Barcelona loses 4-Three to Betis regardless of 2 objectives by Messi

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12 Nov 2018, 00:27 IST
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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice on his return from a damaged arm however Barcelona conceded 4 objectives and was decreased to 10 males in a 4-Three dwelling defeat to Actual Betis within the Spanish league on Sunday.

The loss ended an unbeaten run of 42 consecutive dwelling video games for Barcelona within the league courting again to a 2-1 defeat to Alaves on Sept. 10, 2016.

Messi additionally helped arrange a aim by substitute Arturo Vidal, however the league leaders have been all the time trailing after Junior Firpo opened the scoring within the 20th minute.

Messi returned to the sector at Camp Nou three weeks after he broke a bone in his proper forearm throughout a win over Sevilla. Barcelona gained 4 video games and drew one with out him, together with a 5-1 rout of Actual Madrid.

“We got here from a run of superb video games and outcomes through which we have been all taking part in effectively however we have been missing one thing total (on Sunday),” stated Barcelona supervisor Ernesto Valverde. “They gained the match within the first half.”

Barcelona hadn’t misplaced at dwelling in any competitors since Valverde’s debut within the Spanish Tremendous Cup at first of the 2017-18 season, when it misplaced 3-1 to Actual Madrid.

Barcelona’s second league lack of the season left it one level forward of Atletico Madrid, which it visits subsequent spherical after a world break. Espanyol can pull degree on factors with Barcelona if it beats Sevilla later Sunday.

Betis undid Barcelona by urgent excessive up the pitch and mounting fast assaults.

Joaquin Sanchez made it 2-Zero for Betis earlier than halftime. After Messi pulled one again from the penalty spot, Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen let a shot by Giovani Lo Celso slip via his arms to revive Betis’ two-goal cushion.

Messi briefly rekindled the comeback within the 79th when he threaded a cross ahead for substitute Munir El Haddadi, who laid off for Vidal to cut back the deficit to 3-2.

However Barcelona was left with 10 males within the 82nd when Ivan Rakitic earned a second reserving for a tough deal with on Lo Celso. A minute later Firpo led one other assault for Betis from the left flank, passing for substitute Sergio Canales to slip and push his cross dwelling.

Messi scored his second aim deep in stoppage time. The Argentina ahead leads the competitors together with teammate Luis Suarez with 9 objectives every.

Betis rose to 12th after its first win in 5 rounds.

“We performed an ideal match towards an ideal workforce,” Betis coach Quique Setien stated. “We confirmed our character and knew find out how to learn the match completely.”

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