MADRID (AP) — Barcelona scored two second-half goals to defeat 10-man Real Betis 2-0 on Saturday and move closer to winning the Spanish league title.
Ivan Rakitic scored in the 50th minute after a defensive blunder and Luis Suarez added his league-leading 35th goal in the 81st to seal the victory.
The win put the Catalan club back in first place after both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid had won earlier.
Lionel Messi set up both Barcelona goals at the Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville.
Real Betis played a man down from the 37th after Heiko Westermann was sent off with consecutive yellow cards.
Victories in the derby against Espanyol and at Granada in the final two rounds will secure Barcelona its second consecutive title.