They continue to dominate possession, although Betis have had their moments on the break.
    • 27' Messi is playing pretty deep tonight for Barcelona.
    • 25' Messi tries to slip in Dani Alves but Paulao gets his body in the way. Good defending from the Brazilian.
    • 24' Adriano gives the ball away cheaply but Barca quickly win it back.
    • 23' Benat is caught by Pedro near the touchline and Betis win the free-kick.
    • 22' Benat tries to play the ball through to Pereira but Mascherano's challenge is well timed.
    • 21' Pique nudges Pereira who flies a little theatrically into the advertising hoardings.
    • 19' Xavi bends a free-kick inches wide of Casto's left post!
    • 18' Afellay is fouled by Chica on the edge of the area and Barca have a free-kick.
    • 17' Messi fires a shot well wide of Casto's goal. Can he add to his 50 for the Liga season?
    • 16' Barcelona enjoying their usual dominance of possession. There is a leisurely pace to this game.
    • 14' This is only Pique's second start in the last 10 games in all competitions as Afellay gets treated for a finger injury.
    • 13' Pique gives away a free-kick after getting too tight on Ruben Castro.
    • 12' Fine ball in from Pereira but there was no one on the end of it for Betis.
    • 11' Good run from Afellay down the left but he is muscled out of it.
    • 9' That's Busquets' first goal of the season and what a fine header it was.
    • 8' GOAL! BETIS 0-1 BARCELONA. Sergio Busquets superbly heads a Xavi corner beyond Casto and into the far corner!
    • 6' Messi plays a superb ball to Afellay but Casto comes out to block!
    • 5' Pedro forces the first save of the game from Casto as he gets a low shot in on goal. Comfortable save.
    • 4' Good to see Afellay start tonight after his long term injury. it will be interesting to see what he can produce on the left.
    • 3' Javier Mascherano is limping after taking a knock but he'll be fine to continue.
    • 2' There is still a chance that Betis can finish above their city neighbours Sevilla.
    • 1' We are off and running in Pep Guardiola's final Liga game as Barcelona coach.
    • 20:57 If you want to talk about the game on Twitter, it's @SCoggin_journo
    • 20:55 With Barcelona having lost the Liga title to Real Madrid, the main point of interest tonight will be whether Lionel Messi can add to his 50 Liga goals this season.
    • 20:50 Victor Valdes returns in goal for Barcelona, with Jose Manuel Pinto out injured. Dutch winger Ibrahim Afellay, while Gerard Pique returns in central defence.
    • 20:45 BETIS: Casto; Chica, Paulao, Dorado, Nacho; Beñat, Cañas, Jefferson Montero, Pozuelo; Jonathan Pereira, R. Castro. Subs: Santa Cruz, Rodriguez, Super, Fabricio, J Molina, Nono, Isidoro. /// BARCELONA: Valdés, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Busquets, Keita, Xavi, Messi, Pedro, Afellay. Subs: Oier, Montoya, Bartra, Cesc, Iniesta, Cuenca, Tello.
    • 20:40 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Barcelona’s visit to the Estadio Benito to face Betis.
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  • Real Betis

    Manager: Pepe Mel

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Josep Guardiola

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