Saturday April 5, 2014 Day 32 Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 3 - 1 Real Betis

  • Messi 15’ (pen.), 86’
  • Figueras 67’ (o.g.)
  • Castro 68’

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  1. Liga - Messi scores two as Barcelona beat Betis

    Liga - Messi scores two as Barcelona beat Betis

    Barcelona beat bottom-of-the-table Real Betis in an easy 3-1 victory, meaning they stay one point behind leaders Atletico Madrid. More

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • Real Betis
    • 90+4' That's full time. Barcelona were by no means impressive, but they didn't have to be against a Betis side of limited ambition and ability.
    • 90+3' Barca break, Fabregas picks up the ball on the edge of the box, takes a touch inside onto his right, and curls a shot just past the post.
    • 90' Barca are in total control now. Alves sends in a cross from deep, but it drifts out of play.
    • 88' Alex Song replaces Xavi.
    • 86' GOAL! Barcelona 3-1 Betis. Messi jogs towards the goal, and blasts it to his right. Adan does well to dive and beat it away, but Messi follows up and squeezes through Adan's reflex save.
    • 85' Penalty for Barcelona. Neymar sends in a cross and it's handballed by Amaya.
    • 83' Braian replaces Baptistao. Mascherano concedes a free kick 35 yards out.
    • 82' Messi bursts through on goal but a last minute challenge concedes a corner instead.
    • 80' Alves gives away a foul with a terrible tackle on the halfway line. He really should be sent off for such a reckless challenge, but isn't even booked.
    • 79' Pedro is swapped for Neymar, and Fabregas replaces Iniesta.
    • 78' Barcelona are camped in the United half. Pedro is found with a wonderful through-ball to the left, and he sends the ball back across goal, but is found offside.
    • 76' Barcelona head the ball out from Nono's cross, and he takes the corner on the left. Barca clear.
    • 75' Betis win a free kick 35 yards out, and Fabregas gets ready to come on soon.
    • 74' Alves cuts the ball back for Messi on the edge of the box, but he can't bring it under control and the ball is out for a goal kick.
    • 70' Juanfran clatters Pedro on the left, and Barcelona will have the chance to clear.
    • 68' GOAL! Barcelona 2-1 Betis. Ruben Castro picks up a loose ball, runs to his right and into the box, and pulls a low shot past Pinto's dive to the right.
    • 67' GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Betis. Goal for Barcelona as Adriano aims a through ball for Messi's run inside the box. Figueras lunges to keep the ball away from him, but sends the ball past a wrong-footed Adan.
    • 63' Alves chips a ball over the top for Pedro to chase, but it's too long.
    • 61' Vadillo is swapped for Molina, and Ruben replaces Cedrick.
    • 59' Lolo Reyes is booked for dragging Xavi down as he broke forward.
    • 58' Vadillo crosses across the face of goal, but with two players waiting in the box, he misses everything.
    • 55' This is fairly boring stuff. Barcelona try a long ball over the top for Sanchez, but this time he's unable to bring it down.
    • 53' Alves boots Vadillo from behind, when it wasn't really necessary, and now Betis have a free kick on the left wing. Betis attack the cross from deep, from Juan Carlos, but it's out for a goal kick.
    • 51' Messi lines up a free kick 25 yards from goal, but it's Xavi who takes, and his curling shot glances the crossbar.
    • 49' Barcelona attack with Sanchez down the right, but the ball is quickly spread left to Iniesta. And then Barcelona do more passing.
    • 47' Betis have the ball for most of the opening stages, but then send it long.
    • 46' The second half begins. If Barcelona don't score more then... they'll probably win 1-0.
    • 45+1' That's half time. See you in fifteen minutes.
    • 45' Alves hoofs the ball clear. It's thrilling stuff, you'll agree. Busquets is playing lovely stuff, with close control taking the ball away from two markers earlier.
    • 43' Barcelona defend the corner easily. It does, though, demonstrate, that they will be taking a risk as long as they only have a one goal advantage.
    • 42' Vadillo is tackled by Xavi on the edge of the box and Betis have a corner.
    • 41' Great chance for Messi. Iniesta slides the ball to his right, and Messi faces down on goal from the D, and curls his shot a fraction wide.
    • 39' Busquets comes in with a wonderful sliding tackle on Baptistao to avert a Betis break when he was the last man. He's much better at playing football than he is at being objectionable.
