Sunday January 15, 2012 Day 19 Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 4 - 2 Real Betis

  • Xavi 10’
  • Messi 12’, 86’ (pen.)
  • Sánchez 75’
  • Castro 32’
  • Santa Cruz 52’

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • Real Betis
    • - Thanks for joining us this evening!
    • 90'+2 FULL TIME. Barca with one final attack but right on cue the referee blows up for full time and Barcelona have seen off a spirited Real Betis side 4-2 to close the gap to league leaders Real Madrid to five points.
    • 90'+1 Two minutes of additional time to play...
    • 90' Betis not giving up though and Valdes is forced into a smart save from a sharp volley from Castro!
    • 89' Barca still pushing forward into the final two minutes at Camp Nou...
    • 88' Late change for Barcelona as Iniesta comes off to allow Adriano Correia a few minutes...
    • 86' GOAL BARCELONA! Messi scores his second of the night, from the penalty spot, as he slams a confident effort home to make it 4-2 to the home side.
    • 85' Dorado is booked for handball. Messi has a shot blocked, then Abidal hits the ball towards goal. Dorado is correctly adjudged to have handballed and Messi will have a go from the penalty spot...
    • 85' PENALTY FOR BARCELONA!
    • 84' Barca try to forge another opportunity but Xavi and Iniesta just fall short in their attempt to link up some very delicate approach play inside Betis' area.
    • 83' Substitution for Barcelona as Fabregas comes off to applause to be replaced by Thiago...
    • 82' Slow, patient and controlled build-up play from Barca and Xavi feeds Alves on the right. His cross is poor though and Casto gathers.
    • 81' Matilla is the latest player to go into the referee's book for a late and pointless nibble at Busquets...
    • 80' Betis nowhere near conceding defeat though and they're still pushing Barca whenever they can.
    • 78' Cruel blow for Casto to concede a goal like that after a display such as his tonight, but no time to dwell on it as Barca continue to pressure...
    • 76' Ball forward from Xavi, who brilliantly picked out Alexis' run. He brought the ball down, checked outside a Betis defender and then shot low and hard from the egde of the 18-yard area. The effort beats Casto low to his left, and the 'keeper is gutted to be beaten from there.
    • 75' GOAL BARCELONA! Alexis beats Casto from the edge of the area to make it 3-2 to Barca...
    • 75' Chance goes begging for Barca! Alves crosses to the far post for Alexis but the header is wide...
    • 74' Messi tries to pick his way through the Betis defence inside the area, but is denied at the last moment. Casto then rushes out to deny Alexis...
    • 73' A change for Betis as Ustaritz comes on for Molina...
    • 72' Messi sends the effort into the wall, and Betis clear the ball.
    • 71' Meanwhile Barca have a free-kick dead central just over 20 yards out...
    • 70' RED CARD! Mario is sent off... Second bookable offence for the Betis defender who had already been cautioned earlier. He brought Messi down in full flight, and now Betis will play with ten men for the remaining 20 minutes...
    • 69' Iniesta booked for diving!! A Cruyff turn inside the area from the Barca man and Montero trips him. There was contact, penalty appeals abound, the referee looks confused for a moment then opts to caution the Barca man for simulation!
    • 67' Great foresight by Casto who flies off his line to get a fist on the ball which Xavi lofts in for the bounding forwards Alves. The 'keeper arrives just in time...
    • 65' Barca knocking it around patiently in midfield, before Alves tries to float a cross in from the right. Fabregas receives it but cannot get a shot in, and Betis clear.
    • 63' A complete misfire from Fabregas who swings at a shot having been teed up by Iniesta.
    • 62' Barca attack and Messi loops a cross to the back post from the by-line on the right-hand side. Nobody's there however, and play rolls on...
    • 61' Barca really applying pressure on Betis and Messi wins a corner as they push on. Dealt with by the visitors, who try to initiate a counter attack which they succeed in doing. This is scintillating stuff...
    • 60' Mario picks up a booking as he flies in on Fabregas from behind.
    • 58' Messi and Iniesta try the intricate approach inside the Betis area but they just can't link it up. Barca come back in a second wave however, and the home fans are singing away as they urge their team on...
    • 57' Barca stream forward as they seek a response to Betis' equaliser. Fabregas has a shot deflected over and wins a corner, but Barca fail to trouble Casto from the delivery.
    • 57' Betis make a substitution and Matilla comes on for Sevilla...
    • 55' Save from Casto! He gets down sharply to his left as Messi fires off a shot inside the Betis area.
    • 53' A fantastic strike from Santa Cruz! Iniesta loses possession just inside Betis' half, and the away side stream forward. Santa Cruz gets on the ball early, spreads it wide to Castro on the left, who returns the ball back inside to the Paraguayan on the edge of Barca's area. He then curls a superb shot inside Valdes' left post to level things.
    • 52' GOAL BETIS! Half-time substitute Santa Cruz equalises!! 2-2.
    • 51' Iniesta brought down by Isidoro as he flies down the left side. Looked a decent challenge to me.
    • 50' It's wasted though with a shot into the wall, and Barca clear the danger.
    • 49' Ooops. Yellow card for Puyol, who handles the ball as he jumps clumsily into a challenge. All three bookings so far in this game for the same offence. Free-kick Betis in a dangerous position on the edge of the area.
    • 48' Sevilla picks up a yellow for handball, as he uses his arm to get the ball under control.
    • 47' A couple of half-time changes to inform you about, one for each team. Barcelona bring on Dani Alves in place of youngster Cuenca, and Betis replace Iriney with Roque Santa Cruz.
    • 46' KICK OFF. We're back on at Camp Nou...
    • 45' HALF TIME. Right on the stroke of the 45th minute. A great first half with both sides playing well going forward. Stick with us for what promises to be an interesting second half... We'll be back very shortly!
    • 44' Messi booked now for handball... Barca attack and Cuenca dinks a cross in from the right wing, which Messi controls, intentionally, with his arm.
