Messi returns to Barcelona squad, Dembele dropped

Messi returns to Barcelona squad, Dembele dropped

- Betis have won a LaLiga game against Barcelona at Camp Nou for the first time since May 1998 (3-1), with Luis Aragones on the bench.

Junior Firpo opened scoring for the visitors in the 20th minute after connecting with William Carvalho's pass.

After Messi pulled one back from the penalty spot, Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen let a shot by Giovani Lo Celso slip through his hands to restore Betis' two-goal cushion.

Arturo Vidal quickly responded with a goal down the other end but Rakitic was then dismissed for a second booking and Sergio Canales soon made it 4-2.

Barcelona's second league loss of the season left it one point ahead of Atletico Madrid, which it visits next round after an worldwide break.

It was the Catalans' first defeat at home since they were beaten 2-1 by Alaves in September 2016 and the first time they have conceded four goals in a league game since they were beaten 4-2 by Deportivo La Coruna in April 2003.

"The talent that Dembele has is hard to find and we have to help him to take advantage of it", he added.

Barcelona fell behind to two first-half Betis goals before Lionel Messi halved the deficit from the penalty spot just after the hour mark. Betis, meanwhile, can toast a momentous win that lifts them up to 12th. Quique Setien's side may have pulled back on the sumptuous, attacking football that earned them a sixth-place finish last term but, in full-flow, they remain one of Spain's most hard opponents to stop. We paid dearly for our first-half display. He weaved inside Sergi Roberto and struck hard into the net. His cute cut-back picked out Joaquin, who stabbed in Betis' second.

Pau Lopez superbly tipped over Clement Lenglet's stretching volley five minutes later before an incisive counter attack doubled Betis' advantage in the 34th minute.

Barca coach Ernesto Valverde took off midfielder Arthur for Vidal at the start of the second half to give his side more dynamism but they continued to leak chances and Betis showed no remorse.

Messi added his second in injury time following a VAR referral but it wasn't enough to stop Barcelona from stumbling to defeat.

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