Betis stun Barca in LaLiga

Posted: 11 November 2018 Time: 06:00 pm

Real Betis stunned FC Barcelona with a 4-3 victory in LaLiga for their first win at Camp Nou in 20 years.

Barca welcomed the return of their talisman Lionel Messi to the starting eleven after missing three weeks of action with a broken arm.

Barcelona orchestrated a few half-openings, with Messi getting goal-side for a shot near the byline of the box.

The Catalans were heavily stunned to silence as Junior Firpo beat two players to squeeze the ball at the near post of Marc Andre Ter Stegen on 19 minutes.

Paul Lopez somehow managed an outrageous one-handed save from a short free-kick taken by Messi which connected with the head of Clement Lenglet at the midway point.

Betis came forth again as Christian Tello cut inside of Gerard Pique with the aim for a bottom corner finish but Ter Stegen outstretched arm stopped it.

With Barca still attempting a come back, Betis struck again this time with Joaquin finishing off a low cross from Tello to silence the home crowd after 34 minutes.

Barca were nearly three down at the stroke of halftime, but Ter Stegen guided William Carvajal’s effort to the side-netting.

For the start of the second half, the Catalan giants made an early change with Chilean veteran Arturo Vidal coming on for Arthur Melo.

The pressure was more incensed from Betis and on a few occasions asked questions to increasing their tally.

With a lack of clear-cut chances on either side despite a few half-chances from Luis Suarez amongst others, Barca found a way back.

A penalty was awarded to them after a foul on Jordi Alba from a metre inside the box. Messi stepped forward and made no mistake with a comfortable finish.

The two-goal cushion though was quickly restored by the visitors thanks to a howler from Ter Stegen who directing Giovanni Lo Celso’s shot from the edge of the box to the net on his historic day.

But the resurgence and will-power from the Catalans rose again as Vidal’s outstretched leg connected with a cross from Munir El Haddad to direct into an empty net.

The comeback suffered a set back as Ivan Rakitic was dismissed for a second bookable offence. That led to the fourth from Betis as Sergio Canales’s perfect positioning led to a tap-in from a low cross.

Two minutes from time, Pique’s glancing header from a high cross out on the right almost found the corner but couldn’t get it on target.

A minute into added time, Barca scored again when Suarez tucked home a loose ball from a low cross to the box to round off the match, with Betis grabbing a big win.

Article by: Staff Reporter

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