FULL-TIME, Barcelona 5-2 Betis: What a night. This was just incredible.
GOAL, Barcelona 5-2 Betis (Loren 79’): A bad pass from Griezmann that Frenkie De Jong can’t control and Loren Morón scores a screamer from outside the box.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 5-1 Betis (Vidal 77’): IT’S FIVE!!!! It’s a beautiful goal that starts with a goal-kick and ends with a triangle between Carles Pérez, Griezmann (gorgeous assist) and a great finish by Arturo Vidal! WHAT. A. WIN.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 4-1 Betis (Alba 60’): IT’S FOUR!!!! Once again Barça press the ball high up the pitch and Sergio Busquets finds Jordi Alba who calmly beats the keeper and turns the win into a rout. What a night this has become!
GOAL!!!! Barcelona 3-1 Betis (Pérez 56’): IT’S THREE!!!! Barça press high up the pitch and steal the ball inside the box, and after a pass from Nélson Semedo it’s time for Carles Pérez to score his first goal for the club. This is starting to look really, really good.
GOLAZO!!!! Barcelona 2-1 Betis (Griezmann 50’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Griezmann receives the ball on the right wing at the edge of the box and curls a beauty to the top corner! WHAT A STRIKE!!!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 1-1 Betis: Come on, boys! Let’s keep working hard and find the winner!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 1-1 Betis: Barça started really well and did not deserve to go behind early in the half, but continued to work hard and create chances and finally get the equalizer thanks to a fantastic performance by Rafinha and a huge goal from Griezmann. Still a lot of work to do to win this one, though.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 1-1 Betis (Griezmann 41’): BARÇA EQUALIZE!!! Sergi Roberto plays a brilliant cross from outside the box and Antoine Griezmann throws himself at the ball and finds a way to poke it home. It’s the Frenchman’s first goal for the club and a big one right before halftime.
GOAL, Barcelona 0-1 Betis (Fekir 15’): Betis take the lead. Bad pass from Busquets and bad communication by De Jong and Rafinha in midfield, Fekir then runs in behind Piqué, receives a pass and sends the ball to the top corner.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Betis: Come on, boys! First home game of the season, let’s make it count!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Roberto, Busquets, De Jong; Rafinha, Griezmann, Pérez (4-3-3)
Bench: Peña, Umtiti, Junior, Rakitic, Arthur, Vidal, Ansu Fati
Starting XI: Martín; Emerson, Bartra, Sidnei, Pedraza; William, Guardado; Canales, Fekir, Tello; Loren (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Rebollo, Mandi, García, Kaptoum, Lainez, Juanmi, Joaquín
WELCOME TO CAMP NOU!!! The Greatest Stadium on Earth opens its doors for the first time this season for an official match as the Blaugrana welcome Real Betis for a big La Liga match. Following last week’s loss to Bilbao and some bad news this week Barça need a big performance and a big win, but Betis were the only team to win at Camp Nou last season and are good enough to do it again. This should be a good match, and you are welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!
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Competition/Round: 2019-20 La Liga, Matchday 2
Date/Time: Sunday, August 25, 2019, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: José Luis González González
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), ITV 4 (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), Not Available (India), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), others
Matchday Thread Rules
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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, be careful with the 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!