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Rakitic, Suarez Power Barca To Victory

FC Barcelona reclaimed top spot in La Liga with a 2-0 win over Real Betis thanks to second-half goals from Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez. 
The hosts were presented with a chance to open the scoring after just five minutes, as Ruben Castro's effort deflected over the crossbar.
Barcelona fashioned their first opening in the 20th minute, as Neymar squared the Andres Iniesta, who sliced his effort wide of the mark.
Betis were then reduced to 10 men in the 35th minute when Heiko Westermann picked up his second yellow card in the space of seven minutes.
Despite Barcelona's numerical advantage, the score remained level as the sides entered the break.
However, the visitors broke the deadlock five minutes into the second half, as Pazzella's failed clearance fell to Rakitic, who made no mistake from close range, 1-0.
Barcelona struggled to get their usual game going and had to wait until the 77th minute for their next chance, as Adnan produced a fine save to deny Luis Suarez from close range.
Suarez eventually got his name on the score-sheet in the 81st minute, as the Uruguayan latched onto a fine pass from Messi, before calmly slotting firing past Adnan, 2-0.
Luis Enrique's charges managed to see out the remaining stages with relative ease and have now moved back to the summit of the table with two games remaining.


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