Welcome back to TalkBarca. Our topic for today is the Match Review of Real Betis vs FC Barcelona. FC Barcelona faced Real Betis away from home to continue their La Liga campaign. It was a very crucial encounter, a joy for the neutrals to watch. Barca ended up winning this game 3-2 and they are now at the 2nd place on the points table.
Here is the Match Review of the game discussing the first half and the second half individually.
REAL BETIS VS FC BARCELONA MATCH REVIEW
Ronald Koemann started with an unexpected lineup. He rested Lionel Messi, Frenkie De Jong and Pedri. The reason he did this was because the players were already fatigued and needed rest. However, Ronald Araujo picked up an early injury due to which he was subbed off and De Jong was brought in. Real Betis was very dangerous in the opening moments of the game. However, Clement Lenglet stood firm and kept defending in a solid manner for his team. FC Barcelona.
Barcelona had its focus on keeping the ball and dominating with possession. However, the game demanded the players to attack more and try more and more to get in front. This did not happen and FC Barcelona went inside the tunnel without scoring any goal. Real Betis got its lead and this meant that Barcelona was in hot water. All the upcoming La Liga fixtures are crucial for FC Barcelona as the title race is on its peak now and any little mistake can take them away from the title.
Real Betis was definitely the better side in this half. Ronald Koemann’s men needed to do some serious work in the second half in order to pull this one off.
Lionel Messi came in the second half and this is where everything shifted for FC Barcelona. Lionel Messi created an instant impact after coming on and therefore, FC Barcelona was able to equalize 1-1. The entire team started playing with more energy and began to work to get the lead. A combined effort from Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Antoine Griezmann lead to the leading goal for FC Barcelona. However, it was Victor Ruiz who actually pushed the ball into the net and therefore, it was considered as an own goal. Antoine Griezmann is unlucky not to get on the score sheet in this game.
Few minutes later, Victor Ruiz washed off his mistake by scoring the equalizer. He was assisted by Nabil Fekir. That goal looked as if that this game was going to end as a draw. Real Betis dominated the game for a few minutes. However, Ter Stegen kept denying them with his brilliance.
Barcelona ended the game with a late goal. It was a joyous moment for the fans as their team got all 3 points from this game. Trincao showed his talent by scoring this goal on the far post. There was nothing the keeper could do about it.
It turned out be an amazing night for the Blaugranas. Not only they got the win, but their most important player Lionel Messi showed his class. Barcelona climbed to the second place on the points table and the title race is definitely on for them.
The team has some very difficult fixtures ahead of them including PSG in the Champions League. Therefore, proper rest and recovery of the players is equally important as putting in world class performances on the pitch.
In the end, this game is the game to always remember for the fans. An amazing comeback from an amazing team.
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