FULL-TIME, Betis 2-3 Barcelona: The second half was amazing to watch for the neutrals, and Barça produce another comeback on the road. Six wins in a row!
GOAL!!!! Betis 2-3 Barcelona (Trincão 87’): BARÇA ARE AHEAD AGAIN!!! After a good bit of pressing in the final third, Francisco Trincão recovers the ball at the edge of the box and fires a rocket against the crossbar and into the net!
GOAL, Betis 2-2 Barcelona (Ruíz 75’): Betis equalize. Víctor Ruíz redeems himself after the own goal with a powerful header from a set piece taken by Fekir.
GOAL!!! Betis 1-2 Barcelona (Ruíz OG 68’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Messi finds Jordi Alba with a through ball, Alba crosses it to Antoine Griezmann who misses the tap-in but Víctor Ruíz knocks the ball against his own net!
GOAL!!! Betis 1-1 Barcelona (Messi 59’): BARÇA EQUALIZE!!! Lionel Messi has only been on the pitch for two minutes, and he finds the back of the net with a powerful shot into the bottom corner!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Betis 1-0 Barcelona: And we’re back underway! Come on, boys, let’s make the comeback!
HALFTIME, Betis 1-0 Barcelona: A lackluster first half had one big chance for each team: Clément Lenglet missed a free header in the six-yard box, and Borja Iglesias scored from 10 yards out. And that’s the difference in the game.
GOAL, Betis 1-0 Barcelona (Iglesias 38’): Betis take the lead on a great counter-attack, and Emerson plays a really good cross to Borja Iglesias who finds the back of the net.
11min: First substitution for Barcelona as Frenkie De Jong replaces Ronald Araujo, who suffered an ankle injury after getting his left foot caught on the grass and had to be helped off the pitch.
KICKOFF! Betis 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway! Come on, boys!
Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, Busquets, Puig; Dembélé, Griezmann, Braithwaite (4-3-3)
Bench: Neto (GK), Arnau (GK), Umtiti, Dest, Firpo, De Jong, Matheus, Pedri, Trincão, Messi
Starting XI: Robles; Emerson, Mandi, Ruíz, Moreno; Akouokou, Guardado; Ruibal, Juanmi, Fekir; Iglesias (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Rebollo (GK), Sidnei, Montoya, Miranda, Rodríguez, Carvalho, Rodri, Canales, Fékir, Joaquín, Tello, Loren
WELCOME TO THE ESTADIO BENITO VILLAMARÍN!!! The beautiful home of Real Betis in beautiful Seville is the site of a huge La Liga match between the hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one on a 10-game unbeaten streak in the league with a chance to make it 6 wins in a row as they continue to step up their domestic form in hopes of securing a Champions League spot. Barça and Betis always play some amazing football when they meet, and this will be no different. And you are 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 22
Date/Time: Sunday, February 7, 2021, 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: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
VAR: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea
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Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch 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!