Real Betis v Barcelona – story of the match

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Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez produced a finishing masterclass as Barcelona launched a second-half blitz at Real Betis to extend their lead at the top of the LaLiga table to 11 points.

Ivan Rakitic started the ball rolling as the hour-mark approached while Messi and Suarez joined him on the scoresheet within the next 10 minutes.

The Argentina international saved his best for the last 10 minutes, adding a superb individual effort and then setting up Suarez for his second in similar fashion to help Barca claim a sixth successive league win courtesy of a 5-0 romp.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Lionel Messi

Barcelona v Olympiacos – UEFA Champions League – Group D – Camp Nou
Barcelona star Lionel Messi left it late but impressed again (John Walton/EMPICS)

Moment of the match

The home side had defended valiantly until Rakitic broke the deadlock with 59 minutes gone, but three goals inside 10 minutes left them in tatters. It was then that Messi took full advantage after defender Zouhair Feddal had surrendered possession and embarked upon a trademark mazy run into the penalty area, where he beat keeper Antonio Adan with ease.

Unsung hero

Player ratings

Real Betis: Antonio Adan 5, Javi Garcia 5, Aissa Mandi 6, Zouhair Feddal 5, Francis 5, Fabian Ruiz Pena 6, Andres Guardado 6, Riza Durmisi 5, Joaquin 6, Sergio Leon 5, Cristian Tello 5. Subs: Ruben Castro (for Leon, 72) 5, Ryan Boudebouz (for Garcia, 76) 5, Roberto Camarasa (for Fabian, 87) 5.

Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen 6, Nelson Cabral Semedo 6, Gerard Pique 6, Thomas Vermaelen 6, Jordi Alba 6, Sergi Roberto 7, Sergio Busquets 7, Ivan Rakitic 7, Andre Gomes 6, Lionel Messi 9, Luis Suarez 8. Subs: Samuel Umtiti (for Vermaelen, 43) 6, Paulinho (for Gomes, 64) 6, Gerard Deulofeu (for Busquets, 80) 6.

Who’s up next?

Celta Vigo v Real Betis, LaLiga, Monday, January 29

Barcelona v Espanyol, Copa Del Rey, Thursday, January 25

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