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Real Betis 0 Barcelona 5

Real Betis 0 Barcelona 5

Barcelona, having seen their big-rivals, Real Madrid, post an emphatic 7-1 victory earlier in the day, responded in their own imitable way by winning 5-0 away to Real Betis.

The big away win saw Barcelona open up a gap of eleven points at the top of La Liga whilst also ensuring the gap between themselves and Real Madrid remains a very healthy nineteen points.

Against Real Betis, both sides struggled to make a breakthrough in the opening first forty-five minutes, but the second-half was a totally different ball-game, with Barcelona hitting the net five times.

Once Ivan Rakitic had broken the dead-lock and the Real Betis defence had been breached, the goals flowed.

Minutes after the opener, Lionel Messi got in on the act, scoring from the edge of the box.

At 3-0 the game and the three points were made safe when Luis Suarez scored with a volley and then extended the lead to 4-0 when he curled home a splendid effort.

In netting a brace, Suarez has now scored and incredible 100 La Liga goals in just 114 matches.

But the scoring wasn`t finished, with the clock running down, Lionel Messi added a fifth goal, and his second of the game, taking the Argentine`s contribution this season to a staggering 19 goals from 20 appearances.

Can anyone stop a rampant Barcelona in the race for the title?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:St. George
Date:Monday January 22 2018
Time: 12:53PM

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