And finally Messi break. Although only 45 minutes, enough to see that his presence before him Betis it was necessary for unravel a match that was tied at halftime and that Barcelona he resolved, thanks to the Argentine star, scoring after the restart (5-2).
The duel started in a crazy way, with the two teams looking very high and threatening Bravo and Ter Stegen at the slightest opportunity. Up to seven clear scoring chances were seen in the first twenty minutes: Griezmann fired slightly off course twice, and Ansu Fati also did not find a door in his first attempt and crashed with Bravo in the second.
For Betis, William Carvalho headed off a corner and forced Ter Stegen to fly towards his right squad to save the goal; Álex Moreno, a permanent threat to the Barça defense with his rises on the left wing, the ball crossed too much on the exit of the German goal of the Barça; and Tello was also encouraged with a gentle shot from the front.
The scoreboard moved for the first time in the 22nd minute, when Dembélé, in a personal move, threatened with his right hand in the right corner of the visiting area, to shoot Bravo with his left foot and make it go up 1-0.
Barça was able to make the second again through Griezmann, who for the umpteenth time sent Pedri’s heel assist away. After half an hour, Mandi shot down Ansu Fati in the area.
And Griezmann, with Messi on the bench, wanted solve from eleven meters his complicated relationship with the goal. But Bravo, who knows the Frenchman well (five seasons coincided in the Real society), he guessed the intention.
In the other area, Tello returned to finish off deflected, but in the last play before reaching the break, the ex-Azulgrana received a ball after a counter led by Canales and his center would end up sending Sanabria to goal to tie the clash.
Koeman entered Messi for Fati at halftime, and the Flea came out ready to solve the match. In the first local attack, he let the classic Jordi Alba assist from the left pass to drag two defenders and Bravo at the start and leave Griezmann free of mark, who finally scored, at will, to make it 2-1.
At the hour, Mandi served with her hand, on the goal line, a shot from Dembélé. Cuadra Fernández whistled a penalty and sent off the Betis defender, and Messi did not forgive this time.
Pellegrini had to rebuild the defense and sacrificed Tello to enter David Ruiz. The Andalusians were reluctant to consider the match sentenced and, with one man less, they managed to make 2-3 soon.
It was marked by Loren, who just entered the grass took advantage of an assist from Álex Moreno, after a new hospitalization of this by left wing.
There was a little more than a quarter of an hour left, But Messi decided to remove all emotion from the crash, by combining with Sergi Roberto to enter the area and send a shell with his left foot that sneaked through the entire squad.
At ’10’ they would annul another one for offside. And Betis no longer had gasoline left to hold the stake, although Loren, who was fresh, still had time to manufacture a couple of times before the end.
At 89, Pedri finished off an assist from Sergi Roberto to score his first goal as a Barça player in The league. Barça, although with worrying defensive gaps, put an end to a streak of four games without winning in the competition.
And Messi showed once again that he is still the most decisive footballer on Planet Soccer. Does not matter if he starts from the bench or if he plays walking.
– Data sheet:
5 – Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets (Pjanic, min.85), De Jong; Dembélé (Trincao, min.66), Pedri, Ansu Fati (Messi, min.46); and Griezmann (Braithwaite, min.78).
2 – Betis: Claudio Bravo; Emerson, Mandi, Bartra, Álex Moreno; William Carvalho, Guido Rodríguez; Joaquín (Ruibal, min.62), Canales (Rodri Sánchez, min.86), Tello (Víctor Ruiz, min.62); Sanabria (Loren, min.71).
Goals: 1-0: Dembélé, min.22. 1-1: Sanabria (min.45 + 3). 2-1: Griezmann, min.48. 3-1: Messi (p.), Min.61. 3-2: Loren, min.73. 4-2: Messi, min.82. 5-2: Pedri, min. 89.
Referee: Cuadra Fernández (Balearic Committee). He showed a yellow card to Mandi (min.32), Ansu Fati (min.36), Pedri (min.41) and Álex Moreno (min.45) and sent off with a direct red to Mandi (min.60).
Incidents: Match of the ninth day of LaLiga Santander played at the Camp Nou behind closed doors. Before the match, a minute of silence was observed in memory of Tonny Bruins Slot, a former member of the Barcelona technical team at the time of the Dream Team, who recently passed away at the age of 73.