FC Barcelona will still have to wait to celebrate the conquest of the 2022-2023 Finetwork League F title since their win against Atlético de Madrid (4-0) was not accompanied by a failure by Real Madrid, which prevailed (1- 3) to Betis to postpone the Barça party and practically ensure their presence in the next Champions League.

The leader fulfilled his mission at Johan Cruyff and before facing the vital event of the season with the Champions League semifinals against Chelsea (April 22 and 27) he took another step towards a title that, except for an unexpected collapse, is almost a fact after extending the number of consecutive championship wins to 60.

The champions got rid of their last league executioner, an Atlético who put up a fight during the first half, although the locals went ahead at half-time thanks to a goal from Aitana Bonmatí. After going through the changing rooms, Barça pressed and sealed the goal as soon as Vicky Pérez’s second half began, which was followed by Caroline Graham Hansen’s 3-0 score ten minutes later. Bonmatí closed the victory in minute 89, leaving the rojiblanco team with almost no chance of qualifying for the highest continental competition.

FC Barcelona needed Real Madrid not to beat Real Betis at the Luis del Sol Sports City and for many minutes they had the title in their hand. The Verdiblanco team held up well against the Real Madrid player and put the trophy very close to the Catalans with Babajide’s goal on the hour of play.

However, Alberto Toril’s team took advantage of a local error to equalize three minutes later through Caroline Weir, something that revived him and made him go for the win. The expulsion of Violeta Quiles diminished the béticas and Caroline Moeller made it 1-2 in minute 83. Olga Carmona, from a penalty, sentenced the victory that she maintains at 13 points, the same distance with the fourth, Atlético.

Nor did third-placed Levante UD fail, almost securing third place by beating Villarreal CF 3-1 in the regional derby thanks to goals from Paula Fernández, Mayra Ramírez and top scorer Alba Redondo, while Sheila Guijarro scored for the visitors to make it provisional 1-1. The ‘granotas’ could secure the Champions League next week on their visit to the mattresses, which they have ten points ahead of.

From behind, Madrid CFF and Sevilla did not go beyond a goalless draw, which was taken advantage of by a UDG Tenerife that continues to be launched and rose to sixth place after adding its fifth consecutive victory with a goal against Levante Las Planas (2-3) Bloom’s penalty in the 92nd minute.

Real Sociedad were unable to win for the third straight matchday after drawing (1-1) against Alhama CF, who fell to penultimate place after Sporting Club Huelva’s 1-2 victory against Valencia, which accumulated its fourth consecutive defeat. A penalty goal in minute 95 from Hmirova allowed the Huelva team to put an end to a losing streak of ten league games lost. The bottom team continues to be Deportivo Alavés Gloriosas, who lost to Athletic Club because of a goal in minute 95 by Oihane Valdezate.

By Lay

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