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Barcelona v Real Betis Live Commentary, 04/12/21

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0 - 1
BAR
BET
Juanmi (79)
Camp Nou

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That's all for today, goodbye! 
That defeat ends a six-match unbeaten run for Barca in all competitions, and they stay seventh in the table. They have a big game in the Champions League on Wednesday against Bayern Munich. Betis have now won their last five games, and move up to third for now. They have Celtic in the Europa League next. 
Barcelona lose their first game under Xavi in a 1-0 defeat to Real Betis. It took the game a long time to get going, with neither side creating much in the first half. After the break, Betis had a goal chalked out when Juanmi stuck the ball in the empty net, but it was ruled out for a very tight offside. He did eventually get the winner after a great counter-attack saw him teed up by Tello, and he slotted it into the bottom corner.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 0-1 REAL BETIS.
90' + 2' Barcelona have a free-kick in a good position through the middle. Depay steps up to take it, but his floated cross is easily dealt with by Betis' defenders.
90' Frenkie de Jong has his pocket picked by Rodriguez deep in his own half, but the substitute gets lucky. It's a heavy touch from Rodriguez that goes straight back to Ter Stegen, and he clears the danger.
88' Betis are keeping their shape well as they drop deep to close down the space again. Alba spots Dembele making a late run into the box, but overhits his cross straight out of play.
86' Araujo stays upfield after a corner for Barca and swings a good cross into the box. Luuk de Jong peeled away at the far post, but Bartra does just enough to put him off as he sends his header wide.
84' Barcelona are pushing for an equaliser, but they're not getting upfield as quickly as before. Dembele makes another good run down the right and curls in a cross this time, but it's cut out by Ruiz.
L. de Jong
C. Lenglet
Barcelona
82' And Luuk de Jong is also being brought on in place of Lenglet. 
Piqué
A. Ezzalzouli
Barcelona
82' Barcelona are making another double change now. Ezzalzouli is the first to go off, with Pique on for him.
Borja Iglesias
Juanmi
Real Betis
81' That goal was Juanmi's last involvement in the game as he's taken off and replaced by Iglesias. 
Tello
Assist
Real Betis
79' Tello did have space to shoot if he'd wanted to. Instead, he chose to tee up Juanmi, who was in a better position.
Juanmi
Goal
Real Betis
79' JUANMI SCORES! It's a great counter-attack from Betis, with Canales being given all sorts of space down the right. He drives forward before laying it off to Tello. He touches it out to Juanmi, who is unmarked, and he coolly slots his shot past Ter Stegen and into the bottom corner. 1-0 Betis! 
77' DEMBELE! Another chance goes begging for the substitute! He dribbles past Moreno, leaving the left-back on the floor as he cuts inside. He goes for goal despite having support in the box, and curls this shot just wide of the far post as well. 
76' CLOSE! Barca are really upping the pressure now and Dest wrongfoots Moreno to pick out Dembele on the edge of the box. He drills a low shot across goal, but it's just wide of the far post.
75' Depay whips another good corner into the box and Lenglet has a free header in the middle. He thumps it towards goal, but it's straight at Silva, who holds onto it. 
G. Rodríguez
Yellow Card
Real Betis
73' Yellow Card Guido Rodríguez
William Carvalho
Willian José
Real Betis
71' Second change for Betis now, and it's a defensive one. Willian Jose is taken off and replaced by Carvalho.
69' The visitors are staying compact at the back and Depay is trying to force his way through. He runs straight into Ruiz, who holds his ground to get the ball, and the referee tells the forward to get back to his feet.
67' Betis are dropping deeper and deeper in their own half as Barca continue to dominate possession. De Jong lifts it over the top to Alba, who volleys a first-time cross into the near post, but Bartra makes a good block.
65' Alba lifts a cross into the middle from the left of the box and he's claiming it hit Tello on the arm. It didn't touch the substitute on the way past though, and the referee lets it go. 
Tello
Aitor Ruibal
Real Betis
63' Betis are making their first change of the game now. Ruibal goes off, with Tello on in his place. 
63' Barcelona are moving the ball upfield a lot quicker now, and it's Dembele with another chance. He drives down the right before cutting inside to get away from Moreno. He drills a shot at the near post, but this one flies high over the bar. 
61' CHANCE! Puig is down in the box for Barcelona after their corner, but the hosts keep hold of it. Alba knocks it out to Dembele on the left, who curls a shot towards the far post, but it's always heading wide. 
