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Guardiola leaps to Alves defence

13 May 2012 04:08

Pep Guardiola has defended Dani Alves after the Brazilian's ill-discipline saw him sent off in Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Real Betis.

The right-back was given his second yellow card after a lunge into Jefferson Montero early in the second half.

Barca led 1-0 at that stage before conceding twice in the space of four second-half minutes.

The Catalans required a last-gasp Seydou Keita equaliser to prevent them from slumping to a surprise defeat in Guardiola's last league match in charge.

Guardiola conceded the Alves sending off saw his side lose control of the game.

"In the first half we played very well," Guardiola said after the game.

"However, we lost control at the start of the second half and after Alves' sending off it was another game.

Asked about talk of Alves leaving the La Liga giants, Guardiola said he would not dispense of the 29-year-old if he were still coaching next season.

"Alves exit rumours? It's not up to me anymore, but for me he is irreplaceable," Guardiola said.

Guardiola will lead Barcelona one last time when they meet Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final on May 25.

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Info

Competition
Primera División
Date
12 May 2012
Game week
38
Kick-off
22:00
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Estadio Benito Villamarín (Sevilla)
Attendance
37000

Goals

0 - 1
9' Busquets
 (assist by Xavi)
Rubén Castro 71'
(assist by R. Santa Cruz) 
1 - 1
Rubén Castro 75'
(assist by Beñat) 
2 - 1
2 - 2
90'+1 S. Kéita
 (assist by Martín Montoya)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
23
17
12
5
10 81'
21 90'
35
9
24 71' 75'
20
Coach: Pepe Mel
# Player Bookings
1
2 32' 53'
21
3
14
6
15 90+1'
20
16 9'
10
17
Coach: Guardiola

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
16
29
2
19
25
28
39
# Player Bookings
35
37
8
4
23
32
36

Friday 31 October

Thursday 30 October

22:44
22:34
19:59
19:31
19:20
19:07
18:50
18:31
18:28
18:11
18:10
18:07
18:05
17:33
17:18
17:12
17:02
17:00
16:19
16:02
16:02
15:45
15:30
15:12
13:53
13:30
13:01
12:44
12:40
12:37
12:23
12:16
12:09
12:08
12:00
11:54
11:48
11:45
11:39
11:33
11:30
11:17
11:00
10:04
09:58
09:47
09:39
06:03
05:44
04:52
04:45
04:37
03:57
03:34
02:53
02:51
02:03
01:43
00:35
00:18
00:17
00:09
00:04
00:00
00:00

Wednesday 29 October

23:52
23:31
23:00
22:59
22:54
22:49
22:47
22:39
22:25
21:51
20:50
20:32
20:27
19:29
19:14
18:18
17:58
17:49
17:40
17:23
16:46
16:30
15:25
14:50
14:15
14:04
13:20
13:04
12:36
12:22
11:08
11:05
10:39
10:35
09:31
06:45
05:05
03:04
01:31
01:31
00:09
00:03

Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 9 +20 22
2 9 +8 22
3 9 +23 21
4 9 +12 20
5 9 +8 20
6 9 +5 16
7 9 +3 15
8 9 +4 14
9 9 -5 11
10 9 -1 10
11 9 -2 10
12 9 -7 10
13 9 -3 9
14 9 -7 9
15 9 -6 8
16 9 -8 8
17 9 -4 6
18 9 -8 5
19 9 -13 5
20 9 -19 5

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