FC Barcelona vs Real Betis : full highlights and all goals
Lionel Messi was right on target for Barcelona in his incredible 500th appearance for the Catalan big gun as they cruised to a 4-0 win over Real Betis at Camp Nou with Luis Suarez bagging a double in the FC Barcelona vs Real Betis match.
Betis’ day started to unravel with 27 minutes on the clock as keeper Adan was harshly punished due to the collision with Messi while trying to make a clearance. Neymar missed the subsequent penalty surprisingly but Heiko Westermann conceded an upsetting own goal as he tried to get the rebound clear, all happening in the FC Barcelona vs Real Betis match.
Messi then doubled the lead, and Luis Enrique’s squad further extended their advantage in the FC Barcelona vs Real Betis match mere 55 seconds after the restart as Luis Suarez converted Sergio Busquets’ pass, the Uruguayan comfortably firing home Barca’s 179th goal of this calendar year – eclipsing the previous Spanish record established in 2014 by Real Madrid.
Suarez quickly added the third to the tally in the opening minute of the second half as Betis were rightfully punished for giving the ball away, Busquets passing to the striker who made no mistake from a close range.
A Messi-Suarez-Neymar treble nearly arrived home on the hour as Betis’ defence began to give away gradually under the pressure, however the latter’s attempt struck the post while Lionel Messi was denied by Adan from the rebound shot.
With victory secured enough, Barca turned on the style move and Messi, Suarez and Alves all went closer to adding a fourth, but the confident Adan and his crossbar always kept them at bay .
The fourth did come in the final minutes, though, as a clinical Barca move ended with a Neymar backheel to Suarez, who wrapped up the victory with his second.
Victory ensures Barcelona finish the year 2015 top of the Liga table; while Betis – who witness coach Pepe Mel sent off for his protest against the penalty decision – reflect on a frustrating fourth league game without a victory as they remain in the bottom half.