Betis 2-3 Barcelona: Victory is chokingBarcelona had to work hard to beat Betis 3-2 at Villamarin in the 23rd round of La Liga. This is a match Messi shines even without scoring and has two red cards divided equally between both teams
Real Madrid’s 4-1 win over Osasuna put Barcelona under a lot of pressure. If Betis is not defeated at Villamarin, Barca is at risk of being outstripped by rivals.
The deviation in the defense caused Barca to concede soon after the successful 11m of Canales. However, gaanfnhuw immediately, the visitors were equalized thanks to De Jong.
Betis continued to lead the table thanks to Fekir but at the end of the first half, Busquets brought the match back to a 2-2 balance. In the second half, Lenglet set a hard 3-2 victory for Quique Setien’s army.
This was a match that did not score, but Messi shone with a hat trick. Both teams had players who received red cards (Fekir, Lenglet) after some rough plays.
After 23 rounds of La Liga, Barcelona is second with 49 points and 1 point behind Real Madrid. The race to the championship is still fascinating between the two “giants” of Spanish football.
Before the opponent was judged uncomfortable, Barcelona used a careful squad. The midfield quartet consists of Busquets, De Jong, Vidal, Sergio Roberto, and the strikers Messi and Griezmann.
Barcelona entered the match determined, but they still have not got the sharpness. The difficulty that had been foreseen with Barca came early since the 6th minute, the referee after VAR determined that Betis received a penalty for Clement Lenglet’s handball in the penalty area.
From a distance of 11m, Sergio Canales did not make any mistakes to open the match score. Being hit with “cold water” early, Barcelona continued to push the team to find goals.
Barca also only need 3 minutes to balance the score. From a situation where Messi stepped deep to receive the ball, the Argentinian star pressed the ball subtly for Frenkie de Jong to escape to the dangerous goal to equalize 1-1 for Barcelona.
In the 26th minute, Nabil Fekir scored after a quick counterattack before launching a dangerous low shot to beat Ter Stegen, raising the score to 2-1 for Betis. Barcelona’s defense continues to show distraction in situational situations.
Betis, however, could not leave the first half with a lead in the third minute of injury time, Sergio Busquets was in the right place in the penalty area to restore the balance after Messi’s free-kick, equalizing 2-2. for Barcelona
This is the first time in a career Busquets scored more than 2 goals in a La Liga season. In this match, Messi is still the most impressive playing star in the context of his attack partner, Griezmann playing faintly.
In the second half, Messi completed his assist with a hat trick when Lenglet once again made a perfect free kick for Lenglet to head up for a redemption, bringing the score to 3-2 for Barcelona.
By 77 minutes, Betis’s hopes faded when the hero in the first half Fekir was shown a red card. But the home side lit up again … hoping just two minutes later when it was the turn of a Barcelona scorer Lenglet to leave the pitch with a second yellow card.
In the final minutes of the match, the two teams played tit-for-tat, but no chance was created. Barcelona’s 3-2 victory at Villamarin was held until the end of 90 minutes.