    • 38' They're still passing.
    • 36' Adriano has the ball played back to him on the left, and he has room for a shot from distance, but it's deflected wide. Nothing comes from the corner.
    • 34' Messi goes on a great run through the penalty area and flicks a ball into the box, but it's straight into a defender.
    • 33' Xavi has a shot deflected wide, and wins a corner. The corner is easily cleared by the Betis defence.
    • 32' This is a staggeringly dull game.
    • 31' Iniesta toes the ball over the top to Sanchez, but it's just overhit.
    • 30' Betis have a spell of possession, which ends when Vadillo backheels into the Barca defence.
    • 29' Barcelona are playing the ball around the defence, edging forwards, and looking for an opening.
    • 27' Betis burst forward down the left, and this time Vadillo volleys miles over when the ball drops to him outside the box.
    • 26' Vadillo cuts onto his right foot in the box, and he curls a shot into the arms of Pinto. What a risible ponytail he has.
    • 25' Dani Alves collects a ball over the top on the right wing, but he can't control it and the keeper comes out to collect.
    • 24' Barcelona are keeping the ball for a change, but aren't stretching Betis just yet.
    • 22' Barcelona are keeping the ball easily. They have those triangles in midfields that pseuds are obsessed with. A loose ball from Xavi for Adriano, and the attack is over.
    • 20' Barcelona almost have a second. Pedro slides a ball across the face of goal, and it bounces off the toe of a defender, just out of reach of Alves.
    • 19' Cedrick has a little space as he runs towards goal, but drags his shot wide of goal, and it poses no threat.
    • 17' Sanchez curls a lazy ball into the box, and Adan claims easily.
    • 16' Sanchez brings down another high ball in the box, this time with his chest, but he's offside. At the other end, Betis send a shot wide.
    • 15' GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Betis. Messi scores. Messi strolls towards the goal, waits for Adan to commit to his left, and slides the ball down a couple of yards to the other side.
    • 14' Sanchez finds his way into the box, twisting and turning past five defenders. He is going one way, then another, and is tripped in the box. The referee takes his time and points to the spot. It was wonderful control from Sanchez to bring down the ball in the first place.
    • 11' Xavi runs onto a square ball just outside the box and slices a shot to the corner that Adan dives across smartly to save. The pressure has started.
    • 10' Bartra meets the corner but heads it well over the bar.
    • 9' A brilliant pass over the top from Xavi for Sanchez, but he can't turn the ball towards goal. He has his socks rolled over his knees. A disgrace.
    • 8' Betis have the ball! Oh no they've lost it.
    • 7' Barcelona have the ball. In fact, just assume they have the ball unless I say otherwise.
    • 6' Iniesta finds Messi, who tries to turn the ball forward for Sanchez, but he's offside.
    • 5' Barcelona, as you might imagine, are having most of the possession.
    • 3' Betis have a corner after Bartra shepherds the ball behind under pressure. It comes to nothing and Barcelona look to break down the left.
    • 1' We kick off, and Barcelona will look to batter Betis with the minimum of fuss.
    • 16:55 FT: Atletico 1-0 Villarreal. Raul Garcia's goal puts Atletico four points clear for now - Barca really need a win here.
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    • 16:50 For web users only - Real Betis warming up pre-match.
    • 16:45 So Neymar is on the bench for this match, with Alexis Sanchez starting instead. Cesc also sits on the sidelines as Pedro starts.
    • 16:40 TEAMS - Barca: Pinto, Alves, Mascherano, Bartra, Adriano, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Alexis; Subs: Oier, Montoya, Song, Sergi Roberto, Cesc, Tello, Neymar /// Betis: Adan, Juanfran, Amaya, Jordi, Juan Carlos, N’Diaye, Lolo Reyes, Nono, Cedrick, Vadillo, Baptistao; Subs: Sara, Chica, Paulao, Molina, Rubén Castro, Braian, Ceballo
    • 16:35 Atletico Madrid are 1-0 up against Villarreal with 15 minutes left. If that stays as is, Barca have to win to keep in touch with the surprise Liga leaders.
    • 16:30 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Barcelona's Liga clash with Real Betis, kick-off 5pm UK time and 6pm CET.
  • Summary

