FULL-TIME, Barcelona 5-0 Real Betis: A dream night for Barça and their fans with a breathtaking attacking performance and five brilliant goals. More of this, please! Well done, boys!
81’ GOAL!!! Barcelona 5-0 Real Betis (Cancelo): IT’S FIVE!!! The party is complete as João Cancelo scores his first goal for Barça with a sensational individual move and a beautiful strike into the bottom corner! WHAT A NIGHT!!!
66’ GOAL!!! Barcelona 4-0 Real Betis (Raphinha): IT’S FOUR!!! Raphinha comes off the bench to join the scoring party as he receives a pass from Lewandowski at the edge of the box and fires a rocket into the bottom corner!
62’ GOAL!!! Barcelona 3-0 Real Betis (Ferran): IT’S THREE!!! Barça increase the lead thanks to an amazing free-kick from Ferran Torres as The Shark curls a beauty around the wall and into the bottom corner! WHAT A GOAL!!!
58’ GOAL DISALLOWED: Barça make it 3-0 with Félix’s second of the night, but the goal is disallowed for an offside on Gavi in the buildup.
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Barcelona 2-0 Real Betis: Back underway at Montjuïc!
HALFTIME, Barcelona 2-0 Real Betis: A very good first half from the home team, who attacked with purpose and creativity and scored two really good goals thanks in large part to the brilliance of João Félix. Betis had a few dangerous moments on the counter and will still feel like they have a chance to come back, but Barça are in control going into the second half.
32’ GOAL!!! Barcelona 2-0 Real Betis (Lewandowski): BARÇA DOUBLE THE LEAD!!! João Félix shines again with a SENSATIONAL dummy to play Robert Lewandowski one-on-one with the goalkeeper after a pass from Andreas Christensen and the striker hits the back of the net off the post!
25’ GOAL!!! Barcelona 1-0 Real Betis (Félix): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD!!! An excellent start is rewarded with the opening goal as Oriol Romeu’s cross into the box finds the run of João Félix who fights for the ball, rounds the keeper and scores his first goal for Barça!
KICKOFF! Barcelona 0-0 Real Betis: And we’re underway at Montjuïc!
WELCOME TO THE MONTJUÏC OLYMPIC STADIUM!!! The beautiful temporary home of Barcelona in the Catalan capital is the site of a big La Liga clash between the hosts and Real Betis as Barça begin a crucial month with a brutal test against Manuel Pellegrini’s side. The Champions League opener is just around the corner and Barça can get ready for their European curtain raiser with a very tough match against a Betis side that always gives them problems, and these two usually play very entertaining games. 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; Cancelo, Kounde, Christensen, Balde; Gavi, Romeu, De Jong; Ferran, Lewandowski, Félix (4-3-3)
Substitutes: Peña (GK), Astralaga (GK), Iñigo, Alonso, Roberto, Casadó, Unai H., Gündogan, Raphinha, Yamal
Starting XI: Rui Silva; Bellerín, Bartra, Riad, Miranda; Altimira, Roca; Henrique, Isco, Ayoze; José (4-2-3-1)
Substitutes: Veites (GK), Guilherme (GK), Pezzella, Busto, Abner, Guido, Enrique, Rodri, Assane, Cruz, Ez Abde, Iglesias
Competition/Round: 2023-24 La Liga, Matchday 5
Date/Time: Saturday, September 16, 2023, 9pm CET (Barcelona), 8pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3pm ET, 12pm PT (USA), 12.30am IST (India, Sunday)
Venue: Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, Montjuïc, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez
VAR: Santiago Jaime Latre
HOW TO WATCH
On TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), Viaplay Sports 1 (UK), Movistar La Liga (Spain), Not Available (Canada), 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!