FULL-TIME, Barcelona 5-2 Real Betis: The second half was bonkers fun, and Barça have finally won again in La Liga!
GOAL!!! Barcelona 5-2 Real Betis (Pedri 90’): IT’S FIVE! Another assist for Sergi Roberto and Pedri joins the scoring party!
GOAL!!! Barcelona 4-2 Real Betis (Messi 82’): Sergi Roberto assists Messi, who fires home the fourth and gives Barça more breathing room!
GOAL, Barcelona 3-2 Real Betis (Loren 73’): Loren Morón gives Betis some hope.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis (Messi 61’): Messi takes the penalty with ease and Barça have a two-goal lead against 10 men!
60min: RED CARD! Mandi is sent off for his handball!
59min: PENALTY TO BARÇA! Mandi blocks a Dembélé shot at the line with his right arm and after a long VAR review the penalty is given and Barça have another chance from the spot!
GOAL!!! Barcelona 2-1 Real Betis (Griezmann 49’): BARÇA RE-TAKE THE LEAD!!! Jordi Alba with the cross, Lionel Messi takes three players away with a GENIUS dummy, and Griezmann finally finds the back of the net!
46min: Lionel Messi is on for the second half as he replaces Ansu Fati at halftime.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 1-1 Real Betis: Come on, boys! Let’s keep up the level of play and finish our chances to win this one!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 1-1 Real Betis: Barça played really well for most of the half, created and missed a bunch of chances, and paid for their first defensive mistake of the game right before halftime.
GOAL, Barcelona 1-1 Real Betis (Sanabria 45’+2): Betis equalize. Tello with the cross, no one can’t clear it and Antonio Sanabria scores for the visitors.
33min: SAVE! Claudio Bravo dives the right way and stops Griezmann’s penalty.
31min: PENALTY FOR BARÇA!!! Mandi tries to clear a cross but kicks Ansu Fati’s leg and Barça have a chance to score the second!
26min: Another miss by Griezmann! Pedri pulls off a spectacular backheel pass and Griezmann hits the outside of the post for a goal kick. That’s three really good chances he’s wasted now.
23min: VAR had a semi-long look at Dembélé’s goal checking for offside, but the goal is given.
GOAL!!! Barcelona 1-0 Real Betis (Dembélé 22’): GOLAZO!!! Griezmann finds Dembélé on the right, and the Frenchman cuts to his left foot and fires a ROCKET into the top corner! What a goal!
21min: Easy save for Ter Stegen on a shot from Cristian Tello.
19min: Betis having more possession at the moment while Barça try to stay solid at the back and be dangerous on the counter.
11min: CLOSE! Barça steal the ball in midfield, Griezmann carries the ball all by himself to the edge of the box and fires another dangerous shot that goes just wide.
9min: Barça go on the counter, Ansu Fati finds himself one on one with Mandi, works the ball to his right foot and forces Claudio Bravo into a strong save.
8min: TER STEGEN! Brilliant save from the German to stop a header by William Carvalho.
7min: Almost an own goal! Sergio Busquets deflects a cross from Moreno and almost knocks the ball into his own net, but it goes out for a corner.
5min: Dangerous curling shot from Ansu Fati that goes just wide. Good start from Barça.
4min: Bad pass from moreno, Fati finds Griezmann inside the box in a great position, but the Frenchman fires his shot just wide.
3min: Barça have started with a 3-4-2-1 formation with the ball, with Ousmane Dembélé and Jordi Alba as wingbacks, Ansu Fati at striker and Antoine Griezmann and Pedri in behind him.
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Real Betis: And we’re underway! Can we be good without Messi against a good team? Let’s find out!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Dembélé, Pedri, Fati; Griezmann (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Neto (GK), Arnau (GK), Mingueza, Dest, Firpo, Pjanic, Aleñá, Puig, Trincão, Konrad, Messi, Braithwaite
Starting XI: Bravo; Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Moreno; William, Rodríguez; Joaquín, Canales, Tello; Sanabria (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Robles (GK), Marín (GK), Montoya, Ruiz, Miranda, Paul, Rodri, Ruibal, Lainez, Iglesias, Loren
WELCOME TO THE GREATEST STADIUM ON EARTH!!! The beautiful Camp Nou is the site of a big Barcelona match on Saturday as the Blaugrana welcome Real Betis for a top-notch La Liga clash between two talented, attacking teams that love to entertain. Barça really need three points in this one to not fall too far behind in the title race, and Betis will surely make it tough. This will be fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 9
Date/Time: Saturday, November 7, 2020, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am ET, 7.15am PT (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández
VAR: Santiago Jaime Latre
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