Stupor in Barcelona where the Betis Seville went to win 4-3. After conceding two goals in the first period, the Balugranas thought they would come back after Lionel Messi’s score was reduced. But Lo Celso and Canales kept the Betis in the lead. At the end of the game, Rakitic’s red card and Messi’s goal didn’t change anything.
Lionel Messi’s double wasn’t enough ! Despite his captain, back from injury, the Barcelona leader conceded a surprise defeat against Betis Seville (4-3) on Sunday for the 12th day of the Spanish championship, the first home in Liga since 2016.
It was 42 matches in a row that Barça did not lose in the league at Camp Nou. But this series ended up against the mastery and opportunism of the Betis, 15th in the standings before the match and winner on goals from Junior (20′), Joaquin (34′), Giovani Lo Celso (72′) and Sergio Canales (83′). Messi (68′ penalty, 90’+2) and Arturo Vidal (80′) reduced the score in vain, while Ivan Rakitic was logically sent off for a second yellow (82′).
After its second defeat of the season, FC Barcelona (1st, 24 pts) let its chasers get closer to the standings, like Atlético Madrid (2nd, 23 pts) and Deportivo Alavés (3rd, 23 pts), winner 2-1 of Huesca on Sunday at midday. Real Madrid (6th, 17 pts) can take advantage of this opportunity to reduce their lead in the event of an evening success on the Celta Vigo field (20h45).
Since a setback against Alavés in September 2016 (2-1), Barça was a master at his home in Camp Nou en Liga. Obviously, this setback comes at the most unlikely moment, as the Catalans recovered this weekend their master to play Lionel Messi, unavailable for three weeks due to a one-arm fracture. But after avoiding all the pitfalls without Messi, crushing Real Madrid 5-1 in the clasico at the end of October before sealing on Tuesday their qualification for the eighth in the champions League, the Barcelonans ended up tripping at the worst possible moment.
This promises a shock at the summit after the international truce, as Barça will move to one of its direct rivals, Atlético, on 24 November.