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Summary

  1. Messi back in Barca XI
  2. Junior Firpo opens scoring
  3. Joaquin adds second on break
  4. Get involved #bbceurofooty

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By Patrick Jennings

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  1. GOAL – Barcelona 1-3 Betis

    Giovani lo Celso

  2. YELLOW CARD

    Barcelona 1-2 Betis

    Aissa Mandi goes in the book for a very poor challenge on Jordi Alba.

    Carles Alena comes on for Sergio Busquets for Barcelona.

    Betis are bracing themselves for the onslaught.

  3. GOAL – Barcelona 1-2 Betis

    Lionel Messi (pen)

    It’s a great penalty. Right in the top corner fromLionel Mession his return to the side.

    Just really poor from Cristian Tello though. Why put your hands on him like that? Definitely a penalty but in a match where Betis have fought so hard, and been so disciplined, they now face a very tough last 20 minutes.

  4. PENALTY – TO BARCELONA

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    Jordi Alba is clipped in the box by Cristian Tello. A lifeline for Barca.

  5. Post update

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    So Barcelona should be three goals down to a team that began the day 15th in the table. On this evidence Betis deserve to be much higher of course but what really matters is Barca don’t look like getting back into this.

  6. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    Extraordinary.

    Giovani lo Celso impressing again as Betis pour forward. It breaks to Cristian Tello on the right of Barca’s box, lovely first-touch passing to open the gap.

    Tello shoots low and there is a slight touch off Jordi Alba as the ball just zips past the far post. Almost three. So very, very close.

  7. SUBSTITUTION

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    Betis make a switch.

    Attacking midfielder Sergio Canales is coming on for captain Joaquin – the 37-year-old rarely plays 90 minutes these days but his impact on this game has been memorable.

  8. Post update

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    It’s a very tough one to execute but Giovani lo Celso will be disappointed as he fires first-time over the bar, from the edge of the box with a first touch, after Junior Firpo’s galloping run down the left. Barca cut openagain.

  9. YELLOW CARD

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    Excellent play again from Loren Moron as he controls a tricky long ball up top, protects possession and wins a free-kick. Sergio Busquets picks up a yellow card – looks to be for dissent. He wasn’t happy with the decision.

  10. YELLOW CARD

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    A change for Barca. Munir is on for Malcom up top.

    Loren Moron goes into the book for handball as Betis give away a free-kick.

    Lionel Messi now slides Luis Suarez through on goal, with a man on his back the Uruguyan holds off the marker but drives his shot wide of the post.

  11. Post update

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    Giovani lo Celso is caught in two minds with two men peeling off as Betis launch another counter having cleverly waited and won possession when the chance came.

    Lo Celso decides to shoot instead – option number three. But it’s a tame effort.

    And they are almost punished as Lionel Messi flicks Sergi Roberto in on goal, Pau Lopez storming off his line to make an important block.

  12. Post update

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    Cristian Tello’s enjoying himself, a few stepovers on the wing before running into the crunching frame of Arturo Vidal’s warrior body.

    Luis Suarez gives possession away with a heavy touch, now Sergio Busquets slips up in the middle.Just a little sloppy from Barca here.

  13. CHANCE!

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    Everything’s going through Lionel Messi now. Luis Suarez drives into the box and finds the Argentine, who again smashes an effort towards goal but this one is blocked by a very brave Betis body.

    In comes the corner, Sergio Busquets has space at the near post, but he directs his header over the bar, should have done better with that.

  14. Post update

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    Lionel Messi to deliver a free-kick from the corner flag. It’s too hard and runs out for a goal kick.

    Quite the start to the half from Barcelona.

  15. CLOSE!

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    Lionel Messi shoots wide. He scampered into space like only he can, twisting and turning suddenly on the edge of the box, but his powerful drive is sent just the wrong side of Pau Lopez’s post.

  16. Get Involved

    #bbceurofooty

    John McEnerney:The evergreen Joaquin, one of the old school wingers leading the line for Betis. One of the most underrated players of his generation, a joy to watch with an infectious smile. Delighted he bagged one here! Hopefully Betis can hold on & see this out! Vamos Betis

  17. CHANCE!

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    Sixteen seconds. Betis gives the ball away straight from kick-off and Arturo Vidal drives a low fizzing effort that stings Pau Lopez’s gloves. That gets the crowd going.

  18. KICK-OFF

    Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    And we are back under way.

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    HT: Barcelona 0-2 Betis

    Arturo Vidal is on for Barcelona, with Arthur coming off in midfield.

    In the tunnel, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez sit on the top step, taking a moment to reflect.

    Their team needs a big second-half performance.

  20. Copa Libertadores final

    Plus, we’ll also have a separate live text commentary page covering the historic Copa Libertadores final first leg in Buenos Aires.

    Tonight,Boca Juniorshost bitter city rivalsRiver Plate.It’s the first time they have met in the final of what is the South American equivalent of the Champions League.

    Last night it was called off because of torrential rain, it’s been confirmed it will go ahead today at 19:00 GMT.