    • 43' Iriney gets the first booking of the night as he tries to peel Busquets' face off. He was all over the Barca man there, some great fouling...
    • 42' Good first-time cross from the right by Montero which is cut out by Barca. Betis maintaining a good rhythm as half time approaches.
    • 40' Fabregas is brought down by Nacho when in full flight in midfield. Lucky to escape without a booking, the Betis man.
    • 39' It ends up with Montero getting a shot in which is deflected behind for a Betis corner. Molina gets a head on the delivery but it sails over. He's been causing the home defence problems throughout this half...
    • 38' Puyol feels the pressure from Molina as he handles a pass forward while trying to steer the danger away. Free-kick for Betis on the left side...
    • 36' Barca coming right back at Betis, and both sides are a joy to watch when going forward. This is a great game, with both teams intent on pushing forward.
    • 35' That is also the first goal Barcelona have conceded at Camp Nou in La Liga this season...
    • 34' No less than Betis deserve, for the way they have played and tried to attack. They've made a few good chances so far, and that's their reward.
    • 33' Molina goes through on goal for a one on one with Valdes, but is forced wide. He does well to hold the ball up for a moment, passes back to Sevilla who then feeds it in to Castro for a simple tap in. Appeals for offside from the Barca defence, but he was well onside and it's 2-1!
    • 32' GOAL BETIS! Castro pulls one back for the visitors!
    • 30' Superb threaded pass through for Alexis by Messi, but the Chilean treads on the ball and falls as he tries to turn quickly.
    • 28' Cuenca tries to put in a cross from the right but the youngster's effort is too close to 'keeper Casto who gathers at his near post.
    • 27' Barca mount another attack which Dorado manages to break up with a hacked clearance.
    • 25' Some nice build-up play from Barca there as Alexis cuts the ball in off the left to Messi, who helps it further inside to Fabregas. The former Arsenal man tries to scoop an inventive pass over the top in return for Messi, but it's misplaced.
    • 23' Make no mistake, Betis are looking good when coming forward, but they are struggling to deal with Barca's fluid midfield creativity when on the backfoot. But then again they're not the first team who have had that problem...
    • 22' And Montero sets up Castro with a shot which the forward places over Valdes' crossbar! Decent chance, the difference so far being that Barca have gobbled theirs up while Betis have squandered what they've created.
    • 21' Montero goes on a good run for Betis and is brought down by Busquets, winning a free-kick.
    • 19' Some silky midfield passing play from Barca as Iniesta, Xavi and Fabregas all link effortlessly, involving Alexis too. Barca settled and in control.
    • 17' Audacious effort from Iniesta! The Barca midfielder tries a lob from 40 yards, but a shell-shocked Casto is alert to keep it out.
    • 16' Messi goes on a driving run from halfway and by the time he reaches the Betis area he is surrounded by three defenders, who manage to snuff him out.
    • 15' Betis unable to deal with Barca's running from midfield. Iniesta is tackled inside the Betis area as he tries to surge in once more.
    • 14' After a strong start from Betis in which Pepe Mel's side had two good chances, Barca have been clinical and unforgiving with theirs to score twice in two minutes.
    • 13' Brutal, ruthless stuff from the hosts. They mount an attack almost immediately after the restart, and Iniesta plays Alexis in down the left. His hard, low cross is inch-perfect for the incoming Messi to score from close range!
    • 12' GOAL BARCELONA! My word, Messi slams one in. Devastating. 2-0.
    • 11' Alexis Sanchez with a great pass to tee up Fabregas inside the six yard area. The midfielder hits the post with his shot and Xavi is there for the rebound. After a good start from Betis they're a goal down inside ten minutes.
    • 10' GOAL BARCELONA! Their first attack of the game and Xavi puts the home side 1-0 up!
    • 8' Save from Valdes! Molina gets a strong header on the delivery from the corner and Valdes is alert at his near post to keep it out. Great start from the away side...
    • 7' Molina is put in one on one with Valdes by Sevilla, but the Barca keeper stands strong to deny him with a good save!
    • 5' Iniesta with a nice, penetrating run down the left. He gets to the by-line and wins a corner.
    • 3' Molina is caught offside for the visitors as he looked to latch onto Sevilla's through ball.
    • 2' Castro with a little run into Barca's area, but Valdes collects easily.
    • 1' KICK OFF... And we are underway.
    • 20:30 Messi shows off his Balon d’Or to the adoring Camp Nou crowd, and we’re nearly ready for the off…
    • 20:28 The players head out onto the pitch, and the Barca squad are sporting t-shirts with a message of support for Andreu Fontás, their young team-mate who was stretchered off during the 2-1 Copa del Rey win over Osasuna with a suspected cruciate ligament injury to his right knee.
    • 20:25 Edging closer to kick off now, just five minutes to go…
    • 20:15 Guardiola clearly with one eye on Wednesday’s quarter-final first leg game at El Bernabeu against Real Madrid, with the likes of Pique and Alves starting tonight’s game on the bench.
    • 20:10 Real Betis boss Pepe Mel’s choice: Casto Barriga, Isidoro Gómez, Chechu Dorado, Mario Álvarez, Nacho Pérez, Iriney Santos, José Alberto Cañas, Salva Sevilla, Jefferson Montero, Rubén Castro, Jorge Molina… Subs: Fabri Agosto, Ustaritz Aldekoaotalora, Juanma Gómez, Javier Matilla, Sergio Rodríguez, Jonathan Pereira, Roque Santa Cruz.
    • 20:05 TEAM NEWS coming in from Camp Nou, and Pep Guardiola’s starting XI will be: Víctor Valdés, Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano, Eric Abidal, Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernández, Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fábregas, Alexis Sánchez, Isaac Cuenca, Lionel Messi… Subs: José Manuel Pinto, Dani Alves, Gerard Piqué, Adriano Correia, Thiago Alcántara, Jonathan Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto.
    • 20:00 Kick off for this one is at 8.30pm UK time. Big game for Barca of course, who now sit eight points behind leaders Real Madrid in La Liga after Jose Mourinho’s team won 2-1 at Mallorca last night.
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  • Summary

