FC Barcelona 3-4 Betis: First home defeat | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona’s 42-match unbeaten streak in league games at the Camp Nou, covering the entire Ernesto Valverde era and more, came to an end on Sunday afternoon against a side they hadn’t lost to in any of their previous fourteen meetings.
42 game unbeaten run comes to an end | FC Barcelona
The unbeaten run began with Luis Enrique as coach and the Asturian guided the team to 14 wins and three draws in the league before the arrival of Ernesto Valverde. Since then the man known as ‘Txingurri’ has led the side in no less than 50 games in La Liga with 35 wins, 12 draws and just three defeats.
Ernesto Valverde: ‘We didn’t have a good first half’ | FC Barcelona
“We didn’t play well in the first half” confessed a disappointed Ernesto Valverde after his first ever home defeat as Barça manager. “And we just couldn’t work our way back into the game. We’d been on a good run. But we didn’t start this game well at all. There was something generally missing. We upped the intensity in the second half, and managed to create a lot more than we were doing before.”
HIGHLIGHTS: FC Barcelona v Betis | FC Barcelona
In the second half Barça fought back with a penalty from Messi only for Lo Celso to score almost immediately at the other end. Arturo Vidal’s goal was followed by Canales’ effort for Betis before a late second from Messi on his return from injury led to a frantic last few minute in which Barça were not able to find the equaliser. See all the action right here in our highlights video.
Big blow for Barcelona as Rakitic to miss Atletico clash | Marca
Ivan Rakitic will not be available for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid in their next LaLiga Santander game at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. During the 4-3 loss against Real Betis, he was booked twice by referee Mateu Lahoz.
Barcelona’s leaky back line: 18 goals conceded in 12 games | Marca
It’s still impossible for Barcelona to finish their games with a clean sheet in LaLiga Santander. The blaugrana conceded four against Real Betis at the Camp Nou, taking their total to 18 let in, in 12 games. Last year, it took 33 games to reach that number.
Ousmane Dembele has help at Barcelona amid struggles - Gerard Pique | ESPN
Barcelona’s Gerard Pique has defended Ousmane Dembele at the end of another difficult week for the France forward, saying all players make mistakes when they are young. Sources have told ESPN FC that the club are concerned over elements of Dembele’s lifestyle and he was left out of the squad for Sunday’s 4-3 defeat to Real Betis after missing training earlier in the week.
Teruel 1-0 Barça B: Defeat in Aragón | FC Barcelona
Barça B are returning from Teruel empty handed following a 1-0 defeat in which a 41st minute goal from Dieste was all that split two tightly matched sides. Barça did manage to get on the front foot in the second half, but their attacking dynamic was outsmarted by some solid home defending and there was no further score.