FC Barcelona vs Real Betis : Match report and analysis
Barcelona ended the year 2015 on a high note with an emphatic 4-0 victory against Real Betis.
The match began with a few minute delay as Barcelona displayed all five trophies won in 2015 to the enthusiastic Camp Nou crowd, with the inclusion of the Club World Cup trophy just 10 days ago.
The first goal was sort of a product of congestion following a misguided shot at the net. The referee Iñaki Vicandi Garrido pointed strictly to the penalty spot after a rather brutal clash between Adan and Messi, even as Adan clearly got to the ball at first, but Garrido might have taken into consideration as to how Messi’s body whipped from the thudding contact. Neymar took responsibility for the kick himself, but he slipped in the crucial moment unfortunately and let his attempt sail fruitlessly into the crossbar. The ball bounced right back into play where Rakitić and Westermann charged forward to the rebound. The German eventually won the race, but his touch, under pressure from that of Rakitić, was poor and the ball finally ended up in his own net.
In the 33rd minute Barcelona were finally able to outplay defensive line to double their lead. Neymar and Messi played a splendid one-two in-between a handful of defenders to avail the Brazilian into a good position to take the shot, but he rather opted for the unselfish move to trace Messi who sprinted swiftly in front of the goal for a simple tap in.
The second half began with a bang as not even after a full minute Barcelona were up 3-0. After a poor Mathieu having been passed stopped Barcelona’s attack, Busquets did very well to intercept an errant Alfred N’Diaye pass and quickly played Suarez though alone on goal then. This time Suarez didn’t make the any mistake.
Neymar sent a fabulously spinning back-heel back to Suarez who finished the turn with a calm shot to the back of the net which turned out to be Barcelona’s final goal of 2015.