Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Lionel MESSI double, Gio LO CELSO scores in Barcelona, Real Betis

Lionel MESSI double, Gio LO CELSO scores in Barcelona, Real Betis

It was the Catalans' first defeat at home since they were beaten 2-1 by Alaves in September 2016 and the first time they have conceded four goals in a league game since they were beaten 4-2 by Deportivo La Coruna in April 2003.

Arturo Vidal's tap-in gave Barca hope, but Sergio Canales got the away side's fourth, before a Messi consolation.

LaLiga leaders Barca have received a double injury boost for the clash at Camp Nou with both Messi and centre-back Samuel Umtiti fit to play.

Lionel Messi scored a penalty in reply but a Marc-Andre ter Stegen error saw Giovani lo Celso add a third for Betis.

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It took five passes for the opener, the last a first-time drive from William Carvalho to free Junior down the left.

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Barca had chances. Messi's free-kick found Clement Lenglet on the stretch but his lunging finish was tipped over by Pau Lopez.

Betis should have opened the scoring on nine minutes when Joaquin found space in the area but he skied his effort from close range. Messi feathered a through-ball for Sergi but Betis survived the scramble as Luis Suarez lashed wide. MESSI's first goal came from the penalty spot, a well executed strike into the top corner of the net.

The Béticos however finished the first half of the clash with a two-goal advantage heading to the dugout for the break. Two substitutes combined for a second, Munir El Haddadi laying on Vidal to make it 3-2 but no sooner had the recovery began again, it was halted.

Barca's defeat, at the hands of a team that had lost three of their previous four league outings, was compounded by the sending off of their midfielder Ivan Rakitic after 81 minutes.

Messi's second goal of the afternoon was initially ruled out for offside before the decision was overturned by the VAR, but Betis held on for a famous victory.

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