Robert Lewandowski marked his return to Barcelona's starting line-up with a goal which proves crucial at the end of a 2-1 win over Real Betis to take lead to eight points at the top of the La Liga summit.
The goal took Lewandowski's tally to 14 goals in La Liga, and 24 goals in all competitions.
The match was dominated by Barcelona's possession and attacking play, but Betis had chances on the counter-attack. Raphinha broke the deadlock in the 65th minute, followed by a goal from Lewandowski 15 minutes later.
Despite a late push from Betis with an own goal from Kounde, Barcelona held on for the win. Manager Xavi Hernandez was pleased with the team's performance, calling it one of their best games of the season.
Hernandez said, "We played one of the best games of the season. I am very satisfied." The win solidifies Barcelona's position as La Liga leaders and puts more pressure on Real Madrid to retain the title.
Another sight for Barca fans was Gavi as he adorn his new No. 6 jersey although his night ended with a substitution in the 84th minute after a well-composed game from the youngster.
This victory keeps Barcelona in the lead of La Liga and adds pressure on Real Madrid to keep up with their arch-rivals. The team's next match is against Sevilla on Sunday.