Messi returns to Barcelona squad, Dembele dropped

Marcus Newton
November 12, 2018

"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.

Real Betis became the first side to beat Barcelona at the Nou Camp since Deportivo Alaves in September 2016. "I don't usually plan too far ahead but in principle, it´s my day off tomorrow".

Barca have dropped points in five of their 12 games this season, four times against sides in the bottom half of the standings but Pique said fans should not be concerned by the team's form.

With the loss, Barcelona holds just a one-point lead over Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, and Alaves at the top of the La Liga table, with Espanyol three points back and Real Madrid still seven points behind. His cute cut-back picked out veteran winger Joaquin, who stabbed in Betis' second.

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

Messi brought Barcelona a goal back from the penalty spot past the hour mark, but Giovani Lo Celso found space in the box just three minutes later and powered it home past Marc-Andre ter Stegen who got a touch.

Betis' reward for beating Barca is to climb to 12th.

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Hazard added: "We are in good shape in the Europa League and the Premier League and we want to keep winning". He is on the way to becoming a very important midfielder, not only for us but also for England ".

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The Béticos however finished the first half of the clash with a two-goal advantage heading to the dugout for the break.

Barca had the momentum and in the 68th minute, they pulled one back, with Jordi Alba pulled down by Tello, and Messi converting the penalty for his eighth league goal of the season.

Barca were not done yet.

Barcelona tried to respond quickly and it took a great save from Pau Lopez to tip over Clement Lenglet's volley from Messi's free-kick, before Betis doubled their advantage on 34 minutes as Cristian Tello's cross was turned into the bottom corner by Joaquin.

Arturo Vidal gave the Barcelona supporters some hope by scoring his team's second goal in the 79th minute but Sergio Canales again puts his side in two front during the 83rd minute.

Messi added his second in injury-time, tapping a Vidal pass over the line.

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