Sunday December 9, 2012 Day 15 Finished Estadio Benito Villamarin

Real Betis 1 - 2 FC Barcelona

  • Castro 39’
  • Messi 16’, 25’

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  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Betis
    • FC Barcelona
    • - Thank you for joining us on this memorable night. See you next time.
    • 90+3' That's it! Barca win again but Messi will make all the headlines for beating Mueller's record for goals in a calendar year by scoring his 86th tonight.
    • 90+2' Messi finds Thiago who dribbles into the area but curls well wide when well placed. That should have sown it up.
    • 90+1' Canas fires a shot well off target. Betis have not got long here.
    • 90' There will be three minutes of added time.
    • 88' We are into the last knockings here, as Nacho is booked for a rash challenge on Alexis Sanchez.
    • 87' Xavi curls a free-kick just over the bar. The game is still alive!
    • 84' STAT: Barca have scored nine goals in the last 15 minutes of matches this season.
    • 82' Messi shows great skill in the area and his acrobatic effort is pushed onto the post by Adrian and Alba then blasts the rebound onto the top of the bar!!
    • 81' Pedro goes off to be replaced by Thiago.
    • 80' Pozuelo hits the post with a thunderous drive! Barca living on the edge here.
    • 79' A last ditch tackle from Pique keeps Betis at bay as the home side go after Barca in these last few minutes.
    • 78' Alba carelessly gives the ball away when trying to dribble it out of defence but is saved by the offside flag.
    • 77' Pedro has not scored for 18 games. He should have gone across goal with that effort.
    • 76' Pedro finds himself one-on-one with Adrian but his shot is well blocked by the Betis keeper!
    • 75' Pedro is booked for a late challenge on Ruben Castro who went down easily there.
    • 73' Betis make their third change as Pozuelo comes on in place of Sevilla.
    • 72' This is a key stage of the game now. Can Betis end Barca's winning run away from home?
    • 70' Pedro fires a shot through the legs of the defender but Adrian holds on.
    • 69' Mascherano flicks on a Betis corner and it hits the inside of the post and bounces into the grateful arms of Valdes!
    • 67' Alba's cutback is cleared away for a corner. Barca have a measure of control once again.
    • 66' Messi tries to play the ball through the legs of the defender but Betis clear.
    • 65' Pedro is flagged marginally offside as Barca try to re-find their mojo in this second-half.
    • 63' If you want to talk to be about the game on twtter, I'll try to be as active as I can: @stewartcoggin
    • 62' Vadillo is booked for a cynical pull on Alexis Sanchez.
    • 61' Benat's free-kick is frankly pathetic and Barca win the ball back.
    • 61' Alba brings down Ruben Castro and earns himself a yellow card.
    • 59' Pedro runs at pace down the right as Barca relieve a bit of the pressure in the second-half.
    • 57' Betis carve out a two-on-one situation but the end shot is tame.
    • 53' Molina fires in a shot that Valdes manages to hold onto this time.
    • 52' Barca are coming under a bit of pressure here in this second-half.
    • 51' A dreadful mistake by Valdes almost sees him drop the ball at the feet of Castro, only to recover and grab it at the second attempt!
    • 50' Benat plays the ball into the near post but Pique heads it away.
    • 47' There was a substitution from each team at the break as Betis replaced Campbell with Jorge Molina and Barca introduced Javier Mascherano in place of Carles Puyol.
    • 46' We are off and running in the second-half.
    • 45+2' That's half-time. Messi has broken Gerd Mueller's record for goals in a calender year and his side leads 2-1.
    • 45+1' Chico makes a good challenge on Messi down in the corner.
    • 45' There will be two minutes of added time.
    • 44' Chica makes a good block on Messi's cross as we approach half-time.
    • 44' Barca are not as comfortable as they were. Could be a tough second-half in store. It's a raucious home support.
    • 43' Messi tries to set himself up for a shot but it is blocked on the edge of the area.
    • 40' Castro has just become the leading Spanish scorer this season with that goal.
    • 38' GOAL! BETIS 1-2 BARCELONA. Ruben Castro finds himself all alone in the Barca area and has all the time in the world to curl the ball beyond Victor Valdes. We have a game again!
    • 37' The offside flag goes up against Pedro.
    • 36' Jordi Alba wins a throw down on the left, and then Joel Campbell comes in with a late tackle on the former Valencia defender. Yellow card.
    • 35' This is Xavi's 650th game for Barca. He is seeking his 77th goal for the club.
    • 34' Canas heads away the resulting corner but Barca quickly regain possession.
    • 33' Xavi takes a shot from the edge of the area and Adrian dives to his left to palm it away!
    • 32' Good tackle my Amaya on Messi. It was no-nonsense stuff.
    • 31' Barca have scored at least three goals in each of their last seven matches.
    • 30' Barca are dominating here and look like adding to their tally.
    • 28' Alvaro Vadillo comes on for the injured Juan Carlos.
    • 27' Alexis is flagged for offiside after getting the wrong side of the defender.
    • 25' 86 goals in a year is a staggering haul. Surely this will not be repeated for many years.
    • 24' GOAL! BETIS 0-2 BARCELONA. Messi strikes again to beat Gerd Mueller's record for goals in a calender year! The Argentine finds Iniesta in the area, the Spaniard backheels the ball back and Messi thumps a first time finish into the far corner!
    • 24' Sevilla tries to lay off a Nacho cross to Ruben Castro but Barca clear.
    • 23' Juan Carlos is limping off with an injury for Betis. It looks like he may not return.
    • 22' A good driving run from Adriano but the ball goes out of play for a goal kick to Betis.
    • 21' Barca enjoying a bit of keep ball in the middle of the park, much to the annoyance of the home fans.
    • 19' Messi was doubtful for this match but he started and has made an early impact. How many other records can Messi go on to break?
    • 17' Iniesta attempts an impudent chip that Adrian just manages to tip over his bar!
    • 16' Messi has now equalled Gerd Mueller's record of 85 goals in a calendar year and he has also become Barca's all time leading Liga scorer, surpassing Cesar Rodriguez's record of 190.
    • 15' GOAL! BETIS 0-1 BARCELONA. Barca score with their first shot on target and guess who it is - Lionel Messi! The Argentine carries the ball into the area and fires across the goalkeeper into the bottom corner.
    • 13' This match was always going to be one of Barca's tougher league assignments. Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho will have pinpointed this fixture as one where Barca could drop points and Real could close what is a gaping early season gap.
    • 12' Juan Carlos beats the full-back but his cross is gathered by Victor Valdes. Barca will not have this all their own way.
    • 11' The Betis players appeal for a hand ball by Pique just inside the area. Replays suggest the ball hit his body and his hand. The ref waves play-on though.
    • 10' Barca wanted to take no risks with Fabregas there.
    • 9' Cesc Fabregas is substituted after going down with a leg injury. Alexis Sanchez comes on in his place.
    • 8' Messi floats in a free-kick that is headed away.
    • 7' Xavi finds Adriano with a lovely crossfield ball. Barca are enjoying most of the possession here, but are yet to threaten.
    • 5' Barca have won every single away game in La Liga this season.
    • 4' Gerard Pique thinks about having a shot but instead passes the ball backwards as that Barca attack loses momentum.
    • 3' Joel Campbell produces a superb cross into the box and Salva Sevilla's header is held by Victor Valdes. That was a clear sight on goal for Sevilla!
    • 2' Only once since 1999 have Barcelona won this fixture.
    • 1' We are off and underway in Sunday's final Liga game.
    • 19:55 Lionel Messi has shaken off the recent knee injury and STARTS for Barcelona. Messi can break two records tonight. 1 goal makes him Barca's top league scorer and 2 beats Gerd Muller's record of goals in one calendary year. Do you think he can do it tonight? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
    • 19:50 TEAMS - Real Betis: Adrián, Chica, Amaya, Dorado, Nacho, Cañas, Beñat, Salva, Juan Carlos, Campbell, Rubén Castro. Subs: Casto,Ángel, Rubén Pérez, Pozuelo, Molina, Nosa, Vadillo. /// Barcelona: Valdés, Adriano, Piqué, Puyol, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Pedro, Messi. Subs: Pinto, Dani Alves, Villa, Alexis, Thiago, Mascherano, Song.
    • 19:45 Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE Liga matchcast as table-toppers Barcelona travel to in-form Real Betis. Team news will follow very shortly!
  • Summary

