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Barcelona regain balance by five against Real Betis

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Barcelona achieved an important victory at the expense of its guest Real Betis, with five goals against two goals for the eighth round of the Spanish League.Barcelona wanted to return to the winning streak in La Liga after a disappointing draw against Alaves in the last round that kept him away from leaders Real Madrid.

Barcelona started the game without Lionel Messi for the first time this season, as the Argentine star sat on the bench by a decision by coach Ronald Koeman.

The meeting started hot and Osman Dembele scored the first goal for the Catalan team in a wonderful way in the twenty-second minute of the first half of the match.

With this, Dembele scored three goals in his last six matches, which is more than he scored in 26 previous games, indicating the high level of the French star.

Then Barcelona scored the second goal when the referee awarded them a penalty after blocking young star Ansu Fati inside the penalty area.

Antoine Griezmann was not on time and hit the penalty kick poorly, defeating veteran Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and save the score.

 

In the last minutes of the first half of the match, Real Betis equalized through Antonio Sanabria after a naΓ―ve mistake from Barcelona’s defenses.

In the second half, Messi entered when Barcelona needed him to contribute to scoring the second goal after he passed over the ball and deceived the defenders to allow Griezmann to score the second goal of the match.

Then Barcelona got another penalty kick, which Lionel Messi successfully paid this time, continuing his successive goals from the penalty mark only this season.

But the Argentine star ended this record tonight, scoring the fourth goal for Barcelona and his second personal from open play, ending a period of about 3 months of missed goals except with penalty kicks only.

Lionel Messi has failed to score from his last 31 shots from open play with Barcelona in all competitions, since his goal against Napoli on August 8, 2020.

Betis then narrowed the gap before Pedri scored the fifth goal for Barcelona, ending a series of goals for the young Barcelona star on the night the team returned to the path of domestic victories.

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