F. de Jong
Nico González
Barcelona
59' Gonzalez is also taken off, with Frenkie de Jong on to replace him.
O. Dembélé
Philippe Coutinho
Barcelona
58' Barcelona are making a double change here. Coutinho is the first to make way, with Dembele on in his place. 
56' Ezzalzouli topples over just inside the box and Barcelona are asking for a penalty. Guardado gave him a slight nudge, but he went down easily, and the referee points for a goal-kick.
54' That disallowed goal seems to have woken Barcelona up and Alba drives down the left before curling a low cross into the near post. Depay and Ezzalzouli were both at the far side though, and Silva collects it.
52' OFFSIDE! Barcelona are all over the place at the back as Ruibal curls an early cross into Juanmi. Ter Stegen rushes off his line but is in no man's land as the forward hits it first time into the empty net. He was just offside though, and Barca have got away with one there! 
50' Barca are struggling to keep hold of the ball here, and Araujo is forced to go long when he's closed down by Juanmi. Coutinho is chasing it down the left, but a heavy first touch knocks it straight out of play.
48' Betis have made a bright start to the second half here, with Bellerin getting a lot of space down the right. His low cross is flicked against Lenglet by Juanmi and Ter Stegen comes out to collect the loose ball.
46' Barcelona get us back underway for the second half! 
Xavi won't be pleased with Barca's first-half performance, and they need to find a way to get their front three involved more. Coutinho looked the brightest early on, but since then, they've struggled to create anything. As for Betis, they grew into the game as it went on and Pellegrini will be hoping they can add an end product in the second half.
It's goalless at the break between Barcelona and Real Betis. The hosts have struggled to get into this game, having just two shots which both came in the opening 11 minutes. Coutinho dragged his first effort wide before seeing the second smothered at the near post. Betis haven't created too much themselves though, with their best chance falling to Ruibal, whose clever flick bounces wide. 
45' + 6' HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 0-0 REAL BETIS.
45' + 4' Puig lifts a good ball over the top of Betis' defence to pick out Coutinho's run down the left of the box. He cuts inside before hitting a shot towards the near post which is blocked by Bartra. He set off too early though, and a belated flag goes up.
45' + 2' Moreno again finds himself with space down the left, and he floats a cross in this time. It's too close to the keeper though, who pushes it away before Lenglet gets it clear. 
45' CHANCE! Dest completely loses track of Moreno, and the left-back curls a good cross into the middle. Ruibal improvises with a clever flick around the back, but he can't direct it on target, and it bounces just wide. 
43' It looks like Guardado's knee twisted slightly during the challenge with Gonzalez. He's quickly back to his feet after treatment though and will be able to carry on.
Nico González
Yellow Card
Barcelona
42' The ball is long gone from Guardado's feet when Gonzalez stepped in, and he's shown a yellow card for the late challenge.
40' Moreno goes long for Canales down the left, and he flicks the ball over Puig before continuing the run. He can't find a way past Araujo, who nudges him off it to stop the attack.
38' It's a lovely throughball from Ruibal for Canales to run onto and he'll be one-on-one with Ter Stegen if he can get there. Araujo races back towards his own goal though and makes a great interception just ahead of the keeper.
Riqui Puig
Gavi
Barcelona
36' Gavi is taken off the field on the stretcher to a standing ovation from the crowd and Puig is on in his place. 
35' The stretcher has been brought onto the pitch and Gavi is carefully being strapped onto it. Puig has been warming up on the sidelines and is receiving his instructions now.
33' Gavi is down holding his head here after he blocked Bellerin's powerful clearance a few moments ago. He's receiving treatment, but it's not looking too good for him at the moment. 
31' Barcelona are back to keeping possession now, but they're struggling to find a way through Betis. Busquets tries to play in Gonzalez through the middle but overhits the pass straight to Silva. 
29' Busquets slides in Alba down the left and he lifts a good, early cross into the box. Bartra is there to clear it for Betis again, and Bellerin stops Alba from getting a second bite at it.
27' Betis are starting to find their rhythm now as Rodriguez and Ruibal link up well down the right side. Ruibal then tries to tee up Willian Jose but hits his cross against Lenglet. 
25' MISS! Canales lifts the ball over Barcelona's defence to Juanmi, and he takes the ball around Ter Stegen, who rushes off his line. It's a tight angle on the left of the box, but he sends it into the side netting. It wouldn't have counted anyway though as he was offside. 
