La Liga 2020: Messi’s triad of assists help Barcelona beat Real Betis 3-2

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La Liga 2020 Barcelona vs Real Betis highlights – Barcelona smashed Real Betis 3-2 to keep themselves at par with Real Madrid. Lionel Messi’s hat-trick of assists helped the Catalans edge past Real Betis in a match that witnessed a plethora of goals. Interestingly, both teams witnessed one of their players being shown the red card by the referee at almost the same time in the match to effectively make it a 10-man game for both sides.

la liga 2020 barcelona vs real betis highlights

Sergio Canales helped the home team in opening the scores against the Catalans with a 6th-minute penalty owing to a handball from Clement Lenglet. But barely three minutes later, the visitors equalized the scoreline with a 9th-minute goal from Frenkie de Jong. Messi assisted de Jong with a phenomenal long ball, which was converted perfectly by the Dutch midfielder’s second touch.

La Liga 2020 Barcelona vs Real Betis highlights

The Catalans failed to extend their lead, instead, a bad mixup in the midfield led the home team to a great counter-attack. Real Betis scored their second goal of the game with Nabil Fekir’s 26th-minute goal to make it 2-1.

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The home team was unable to maintain their lead at the half time owing to Sergio Busquets’ goal, right before the referee’s whistle. Busquets capitalized on a free-kick and was able to beat Betis keeper Joel Robles to equalize the score-line for his team.

La Liga 2020 Barcelona vs Real Betis highlights – Messi came fully charged up in the second half as he attempted to take the lead with two fantastic chances created by Barcelona who was ahead in the possession statistics at the point. But Robles denied the Catalans with his 2 brilliant saves to keep the scoreline intact.

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It was Clément Lenglet who provided Barcelona with the much-needed goal to put the visitors in the front. His 72nd-minute goal came after he was able to guide the cross from Messi into the home team’s net. After the goal, both teams witnessed red cards to make it a 10-player game on each side. Fekir and Lenglet were sent off for dissent and a foul on Joaquin respectively. After the win, Barcelona stays 3 points behind La Liga leaders Real Madrid with 49 points off 23 matches.

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