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Played
November 10, 2013 8:00 PM GMT
Estadio Benito Villamarín — Sevilla
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 45000‎
 
90+2′ (PG) Jorge Molina
Neymar 36′
 
Pedro 37′
 
 
Top of the Match
Cesc Fàbregas
Cesc Fàbregas
FC Barcelona
Cesc Fàbregas
Cesc Fàbregas
FC Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Juan Carlos
Juan Carlos
Betis
Messi
Messi
FC Barcelona

Betis 1-4 Barcelona: Blaugrana victory marred by Messi injury

Neymar and Pedro scored once while Cesc Fabregas bagged a double as the reigning champions extended their lead at the top of the Primera Division

Pedro Rodriguez Daniel Alves Betis Barcelona La Liga 11102013
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Barcelona swept aside Betis 4-1 on Sunday and go three points clear in La Liga, though the victory was marred by an early injury to Lionel Messi.

Messi was taken off in the 21st minute with a left hamstring problem and Barcelona subsequently confirmed he would undergo further tests on Monday, but the forward's exit had little effect on Gerardo Martino's side as they cruised to another comfortable victory.

Neymar opened the scoring in the 36th minute after combining with Cesc Fabregas, and Pedro finished a goal all of his own making a minute later.

Fabregas put the gloss on the scoreline with goals in the 63rd and 79th minutes, Jorge Molina's injury-time penalty no more than a consolation for Betis as Barcelona took advantage of Atletico Madrid's draw with Villarreal to extend the gap at the top of the table.

Both sides made a number of changes following midweek European games, the Betis team showing three changes and Barcelona bringing in six fresh faces.

The hosts started brightly, taking the game to their illustrious opponents and Victor Valdes pulled off two superb saves in the 17th minute.

First, the Spain international denied Molina from point-blank range after the striker had got free on the byline, before rushing along his line to push away Juan Carlos' firm downward header from six yards.

A difficult start was made more problematic for Barcelona when Messi was withdrawn in the 21st minute after picking up an ankle injury in the build up to Carlos' chance.

Neymar then wasted a good opportunity for the visitors, sending a free header straight at Guillermo Sara from Dani Alves' right-wing cross.

The Brazilian atoned for that miss after Alex Song had threaded an accurate ball through for Fabregas. The Spaniard squared for Neymar, who had the simplest task of tapping home into an empty net.

Ninety seconds later the leaders went two up as Pedro picked the ball up inside his own half, knocked it behind the entire Betis defence and curled an exquisite finish inside the far post.

Barcelona almost went three up a minute before half-time but Neymar's pass was slightly behind Pedro and the Spaniard scuffed his effort into the ground and off target.

Betis started the second half as brightly as they had the first, Joan Verdu sending an effort just wide from the edge of the box before Nono thumped the post with a rasping drive from 25 yards.

Barcelona responded strongly and Betis were indebted to Sara for a double save to deny Neymar as the Brazilian looked to put the result beyond doubt on the hour mark.

The visitors did not have to wait long for a third goal, Fabregas tapping home from six yards following sumptuous approach play involving Andres Iniesta and Martin Montoya.

Fabregas claimed the fourth 15 minutes later, nodding Alves' cross in off the post, before Molina sent Valdes the wrong way from the spot following a foul in the area by Alves.


Betis

13
Guillermo Sara
Goalkeeper
3.50
33
Markus Steinhöfer
Midfielder
3.00
23
Nacho
Defender
2.50
25
Jordi Figueras
Defender
2.50
36
José Caro
Defender
3.00
-
Xavi Torres
Midfielder
76′
3.00
7
Vadillo
Midfielder
3.00
8
Nono
Midfielder
66′ 75′
3.50
10
Verdú
Midfielder
63′
3.00
17
Juan Carlos
Midfielder
55′ 67′
2.50
19
Jorge Molina
Striker
92′
3.50

FC Barcelona

4.00
1
3.00
2
Montoya
Defender
63′
3.00
5
3.50
15
Bartra
Defender
37′
3.00
22
4.00
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
36′ 63′ 79′ 80′
3.00
6
Xavi
Midfielder
3.50
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
3.50
7
Pedro
Striker
37′
 - 
10
Messi
Striker
22′
3.50
11
Neymar
Striker
36′ 73′

Substitutes

30
 - 
4
Amaya
Defender
 - 
12
3.00
5
Matilla
Midfielder
75′
3.00
22
Cedric
Midfielder
 - 
-
Chuli
Striker
63′
3.00
16
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
13
 - 
21
Adriano
Midfielder
3.50
8
 - 
14
 - 
24
Sergi Roberto
Midfielder
80′
 - 
9
 - 
20
Tello
Striker
73′

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
26 4
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0