Barcelona had a five-game winning streak in all competitions snapped, but they still managed to escape with a 1-1 draw against Real Betis. The Blaugrana played very bad football, but were robbed of a clear goal and scored late in the game to leave Seville with a point.
Barça started well, using possession and off-ball movement to open spaces and find chances, but no real opportunity to trouble Adán was created. Betis slowly started to grow into the game thanks to a fierce high pressure that forced the Blaugrana into some bad mistakes with the ball. Rubén Castro was the most dangerous player of the half, and Ter Stegen had to make some saves.
But the best chance of the half belonged to the Catalans, when Leo Messi played a perfect through ball to Neymar, who came close to scoring the opener but the shot was stopped by Adán's shoulder.
At halftime, a mediocre performance from Barça, and they were lucky not to concede in the opening period.
More of the same. Very poor game from Barça, and a Betis time pressing high and forcing some amazing saves out of Ter Stegen. The hosts continued to miss great chances, but ultimately got the goal they deserved: Álex Alegría found the back of the net and put Betis in front. In the very next play, Luis Suárez shot the ball and Mandi cleared it on the line, but the ball was already over the line. It was clearly a goal, and nobody called it a goal.
Barça never gave up, though, and Lionel Messi played a great ball to Luis Suárez who equalized the game. Barça tried to find the game-winner, but couldn't and we finished with a draw.
Real Betis: Adán; Piccini, Mandi, Pezzella, Tosca, Durmisi; Pardo (Donk), Petros (Navarro), Ceballos; Alegría (Nahuel), Castro
Goal: Alegría (75')
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Piqué, Mathieu, Digne (Alba); Rakitic, Denis (Gomes), Arda (Roberto); Messi, Suárez, Neymar
Goal: Suárez (90')