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Messi hat-trick helped Barca moves 10 points clear to the top

Lionel Messi against Real Betis

Sevilla, Spain – Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick as FC Barcelona defeated Real Betis in the game played at the Benito Villamarín.

Real Betis 1-4 FC Barcelona

FC Barcelona are now 10 points ahead of the second placed Atletico Madrid. Lionel Messi scored his 50th career hat-trick.

Game Summary:

First Half:

  • 16′ Andrés Guardado (Real Betis) received the yellow card.
  • 18′ Lionel Messi (Barcelona) scored the opening goal with a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.
  • 45’+2′ Lionel Messi (Barcelona) doubled the lead for the visitors with a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner assisted by Luis Suárez with a through ball.
  • 45’+2′ First Half Ends Real Betis 0 FC Barcelona 2

Second Half:

  • 52′ Clément Lenglet (Barcelona) received the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 63′ Luis Suárez (Barcelona) extended the lead to 3-0 for Barca with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner assisted by Gerard Piqué.
  • 67′ Nélson Semedo (Barcelona) received the yellow card.
  • 82′ Loren Morón (Real Betis) cut down the deficit to 3-1 with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner assisted by Diego Lainez.
  • 85′ Lionel Messi (Barcelona) scored his third goal of the game with a left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner assisted by Ivan Rakitic.
  • 90’+3′ Second Half Ends.

Statistics:

Real BetisFC Barcelona
56%Possession44%
13 (3)Shots (on target)16 (9)
10Fouls11
1Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
1Offsides2
3Corner Kicks7
5Saves2

Lineups:

Real Betis XI: Pau López (GK), Marc Bartra, Sidnei, Aïssa Mandi, William Carvalho, Andrés Guardado, Sergio Canales, Cristian Tello, Joaquín, Jesé, Giovani Lo Celso

FC Barcelona: Marc-André ter Stegen (GK), Clément Lenglet, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Sergi Roberto, Arthur, Sergio Busquets, Arturo Vidal, Ivan Rakitic, Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez

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