    • 90+2' Messi finds Thiago who dribbles into the area but curls well wide when well placed. That should have sown it up.
    • 82' Messi shows great skill in the area and his acrobatic effort is pushed onto the post by Adrian and Alba then blasts the rebound onto the top of the bar!!
    • 80' Pozuelo hits the post with a thunderous drive! Barca living on the edge here.
    • 79' A last ditch tackle from Pique keeps Betis at bay as the home side go after Barca in these last few minutes.
    • 76' Pedro finds himself one-on-one with Adrian but his shot is well blocked by the Betis keeper!
    • 70' Pedro fires a shot through the legs of the defender but Adrian holds on.
    • 69' Mascherano flicks on a Betis corner and it hits the inside of the post and bounces into the grateful arms of Valdes!
    • 53' Molina fires in a shot that Valdes manages to hold onto this time.
    • 51' A dreadful mistake by Valdes almost sees him drop the ball at the feet of Castro, only to recover and grab it at the second attempt!
    • 38' GOAL! BETIS 1-2 BARCELONA. Ruben Castro finds himself all alone in the Barca area and has all the time in the world to curl the ball beyond Victor Valdes. We have a game again!
    • 33' Xavi takes a shot from the edge of the area and Adrian dives to his left to palm it away!
    • 24' GOAL! BETIS 0-2 BARCELONA. Messi strikes again to beat Gerd Mueller's record for goals in a calender year! The Argentine finds Iniesta in the area, the Spaniard backheels the ball back and Messi thumps a first time finish into the far corner!
    • 17' Iniesta attempts an impudent chip that Adrian just manages to tip over his bar!
    • 15' GOAL! BETIS 0-1 BARCELONA. Barca score with their first shot on target and guess who it is - Lionel Messi! The Argentine carries the ball into the area and fires across the goalkeeper into the bottom corner.
    • 11' The Betis players appeal for a hand ball by Pique just inside the area. Replays suggest the ball hit his body and his hand. The ref waves play-on though.
    • 3' Joel Campbell produces a superb cross into the box and Salva Sevilla's header is held by Victor Valdes. That was a clear sight on goal for Sevilla!
    • 19:50 TEAMS - Real Betis: Adrián, Chica, Amaya, Dorado, Nacho, Cañas, Beñat, Salva, Juan Carlos, Campbell, Rubén Castro. Subs: Casto,Ángel, Rubén Pérez, Pozuelo, Molina, Nosa, Vadillo. /// Barcelona: Valdés, Adriano, Piqué, Puyol, Alba, Sergio, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc, Pedro, Messi. Subs: Pinto, Dani Alves, Villa, Alexis, Thiago, Mascherano, Song.
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  • Real Betis

    Manager: Pepe Mel

  • FC Barcelona

    Manager: Tito Vilanova

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