Barcelona 3-4 Betis: Real Betis ends Barcelona unbeaten home run

La Liga

Fact: Barcelona have not lost at the Camp Nou to Real Betis in the Spanish La-Liga since 1984.


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Barcelona suffered their first home defeat in more than two years in the La Liga.

The Catalonia club welcomed Real Betis to the Camp Nou but failed to get an impressive result at the end of ninety minutes.

Despite Barcelona’s talisman Lionel Messi’s brace on the evening, they lost to their visitors 4-3.

First half goals from Adames [20’’] and Joaquin in the 34th minute gave Real Betis an early 2-0 lead and it remained

that way as both teams retired for half time break.

The home side began the second half in a promising manner as Messi and Suarez both laced shots in the

goal keeper’s direction’

Their efforts finally paid off as Tello was penalized for a foul on Jordi Alba who drove into the opponent’s

18-yard box.

However, Messi pulled one back a little after the one hour mark in the 68th as he duly dispatched the

spot-kick into the top corner.

Barcelona sinks at Camp Nou

Barcelona surged on with hopes of getting the second goal but had a shocker in the minutes later when goalkeeper

Marc-Andre Stegen made an error.

Stegen let a shot from Giovani Celso slip through his hands and Real Betis were up by 3-1.

Though substitute Arturo Vidal narrowed the lead on 79 minutes, but Barcelona’s woes only got worse as Ivan

Rakitic was sent off in the 81st minute for a second bookable offense.

And shortly after the send -off, Real Betis’ Sergio Canales made it 4-2 making it almost impossible for a Barcelona comeback.

Messi finished off a flowing move in stoppage time to make it 4-3, but the visitors held on to the lead to deal

Barcelona a terrible blow.

Lastly, Barcelona had suffered their first defeat at the Camp Nou in La Liga since they lost in September 2016 to Alaves.

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La Liga: Match day 12 of 38

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