Barça dominates second half to beat Betis 5-0

January 22, 2018

Sunday evening saw another bog win for FC Barcelona when they faced Real Betis away in Seville. The first half saw Betis pile on the pressure, but in the second half Barcelona completely dominated. While the match remained goalless going into the break, the Catalans pulled out all stops to score an amazing five times in the second half.

Rakitic scored the opener just before the hour to put Barça ahead, with Messi scoring his first of the night just five minutes later. Then just ten short minutes after that first goal, Luis Suarez scored Barcelona’s third. But even with the win pretty much sealed the Barcelona squad kept on working. Soon it paid off again when Messi scored his second but even then they weren’t finished. Suarez made it five goals for Barça shortly before the final whistle.

The only downside was Thomas Vermaelen’s injury towards the end of the first half. He Belgian limped off the pitch to be replaced by Samuel Umtiti.

0-1 Rakitic (min 59)
0-2 Messi (min 64)
0-3 Suárez (min 69)
0-4 Messi (min 80)
0-5 Suárez (min 89)

With second placed Atletico Madrid drawing against Girona on Saturday, FC Barcelona have extended their lead to 11 points. Barcelona remain unbeaten in the league this season and it’s hard to see how they won’t win the competition.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Barcelona 20 17 3 0 57 9 54
2 Atletico Madrid 20 12 7 1 29 9 43
3 Valencia 20 12 4 4 41 21 40
4 Real Madrid 19 10 5 4 39 18 35
5 Villarreal 20 10 4 6 28 22 34
6 Sevilla 20 10 2 8 26 28 32
7 Celta Vigo 20 8 4 8 35 28 28
8 Getafe 20 7 6 7 25 20 27
9 Girona 20 7 6 7 29 29 27
10 Eibar 19 8 3 8 24 31 27
11 Real Betis 20 8 3 9 33 41 27
12 Athletic Bilbao 20 6 8 6 23 22 26
13 Leganes 19 7 4 8 17 19 25
14 Espanyol 20 6 6 8 16 25 24
15 Real Sociedad 20 6 5 9 34 36 23
16 Alaves 20 6 1 13 16 29 19
17 Levante 20 3 9 8 16 28 18
18 Deportivo La Coruna 20 4 4 12 22 44 16
19 Las Palmas 20 4 2 14 16 47 14
20 Malaga 19 3 2 14 13 33 11

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