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Guardiola pleased with Afellay return

13 May 2012 16:18

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on Ibrahim Afellay in his return to action against Real Betis on Saturday.

The Dutchman featured for the first time since sustaining a knee injury in September and lasted 58 minutes before Guardiola opted to replace him for tactical reasons.

And Guardiola coach believes that Afellay's return is good news for Netherlands ahead of Euro 2012.

"He played very well. He participated, he had a chance to score and he didn’t lose any balls," Guardiola said.

"With (Dani) Alves' red card, I preferred to sub him out to avoid fatigue.

Anyway, it's good news for the Dutch national team and for the future."

The 41-year-old then went on to praise Seydou Keita, who netted the equaliser in the 2-2 draw in the closing minutes of the game.

"He (Keita) probably deserves more. He’s a very important player. He gives us things that other midfielders don't have. I’m pleased with his game."

Barcelona will now turn their attention to the upcoming Copa del Rey final against Athletic Bilbao 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

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