    • 90' Betis not giving up though and Valdes is forced into a smart save from a sharp volley from Castro!
    • 86' GOAL BARCELONA! Messi scores his second of the night, from the penalty spot, as he slams a confident effort home to make it 4-2 to the home side.
    • 85' PENALTY FOR BARCELONA!
    • 76' Ball forward from Xavi, who brilliantly picked out Alexis' run. He brought the ball down, checked outside a Betis defender and then shot low and hard from the egde of the 18-yard area. The effort beats Casto low to his left, and the 'keeper is gutted to be beaten from there.
    • 75' GOAL BARCELONA! Alexis beats Casto from the edge of the area to make it 3-2 to Barca...
    • 75' Chance goes begging for Barca! Alves crosses to the far post for Alexis but the header is wide...
    • 70' RED CARD! Mario is sent off... Second bookable offence for the Betis defender who had already been cautioned earlier. He brought Messi down in full flight, and now Betis will play with ten men for the remaining 20 minutes...
    • 53' A fantastic strike from Santa Cruz! Iniesta loses possession just inside Betis' half, and the away side stream forward. Santa Cruz gets on the ball early, spreads it wide to Castro on the left, who returns the ball back inside to the Paraguayan on the edge of Barca's area. He then curls a superb shot inside Valdes' left post to level things.
    • 52' GOAL BETIS! Half-time substitute Santa Cruz equalises!! 2-2.
    • 33' Molina goes through on goal for a one on one with Valdes, but is forced wide. He does well to hold the ball up for a moment, passes back to Sevilla who then feeds it in to Castro for a simple tap in. Appeals for offside from the Barca defence, but he was well onside and it's 2-1!
    • 32' GOAL BETIS! Castro pulls one back for the visitors!
    • 22' And Montero sets up Castro with a shot which the forward places over Valdes' crossbar! Decent chance, the difference so far being that Barca have gobbled theirs up while Betis have squandered what they've created.
    • 17' Audacious effort from Iniesta! The Barca midfielder tries a lob from 40 yards, but a shell-shocked Casto is alert to keep it out.
    • 13' Brutal, ruthless stuff from the hosts. They mount an attack almost immediately after the restart, and Iniesta plays Alexis in down the left. His hard, low cross is inch-perfect for the incoming Messi to score from close range!
    • 12' GOAL BARCELONA! My word, Messi slams one in. Devastating. 2-0.
    • 11' Alexis Sanchez with a great pass to tee up Fabregas inside the six yard area. The midfielder hits the post with his shot and Xavi is there for the rebound. After a good start from Betis they're a goal down inside ten minutes.
    • 10' GOAL BARCELONA! Their first attack of the game and Xavi puts the home side 1-0 up!
    • 8' Save from Valdes! Molina gets a strong header on the delivery from the corner and Valdes is alert at his near post to keep it out. Great start from the away side...
    • 7' Molina is put in one on one with Valdes by Sevilla, but the Barca keeper stands strong to deny him with a good save!

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  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Josep Guardiola

  • Real Betis

    Manager: Pepe Mel

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