La Liga: Lionel Messi scores brace from the bench as Barcelona thump Real Betis 5-2 | Football News

Barcelona: Lionel Messi responded to being benched by scoring twice instead and main Barcelona to a 5-2 house victory over Real Betis on Saturday, snapping a four-game winless streak in La Liga for the Catalans.

Barca`s captain was surprisingly unnoticed of the beginning lineup by coach Ronald Koeman they usually discovered themselves drawing 1-1 when Antonio Sanabria cancelled out Ousmane Dembele`s very good opening strike on the stroke of halftime.

Messi was introduced on in the beginning of the second interval and promptly produced a elegant dummy to permit Antoine Griezmann to faucet into an unguarded internet and put Barca again in entrance within the forty ninth minute, the Frenchman lastly making amends for lacking 4 probabilities earlier than the break together with squandering a penalty.

Barca`s all-time top scorer Messi then additional stretched their lead within the 61st by emphatically dispatching a penalty after Aissa Mandi was proven a straight pink card, following a VAR review, for utilizing his arm to dam a shot from Dembele.

Betis did handle to tug a aim again with 10 males when striker Loren Moron netted on the far put up to make it 3-2 after a marauding run down the left wing by Alex Moreno.

But Messi quickly put the sport past doubt, smashing the ball into the top nook after receiving a beautiful backheel from crew mate Sergi Roberto, while 17-year-old Pedri struck the fifth after one other wonderful cross from Sergi Roberto.


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