Barcelona ships 4 goals in loss to Real Betis

Messi's reliability means Barcelona trust him to deliver titles- Alves

Arturo Vidal again drew Barcelona within one before Betis would find the ultimate winning goal in the 83rd minute in a vicious flurry.

The club from Seville began the match in 16th place but produced an irresistible performance in becoming the first team to win at Barca's home in any competition since 2016 and the first to score four goals there in 15 years.

The Spanish press weren't entirely sympathetic in the aftermath, with Mundo Deportivo branding the result a "lesson" for Barcelona.

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.

Ernesto Valverde's men started sluggishly and were punished after 20 minutes when Junior scored his second league goal of the season before veteran winger Joaquin doubled their advantage 11 minutes before the interval. Victory for Espanyol against Sevilla later on Sunday could see them pull level with their city neighbours at the LaLiga summit. "I'm convinced that he's going to improve in this respect and that decisions like the one the coach took will help him".

"We will nearly never be the team that concedes the fewest goals because of our attacking philosophy, but we know we have to improve".

Messi pulled Barca back into the game by converting a penalty midway through the second half but Betis restored their two-goal cushion through Giovani Lo Celso. He missed the morning training and what the club has blamed us for is that he did not provide notification so a doctor can come to assess him.

"The problem was that we did not play well, we did not control the game and we kept on making mistakes which is why we were behind at halftime", said the coach.

William Carvalho produced a brilliant through-ball to release Junior down the left and he cut in on to his right foot in front of Sergi Roberto before beating Ter Stegen at the near post.

"We paid dearly for not playing well in the first half".

Chelsea were apparently keen to complete a deal to sign Dembele, either in January or the summer but, if his agent is to be believed, then the former Borussia Dortmund star will not be leaving the Nou Camp any time soon.



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