FULL-TIME, Betis 2-3 Barcelona: Just crazy stuff from start to finish, and a huge win on the road for Barça.
78min: RED CARD! Now it’s Lenglet who sees red for a second yellow after a hard foul in midfield. Things are getting really nervous right now.
76min: RED CARD! Nabil Fekir is sent off after receiving a yellow for a foul on Lenglet then another yellow just 10 seconds later for offending the referee.
GOAL!!!! Betis 2-3 Barcelona (Lenglet 72’): BARÇA COMPLETE THE COMEBACK!!! Messi with the free-kick from deep and Clément Lenglet heads it home!!!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Betis 2-2 Barcelona: Let’s be better at the back and find some more goals to win this game, boys!
HALFTIME, Betis 2-2 Barcelona: This game is drunk.
GOAL!!! Betis 2-2 Barcelona (Busquets 45’+2): BARÇA EQUALIZE BEFORE HALFTIME! Free kick by Messi and the ball falls to Sergio Busquets who scores the second! VAR had a look for a possible foul by Lenglet, but the goal is confirmed.
GOAL, Betis 2-1 Barcelona (Fekir 26’): Betis in front again. Arturo Vidal loses a silly ball in midfield that catches Barça going the wrong way, and Nabil Fekir has time and space to carry the ball and fire a rocket to the bottom corner.
GOAL!!! Betis 1-1 Barcelona (De Jong 9’): BARÇA EQUALIZE!!! Beautiful assist by Lionel Messi and Frenkie De Jong scores his second of the season!
GOAL, Betis 1-0 Barcelona (Canales 6’): Betis take the lead as Sergio Canales scores a penalty for the home side.
KICKOFF! Betis 0-0 Barcelona: COME ON, BOYS! Let’s play good stuff and get a big away win tonight!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Umtiti, Lenglet, Firpo; Vidal, Busquets, De Jong; Roberto, Messi, Griezmann (4-3-3)
Bench: Iñaki Peña (GK), Araujo, Alba, Rakitic, Arthur, Puig, Ansu Fati
Starting XI: Robles; Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Moreno; William; Canales, Rodríguez, Aleñá, Fekir; Iglesias (4-1-4-1)
Bench: Martín (GK), Barragán, Sidnei, Edgar, Tello, Joaquín, Loren
WELCOME TO THE BENITO VILLAMARÍN STADIUM!!! The historic home of Real Betis is the site of a huge La Liga game tonight between the hosts and two-time defending champions Barcelona, who come into this one needing a win to keep pace with the leaders. It’s also the return of Quique Setién to his former club, so this should be a very fun night. 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 23
Date/Time: Sunday, February 9, 2020, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Monday)
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
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!