FULL-TIME, Barcelona 3-4 Real Betis: At least we fought hard in the second half, but this just wasn’t good. At all. Don’t let the scoreline fool you.
GOAL! Barcelona 3-4 Real Betis (Messi 90’+3): BARÇA SCORE!!! Lionel Messi’s goal is initially disallowed for an offside on Arturo Vidal, but VAR shows the midfielder was on and we still have a chance!!!
GOAL, Barcelona 2-4 Real Betis (Canales 83’): Ivan Rakitic has been sent off, and Sergio Canales scores the fourth for Betis. This game is now officially over.
GOAL! Barcelona 2-3 Real Betis (Vidal 79’): Surely not, right? Barça get a goal back thanks to a ridiculous pass from Messi, and Munir is really unselfish to give Arturo Vidal an easy tap-in. VAR checked for a possible offside on Munir, but the goal was confirmed. COME ON, BOYS!
GOAL, Barcelona 1-3 Real Betis (Lo Celso 71’): The job just got harder. Giovani Lo Celso shoots straight at Ter Stegen, but the ball goes through the goalkeeper’s hands and goes in. It’s a very rare mistake from the amazing German, but it’s made the comeback really difficult here.
GOAL! Barcelona 1-2 Real Betis (Messi 68’): MESSI SCORES ON HIS RETURN!!! There’s still a lot of work to do, though. Come on, boys!
PENALTY TO BARÇA!!!! Cristian Tello pulls Jordi Alba’s arm in the box, and it’s an easy call for Mateu Lahoz.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-2 Real Betis: Things don’t look good, but there’s some great players in this team. We can do this, boys!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 0-2 Real Betis: After a very good start of about five minutes, Barça fell apart. Betis are pressing high and murdering the Blaugrana on the counter, they’re by far the better team and deserve their two-goal lead.
GOAL, Barcelona 0-2 Real Betis (Joaquín 34’): Another counter attack started by William, Júnior Firpo is involved again, and this time Joaquín scores an easy tap-in. This is embarrassing now.
GOAL, Barcelona 0-1 Real Betis (Júnior 20’): Betis take the lead on a very good counter attack. William Carvalho plays a ridiculous pass from midfield, and Júnior Firpo fires home the opener for the road team.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Real Betis: Don’t give me a heart attack, boys. Please. Let’s win this!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suárez, Malcom (4-3-3)
Bench: Cillessen, Semedo, Umtiti, Vidal, Aleñá, Denis, Munir
Starting XI: Pau López; Tello, Mandi, Bartra, Sidnei, Junior; Guardado, William, Lo Celso; Joaquín, Loren (5-3-2)
Bench: Robles, Barragán, Feddal, Canales, Inui, Sergio León, Sanabria
IT’S LA LIGA SUNDAY, EVERYONE!!! Barcelona are back in action today with what promises to be a very tough game against Real Betis at the Camp Nou. The Blaugrana need to be at their very best to beat a very good team, but with the return of Lionel Messi things could be a bit more simple. Let’s all follow along with a big game LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2018-19 La Liga, Matchday 12
Date/Time: Sunday, November 11, 2018, 4.15pm CET (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (oh boy)
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA
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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!