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Barcelona eight points clear after beating Betis

Published on: 01 February 2023

Raphinha has scored five goals in 28 games for Barcelona since his £55m move from Leeds United last summer

Barcelona won away at Real Betis to move eight points clear at the top of La Liga.

Betis goalkeeper Rui Silva made three saves to deny Pedri before Raphinha scored from Alejandro Balde's cross.

La Liga's top goalscorer Robert Lewandowski hit his 14th league goal of the season after Ronald Araujo's knockdown to make it 2-0.

Betis pulled one back late on through Jules Kounde's own goal but Barca held on for the victory.

After the final whistle, Betis midfielder William Carvalho was shown a red card after complaining to the referee.

The result leaves Barcelona on 50 points from 19 matches, with second-placed Real Madrid on 42 with a game in hand, while Betis are sixth, 19 points behind the leaders.

Real will close the gap to Barca back to five points if they win at home against Valencia on Thursday.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-upsReal Betis

Formation 4-2-3-1

13Dantas da Silva24Ruibal16Pezzella19Ramos Marchi20da Silva Santos5Rodríguez14William Carvalho11Rosa da Silva8Fekir10Canales9Iglesias

    13Dantas da Silva24RuibalBooked at 65minsSubstituted forSabalyat 78'minutes16Pezzella19Ramos MarchiBooked at 69mins20da Silva Santos5Rodríguez14William CarvalhoBooked at 90minsSubstituted forGuardadoat 62'minutesBooked at 67mins11Rosa da SilvaSubstituted forSánchez Rodríguezat 77'minutes8FekirSubstituted forJuanmiat 63'minutes10Canales9IglesiasSubstituted forDa Silvaat 77'minutes


    1Bravo2Montoya3González6Ruiz7Juanmi12Da Silva17Sánchez Rodríguez18Guardado23Sabaly25Martín Fernández28Sánchez Rodríguez33Miranda


Formation 4-3-3

1ter Stegen23Koundé4Araújo15Christensen28Balde21F de Jong5Busquets8Pedri22Raphinha9Lewandowski6Gavi

    1ter Stegen23Koundé4Araújo15Christensen28Balde21F de Jong5Busquets8PedriSubstituted forKessieat 90'minutes22RaphinhaSubstituted forAnsu Fatiat 80'minutes9Lewandowski6GaviSubstituted forF Torresat 84'minutes


    10Ansu Fati11F Torres13Peña Sotorres17Alonso18Alba19Kessie20Roberto24García32Torre36Tenas38Alarcón

Referee:Ricardo de Burgos BengoetxeaAttendance:48,181Match StatsHome TeamReal BetisAway TeamBarcelonaPossessionHome36%Away64%ShotsHome5Away13Shots on TargetHome1Away3CornersHome1Away6FoulsHome17Away9Live Text Post update

Match ends, Real Betis 1, Barcelona 2.


William Carvalho (Real Betis) is shown the red card.

90'+5'Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Betis 1, Barcelona 2.

90'+2'Post update

Foul by Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona).

90'+2'Post update

Germán Pezzella (Real Betis) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+1'Post update

Offside, Real Betis. Sergio Canales tries a through ball, but Juanmi is caught offside.


Substitution, Barcelona. Franck Kessie replaces Pedri.

88'Post update

Attempt missed. Sergio Canales (Real Betis) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.


Own Goal by Jules Koundé, Barcelona. Real Betis 1, Barcelona 2.


Substitution, Barcelona. Ferran Torres replaces Gavi.

83'Post update

Attempt missed. Ansu Fati (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alejandro Balde with a cross.


Substitution, Barcelona. Ansu Fati replaces Raphinha.


Goal! Real Betis 0, Barcelona 2. Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ronald Araújo following a corner.

80'Post update

Attempt missed. Ronald Araújo (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pedri with a cross following a corner.

79'Post update

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Abner.

78'Post update

Attempt missed. Raphinha (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.


Substitution, Real Betis. Youssouf Sabaly replaces Aitor Ruibal.


Substitution, Real Betis. Rodri replaces Luiz Henrique.


Substitution, Real Betis. Willian José replaces Borja Iglesias.

77'Post update

Gavi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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