24' Lenglet spots Coutinho peeling off the back of Bellerin and tries to pick him out with a long ball over the top. It's overhit though, and there's nothing the Brazilian can do to keep it in play.
22' Gonzalez twice loses the ball just outside his own box, but Moreno can't punish Barcelona. He drives into the box before trying to lay it off to Willian Jose, but Araujo steps in to break it up.
20' Rodriguez gets the better of Alba down the left and he pulls it back for Bellerin on the edge of the box. He ends up slicing at it though, and it sails high over the crossbar. 
18' Moreno is giving Gavi no space as he shows him down the line, but the youngster manages to pull a cross back from the byline. It's just behind Depay though, and Bartra hooks it clear. 
16' Betis are patiently playing out from the back, but they're still struggling to find a way upfield. It's worked out to Bellerin down the right again, but he runs straight into Gonzalez.
14' Barcelona have lost just one of their last 20 LaLiga games against Betis (W16 D3); a 3-4 defeat in November 2018.
Sergio Canales
Yellow Card
Real Betis
12' Busquets slid in to win the ball off Willian Jose, and then the forward accidentally kicks him when he tries to keep possession. He doesn't think it should be a Barcelona free-kick, so he's booked for dissent.
11' GOOD SAVE! Depay switches play out to the left and Gonzalez lets it run as he was coming back from an offside position. Alba does whip a cross in and Coutinho flicks it towards goal first time, but Silva smothers it at the near post. 
10' Betis just can't get out of their own half at the moment as Barca continue to keep the pressure on. Depay tries to curl another early cross into the box from the left, but it's blocked by Rodriguez.
8' Coutinho drifts into the middle and is slotted through by Gonzalez. The Brazilian takes his shot early, but drags at it and sends it rolling well wide of the far post. 
6' Busquets forces Coutinho too wide, but he knocks the ball through Rodriguez's legs to get into the box. He tries to whip a cross into the far post, but it's blocked by Ruiz ahead of Depay.
4' Gavi has his pocket picked and Rodriguez wriggles his way past three Barcelona defenders to break down the right. He tries to slide in Ruibal ahead of him, but Alba gets back to block his run.
2' Betis win the ball back high upfield and Canales switches it out to Bellerin on the right. He lifts a deep cross into Juanmi at the far post, but his header is straight at Ter Stegen.
1' Willian Jose gets the game underway for Betis! 
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away!
Barcelona have scored in each of their last 31 LaLiga games against Betis (94 goals in total). If they score today, this will be their best-ever scoring run against the same opponent in the competition (32).
After ringing in the changes for their Copa del Rey victory in midweek, Manuel Pellegrini makes just one adjustment to the side that beat Valencia last time out in the league. Bellerin returns from suspension in place of Nabil Fekir, who is serving a ban of his own. 
Xavi makes three changes from the win over Villarreal last Saturday, with Dest, Lenglet and Coutinho all coming in. Alba also starts after recovering from a muscle problem that forced him off in that game. Pique, Garcia and Frenkie de Jong drop to the bench.
REAL BETIS SUBS: Edgar Gonzalez, Rodrigo Sanchez, Joel Robles, Robert, Cristian Tello, William Carvalho, Paul Akouokou, German Pezzella, Joaquin, Juan Miranda, Borja Iglesias, Diego Lainez.
REAL BETIS STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Rui Silva; Hector Bellerin, Marc Bartra, Victor Ruiz, Alex Moreno; Guido Rodriguez, Andres Guardado; Aitor Ruibal, Sergio Canales, Juanmi; Willian Jose. 
BARCELONA SUBS: Yusuf Demir, Riqui Puig, Oscar Mingueza, Alejandro Balde, Luuk de Jong, Neto, Ousmane Dembele, Samuel Umtiti, Eric Garcia, Frenkie de Jong, Gerard Pique, Arnau Tenas. 
BARCELONA STARTING XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergino Dest, Ronald Araujo, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Pablo Gaviria, Sergio Busquets, Nicolas Gonzalez; Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, Memphis Depay, Philippe Coutinho.
Barcelona are seventh in LaLiga, but their form looks to be on the up after a difficult start to the season. They're unbeaten in their last six outings in all competitions (W3 D3) and have won both of their LaLiga games since Xavi took over as manager. Betis sit above their opponents in the table and are on a good run themselves. They've won each of their last four matches in all competitions, keeping a clean sheet in three of those. 
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