FC Barcelona vs Real Betis : Picture gallery and best moments
The three points for Barcelona watched them go top of La Liga table, replacing Atletico Madrid, who had previously replaced Real Madrid, who had again replaced Barcelona themselves at the very start of a long day of football battle that ended with FC Barcelona vs Real Betis clash.
Sergio Busquets hooked the ball into the clash area, in search of Lionel Messi.The Argentine raced to head the ball, with goalkeeper Antonio Adan sprinting close too, to punch it clear of the spot. The goalkeeper got to the ball first, somehow whacking it to safety, but ended up colliding with Messi mere moments after, signifying the first pivotal moment of the FC Barcelona vs Real Betis match.
It was as much Messy sprinting into him as it was the other way around, but Vicandi Garrido strictly pointed to the spot, enraging Real Betis supporters and their boss Pepe Mel.
Messi, shaken by the thudding collision, was not fit to take the penalty shot, so Neymar stepped up himself and duly directed it onto the crossbar. The Brazilian unfortunately slipped as he hit it, almost appearing to strike it with both his feet – making it an illegitimate attempt – and it looped right up and hit the bar.
As the rebound ball bounced back Ivan Rakitic raced foward to turn it home, but was beaten to it by the German Heiko Westermann, who turned it almost comically into his own net, resulting to the first goal of the FC Barcelona vs Real Betis match.
Mel raged on the sidelines and was immediately sent off, while the German defender appeared to injure himself during the act of netting the own goal and had to be replaced. It left Betis vulnerable, along with their other center back Bruno hurt earlier in the game, and substituted by German Pezzella, the first one of the FC Barcelona vs Real Betis match.
Defence had been a particular area of strength for Betis, who have been powerful on the road, picking up 14 of their 20 points during their travels. Perhaps taking consideration of the Andalusian side’s fight in front of goal, Luis Enrique decided to employ his attacking trident but keeping rest of the players further back in his side, then Suarez made a second goal.
Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta were kept on the bench, with Thomas Vermaelen, Jeremy Mathieu and Sergi Roberto summoned in. The game further saw Messi and Suarez bagging a goal apiece to take the tally to 4-0.