    • 86' GOAL! Barcelona 3-1 Betis. Messi jogs towards the goal, and blasts it to his right. Adan does well to dive and beat it away, but Messi follows up and squeezes through Adan's reflex save.
    • 85' Penalty for Barcelona. Neymar sends in a cross and it's handballed by Amaya.
    • 82' Messi bursts through on goal but a last minute challenge concedes a corner instead.
    • 68' GOAL! Barcelona 2-1 Betis. Ruben Castro picks up a loose ball, runs to his right and into the box, and pulls a low shot past Pinto's dive to the right.
    • 67' GOAL! Barcelona 2-0 Betis. Goal for Barcelona as Adriano aims a through ball for Messi's run inside the box. Figueras lunges to keep the ball away from him, but sends the ball past a wrong-footed Adan.
    • 59' Lolo Reyes is booked for dragging Xavi down as he broke forward.
    • 51' Messi lines up a free kick 25 yards from goal, but it's Xavi who takes, and his curling shot glances the crossbar.
    • 41' Great chance for Messi. Iniesta slides the ball to his right, and Messi faces down on goal from the D, and curls his shot a fraction wide.
    • 26' Vadillo cuts onto his right foot in the box, and he curls a shot into the arms of Pinto. What a risible ponytail he has.
    • 20' Barcelona almost have a second. Pedro slides a ball across the face of goal, and it bounces off the toe of a defender, just out of reach of Alves.
    • 19' Cedrick has a little space as he runs towards goal, but drags his shot wide of goal, and it poses no threat.
    • 15' GOAL! Barcelona 1-0 Betis. Messi scores. Messi strolls towards the goal, waits for Adan to commit to his left, and slides the ball down a couple of yards to the other side.
    • 11' Xavi runs onto a square ball just outside the box and slices a shot to the corner that Adan dives across smartly to save. The pressure has started.
    • 10' Bartra meets the corner but heads it well over the bar.
    • 16:40 TEAMS - Barca: Pinto, Alves, Mascherano, Bartra, Adriano, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Alexis; Subs: Oier, Montoya, Song, Sergi Roberto, Cesc, Tello, Neymar /// Betis: Adan, Juanfran, Amaya, Jordi, Juan Carlos, N’Diaye, Lolo Reyes, Nono, Cedrick, Vadillo, Baptistao; Subs: Sara, Chica, Paulao, Molina, Rubén Castro, Braian, Ceballo

Team Line-up & Ratings

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Gerardo Martino

  • Real Betis

    Manager: Gabriel Calderón

  • Line-up

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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      5.7 -
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      Midfielders
      6.4 -
      Substitution Out79′ 6.4 -
      Substitution Out88′ 6.6 -
      Strikers
      6.7 -
      Substitution Out79′ 5.7 -
      Goals ×2 7 -
      Subs
      Substitution In79′ 7.4 -
      Substitution In79′ 8 -
      Substitution In88′ 5.5 -
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
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      Yellow Card 4 -
      Own Goal 4 -
      4.6 -
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 3.9 -
      Substitution Out61′ 4.7 -
      5.4 -
      4.1 -
      Substitution Out61′ 5.3 -
      Strikers
      Substitution Out82′ 2.8 -
      Subs
      Substitution In61′ Goal 6.7 -
      Substitution In61′ 4.3 -
      Substitution In82′ 2.8 -

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