Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) challenges Real Betis’ Spanish defender Victor Ruiz and Real Betis’ Spanish defender Alex Moreno (C) throughout the Spanish league football match between Genuine Betis and FC Barcelona at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville on February 7,2021 (Image by CRISTINA QUICLER/ AFP)
Lionel Messi scored his fastest league goal as an alternative as his strike 136 seconds after beginning inspired Barcelona to a 3-2 victory over Real Betis on Sunday.
Messi was among a number of essential gamers rested, with Ronald Koeman apparently prioritising Wednesday’s Copa del Rey semi-final against Sevilla ahead of Barca’s fading title obstacle in La Liga.
Defeat would have called that decision into concern but Messi drove in an equaliser less than three minutes after coming on in the second half and then assisted establish Francisco Trincao to score a late winner, the 21- year-old’s first goal for Barcelona.
” He changed the video game,” said Koeman, when asked about Messi.
” It’s a bit about the cup video game however we likewise have to choose when the very best minute is to rest gamers. The cup is the shortest path to a title this season.”
Koeman’s side sits 7 points behind La Liga’s leaders Atletico Madrid, who have played two games fewer and face Celta Vigo in the house on Monday night.
Success likewise came at an expense as Barca’s finest available main protector Ronald Araujo was required off with an ankle injury early on.
With Gerard Pique already a long-lasting absentee, Araujo’s fitness will be a substantial concern, particularly with a Champions League last 16 first leg at home to Paris Saint-Germain to come, a week after the test against Sevilla.
— Messi magic—
Betis will wonder how they handled not to take a minimum of a point from a wild contest at the Benito Villamarin however Barcelona sustains their momentum, this their sixth league success in a row.
They were struck early by the injury to Araujo, whose ankle caved under the weight of an awkward fall. Frenkie de Jong came in at centre-back and his partner Clement Lenglet should have given Barca the lead but headed large from 5 lawns out with no one near him.
Betis made them pay with a dazzling opening goal on the break. Ousmane Dembele lost the ball upfield and Betis poured forward, the ball shifted right to Emerson who motored around Jordi Alba and squared for Borja Iglesias to knock home.
Juanmi might have made it 2 however was denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen prior to Messi began for Miralem Pjanic in the 57 th minute and equalised in the 59 th. Dembele returned a pass to the Argentinian on the edge of the location and he drove a sizzling shot inside the post.
Nine minutes later, Barca was in front, Alba’s cross mishit by Antoine Griezmann, just for the ball to cannon in any way off the legs of Victor Ruiz.
Betis were not finished yet and neither was Ruiz, the defender apologizing by heading in Nabil Fekir’s crossed free-kick with 15 minutes left.
Yet Barcelona had another trick up their sleeve as Messi weaved in from the left and his broken pass was headed into the path of the 21- year-old Trincao, whose thundering shot flew in off the crossbar.
Super-sub Messi leads Barcelona return versus Betis
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