Published: Mon, March 18, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

LaLiga Report: Real Betis v FC Barcelona 17 March 2019

LaLiga Report: Real Betis v FC Barcelona 17 March 2019

He was asked if he had ever scored such a nice goal and he responded, "I don't know, I was lucky that both of them went in but above all we got the three points".

Valverde opted for a new set-up and a new line-up. Firpo, Barragan and Guerrero are all injured and will not play this game.

Instead the midfield diamond helped Barcelona to tussle with Betis in midfield, and even if at times the Catalans were losing that battle, having four central players at least disrupted the hosts's game at the Benito Villamarin.

Messi struck with a powerful free kick in the 17th minute.

The Barcelona star curled in a free-kick, finding the top corner with a devilish left-footed strike.

The stopper had been involved in an unsavoury incident involving Messi while at Espanyol, stamping on the Argentine, and Messi's free-kick proved revenge was a dish best served cold. In their last game against Celta Vigo, Betis was dominant throughout whole game with 63% ball possession with 4 shots on goal and impressive 88% of correct passes.

It was a moment of pure genius from Suarez, although as usual the Uruguayan mixed the good with the bad and the ugly.

All the rest of their opponents now sit 10th or lower.

Suarez should have had more too, but he again failed to connect with a shot properly when presented with another chance inside the area 16 minutes from time as Barcelona went in search of a fourth. With 39 points and a record of 11 wins, 6 draws and 10 losses Betis is holding 8th spot in the standings and are onl 6 points away from Champions League spot but it will be very hard to acomplish that because teams like Valencia and Sevilla are fighting for same spot as well.

Messi has now scored a insane 39 goals and provided 18 assists in 37 matches so far this term and is undoubtedly on a different level to all other players in the world.

Leo Messi, along with Suarez, was devastating in attack, and the Barcelona captain praised Valverde's tactical ability in his post-match interview.

Barcelona's victory let it open up a commanding 10-point lead of the Spanish league.

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