FULL-TIME, Real Betis 1-2 Barcelona: Barça managed the final minutes well after the own goal and never allowed a real chance, and the Blaugrana leave Seville with a huge win to go eight points clear at the top of the table.
GOAL, Real Betis 1-2 Barcelona (Kounde OG 85’): Betis are back in the game as Jules Kounde tries to chest a cross from Sabaly into the path of Marc-André ter Stegen but scores an unfortunate own goal instead. Game on.
GOAL!!! Real Betis 0-2 Barcelona (Lewandowski 80’): BARÇA DOUBLE THE LEAD!!! Pedri sends a corner into the box, Araujo wins the initial header and Robert Lewandowski takes an excellent touch and fires home the second!
GOAL!!! Real Betis 0-1 Barcelona (Raphinha 65’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! Alejandro Balde receives a pass from Frenkie De Jong on the left wing and fires a perfect cross along the ground to Raphinha who taps it in at the far post!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona: Back underway in Seville!
HALFTIME, Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona: A strong first half from Barça who dominated the ball and created some really good chances while also stopping Betis from creating any real danger. The finishing let the Catalans down in the opening period, but the performance is good so far.
33’ GOAL DISALLOWED: Barça take the lead with a header from Raphinha after a cross from Frenkie De Jong, but the Brazilian was offside and the goal is correctly ruled out.
KICKOFF! Real Betis 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway in Seville!
WELCOME TO THE BENITO VILLAMARÍN!!! The beautiful home of Real Betis in the city of Seville is the site of a massive La Liga clash between the hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one looking to maintain their lead at the top of the table and go eight points clear for at least 24 hours. But it won’t be easy against a Betis side that gave Barça all they could handle in the Spanish Super Cup and will have the fans on their side as they look for an upset. This should be all kinds of fun, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. Vamos!
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Starting XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; Pedri, Busquets, De Jong; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Gavi (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Tenas (GK), Eric, Alonso, Alba, Roberto, Kessie, Torre, Ferran, Fati, Alarcón
Starting XI: Silva; Ruibal, Pezzella, Felipe, Abner; Rodríguez, Carvalho; Henrique, Canales, Fekir; Iglesias (4-2-3-1)
Substitutes: Bravo (GK), Martín (GK), Montoya, González, Ruiz, Sabaly, Miranda, Guardado, Juanmi, Joaquin, Rodri, José
Competition/Round: 2022-23 La Liga, Matchday 17
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 9pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 8pm GMT (UK), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Thursday)
Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarín, Seville, Spain
Referee: Ricardo De Burgos Bengoechea
VAR: Santiago Jaime Latre
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), TSN 3 (Canada), Viaplay Sports 1 (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), others
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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!