Published: Tue, March 19, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Real Betis vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

Real Betis vs. Barcelona - Football Match Report

Spanish giants FC Barcelona went largely unrestrained in their La Liga game yesterday, as they completed an easy 4-1 win over hosts Real Betis at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.

Messi's first score came in the 18th minute.

Valverde has regularly rejected suggestions Barca are targeting a treble but with his side in such a strong position in La Liga and already into the Copa del Rey final, suggestions they could add the Champions League to the domestic double they won last term is inevitable.

There were worries for Barca at the end of the game, however.

Barcelona have confirmed a 10-15 day absence for the 32-year-old, ruling him out of Uruguay's forthcoming participation in the China Cup friendly tournament.

Still, he was taken aback by the applause he received from the Betis fans.

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"I'm very grateful. It's never happened to me before".

"Even though the opposition concedes goals to Messi they can still enjoy this unbelievable era which he has created, they enjoy it too and today they recognized that", said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde, according to Reuters.

Rival football supporters are not averse to applauding players on opposing teams.

Messi said his team were extra eager to beat Betis after Atletico's defeat in Bilbao whilst adding that the title race was not yet over. "It was a very good opportunity to increase the distance, we knew the Atletico Madrid result and we could not fail".

"The title is in our own hands but nothing has been decided. We have a great advantage but there are many points to play for". "There are still 10 games and we have to be careful and keep going, but we have taken a very important step and we will see if it is enough to be champions".

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