Spain Copa del Rey

Barcelona beats Betis, moves closer to Spanish league title

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.

The victory put Barcelona back in first place after both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid had won earlier. Real Madrid defeated Real Sociedad 1-0 behind a late winner by Gareth Bale, and Atletico topped Rayo Vallecano by the same score with a goal by French striker Antoine Griezmann.

Victories against Espanyol and Granada in the final two rounds will secure Barcelona its second consecutive title. Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have 85 points each, with the Catalan club ahead on the head-to-head tiebreaker. Real Madrid is one point behind with two rounds to go. All three teams have won their matches in the last three rounds.