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Barcelona beat Alaves 2-0 to close on La Liga title

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Luis Suarez (second from right) scored his 22nd La Liga goal of the season from the penalty spot

Barcelona moved to within touching distance of the La Liga title with a comfortable victory at Alaves.

After a goalless first half, midfielder Carles Alena, 21, opened the scoring with a close-range finish following a sweeping attack by the visitors.

Barcelona were awarded a penalty soon after following a VAR handball review and Uruguay's Luis Suarez converted.

Victory means Barcelona will be confirmed as champions on Wednesday if Atletico Madrid lose to Valencia.

The reigning champions are 12 points clear of Atletico, who have five games remaining.

While Atletico could potentially still finish level on points with their title rivals even if they slip up on Wednesday, Barcelona will win the title by virtue of a better head-to-head record between the two sides.

The result may mean Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde rests players against Levante at the weekend before next week's Champions League semi-final with Liverpool.

Valverde perhaps already had one eye on the first leg against Jurgen Klopp's side on Wednesday by opting to start Lionel Messi on the bench at Alaves.

The Argentina forward came on just after an hour and went closest to scoring his 34th league goal of the season with a powerful strike from a tight angle that was tipped over by Alaves goalkeeper Pacheco.

Line-ups

Alavés

  • 1Pacheco
  • 2Vigaray
  • 5Laguardia
  • 4ElySubstituted forTwumasiat 71'minutes
  • 15Navarro JiménezBooked at 56mins
  • 3Duarte
  • 9RolanSubstituted forBrasanacat 45'minutes
  • 22Wakaso
  • 8PinaBooked at 90mins
  • 23Rodríguez MenéndezBooked at 33minsSubstituted forGuidettiat 81'minutes
  • 18Bastón

Substitutes

  • 10Guidetti
  • 13Sivera
  • 17Marín
  • 19García Sánchez
  • 20Brasanac
  • 21Aguirregabiria
  • 24Twumasi

Barcelona

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 2Nélson SemedoSubstituted forAlbaat 70'minutes
  • 3Piqué
  • 23Umtiti
  • 20Roberto
  • 22Vidal
  • 5Busquets
  • 21AleñáSubstituted forArthurat 87'minutes
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forMessiat 61'minutes
  • 9Suárez
  • 7CoutinhoBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 8Arthur
  • 10Messi
  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Malcom
  • 15Lenglet
  • 18Alba
  • 24Vermaelen
Referee:
Adrián Cordero Vega
Attendance:
18,735

Match Stats

Home TeamAlavésAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home23%
Away77%
Shots
Home6
Away16
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Alavés 0, Barcelona 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Alavés 0, Barcelona 2.

Booking

Tomás Pina (Alavés) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Coutinho (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomás Pina (Alavés).

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jordi Alba.

Arthur (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Guidetti (Alavés).

Corner, Alavés. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

Attempt missed. Coutinho (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Arthur replaces Carles Aleñá.

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

Foul by Carlos Vigaray (Alavés).

Luis Suárez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mubarak Wakaso (Alavés).

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. John Guidetti replaces Jony.

Attempt missed. Borja Bastón (Alavés) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Carlos Vigaray with a cross.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Fernando Pacheco (Alavés) because of an injury.

Booking

Coutinho (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Luis Suárez.

Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Borja Bastón (Alavés).

Attempt missed. Jony (Alavés) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jony (Alavés).

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Mubarak Wakaso (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Carles Aleñá (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tomás Pina (Alavés).

Attempt missed. Darko Brasanac (Alavés) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Tomás Pina with a headed pass.

Substitution

Substitution, Alavés. Patrick Twumasi replaces Rodrigo Ely.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jordi Alba replaces Nélson Semedo.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Fernando Pacheco.

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Carles Aleñá.

Attempt blocked. Mubarak Wakaso (Alavés) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrigo Ely with a headed pass.

Foul by Carles Aleñá (Barcelona).

Darko Brasanac (Alavés) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona).

Borja Bastón (Alavés) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Scores, Results & Fixtures

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona34248285325380
2Atl Madrid33208548212768
3Real Madrid33204959382164
4Getafe331412743291454
5Valencia331216538281052
6Sevilla331571154421252
7Ath Bilbao33111393640-446
8Alavés341210123544-946
9Real Betis33127143945-643
10Espanyol33119133948-942
11Real Sociedad331011123941-241
12Leganés331011123338-541
13Eibar34913124247-540
14Villarreal33812134246-436
15Real Valladolid34811152947-1835
16Celta Vigo3398164756-935
17Girona34810163447-1334
18Levante33810154761-1434
19Huesca34611173755-1829
20Rayo Vallecano3377193657-2128
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