Head coach Xavi Hernandez had earlier said that his team Barcelona would give the guard of honor to Copa del Rey champions Real Betis. Xavi’s words did not deviate. Just before the start of the match at the Betis ground on Saturday, Barcelona gave the honorary guard of honor.
However, naturally, the two teams did not have this style of courtesy in the field game. Xavier’s side beat Betis 2-1 at home in extra time after a hard-fought battle. Thanks to this victory, the Catalan club has also confirmed the ticket for the Champions League next season.
Barca had to leave Europe for the group stage of the Champions League this season. They could not take advantage there. Excluded from the quarter finals. However, they are returning to the Champions League next season after securing the top four in Spanish La Liga.
Betis took a tough test of Barcelona at home on Saturday night. Both teams have scored 5 shots along the target throughout the match. However, Betis had 14 shots for goals against Barcelona’s 11. The host club has attacked whenever it gets a chance.
However, the goal did not match in the first half. In the 75th minute of the second half, Xavi picked up Ferran Torres and fielded Ansu Fati. The young forward took just one minute to lead the team on the field. He took control of the ball in the first touch and wrapped the ball in the net with a perfect shot of the right foot in the second touch.
However, Bar্সa was only 3 minutes ahead. Betis equalized in the 69th minute of the match. Former Barcelona defender Mark Batra made the scoreline 1-1 with a header from Nabil Fekir’s free kick. With this goal, the match continues to draw.
However, Barcelona secured the victory in the fourth minute of extra time after the final 90 minutes. Another defender, Jersey Alba, led Barca to victory with a great volley from the cross of veteran defender Dani Alves. Which confirms the Barেরa Champions League ticket.
After this victory, Barcelona has collected 69 points in 35 matches. In the meantime, Real, which has become the champion, has 61 points in 34 matches. Betis is in fifth place with 56 points in a match equal to Bara. Their Champions League tickets are pretty much uncertain.