Lionel Messi’s genius in Barcelona’s win over Real Betis highlights La Liga’s Sunday action.
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Real Betis 2-3 Barcelona
Lionel Messi assisted three times on Sunday in Quique Setien’s anticipated return to the Estadio Benito Villamarin, as Barcelona edged Real Betis 3-2.
The victory marks Barcelona’s second consecutive league win, who remain three points behind league leaders – and winners on Sunday – Real Madrid.
The match got off to a burning start as Sergio Canales converted from the spot six minutes in after a handball was called by VAR on Clément Lenglet, who wound up exiting the pitch after cumulated yellow cards in the 79th minute.
Just three minutes later, Frenkie de Jong canceled out Betis’ lead with a delicate finish of his own. Nabil Fekir, however, would put the home side up with a long-range shot in the 26th minute. Setien’s return to Seville was off to a rocky start.
Like in many cases in the past, Messi’s dominance would wind up saving Barcelona.
The Argentine’s desperate ball into the box was pushed in by Sergio Busquets in the final seconds of the first half, while his lofting cross was met by Lenglet’s well-placed header in the second half to give the Blaugrana the much-needed victory.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Espanyol 1-0 Mallorca
Real Sociedad 1-0 Athletic Bilbao
Osasuna 1-4 Real Madrid
Celta Vigo 2-1 Sevilla