Twitter reacts as Real Betis beat Barcelona 4-3

Twitter reacts as Real Betis beat Barcelona 4-3

Twitter reacts as Real Betis beat Barcelona 4-3

"We're going to try but I don't know if we'll be able to do it. Barcelona have been doing this for 25 years and Betis only a year and half", Setien admitted.

- Barcelona have lost a LaLiga home game for the first time since September 2016 against Alaves (1-2), 792 days ago. "I don't usually plan too far ahead but in principle, it´s my day off tomorrow".

"We don't leave with the feeling Betis were the better team", Valverde said.

They are now just one point clear at the top of La Liga on 24 points after 12 games, one point clear of Atletico Madrid and Alaves.

Junior's low cross was met at the back post by Cristian Tello, who picked out Joaquin to slide past Ter Stegen from 10 yards for his second league goal of the campaign.

Messi pulled Barca back into the game by converting a penalty midway through the second half but Betis restored their two-goal cushion through Giovani Lo Celso.

Ernesto Valverde has denied that Ousmane Dembele's omission from the Barcelona squad to face Real Betis was a punishment and has insisted that "internal issues stay internal".

Back in the side after three weeks out with a fractured arm, Messi could have opened the scoring in the first minute, but badly miscued his left-footed shot after Malcom had cut the ball back from the left. Betis, meanwhile, can toast a momentous win that lifts them up to 12th.

"The problem was that we did not play well, we did not control the game and we kept on making mistakes which is why we were behind at halftime", said the coach.

Barca were not done yet. Two substitutes combined for a second, Munir El Haddadi laying on Vidal to make it 3-2 but no sooner had the recovery began again, it was halted.

Pau Lopez superbly tipped over Clement Lenglet's stretching volley five minutes later before an incisive counter attack doubled Betis' advantage in the 34th minute. Sergio Ramos, however, chipped in a late penalty, Cabral was sent off for a second yellow card and Dani Ceballos wrapped up the points with a superb long-range strike.

Messi added his second in injury time following a VAR referral but it wasn't enough to stop Barcelona from stumbling to defeat.

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