Messi returns with double but Barcelona lose at home to rampant Betis

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

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

Barcelona's shock 4-3 defeat to Real Betis on Sunday marked the first time the Catalan giants have conceded four goals at Camp Nou in 15 years.

In his first match back from injury, MESSI was at it agaun scoring for fun.

But Barcelona was left with 10 men in the 82nd when Ivan Rakitic earned a second booking for a hard tackle on Lo Celso.

They are now just one point clear at the top of La Liga on 24 points after 12 games, one point clear of Atletico Madrid and Alaves.

Junior Firpo gave Betis a deserved lead after 20 minutes, before veteran Joaquin made it two before the break. A minute later Junior led another attack for Betis from the left flank, passing for substitute Sergio Canales to slide and push his cross home.

"When you come here, you always expect to suffer but we knew if we showed character and overcame the stress we could play well and have the ball, and Barca are a team that suffers without the ball and struggles to get it back".

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Dembele will be absent against the Andalusian club for the game at the Nou Camp, in the latest setback following his £136million move from Borussia Dortmund in August 2017.

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde insists that he has not taken a risk by selecting Lionel Messi in his squad for Sunday's La Liga clash with Real Betis.

- Joaquin Sanchez has scored five goals for Betis against Barcelona in LaLiga, more than versus any other opponent with the Green-And-Whites.

The home side predictably started the second half in determined fashion and Messi and Luis Suarez both shot wide before they were gifted a lifeline as Tello was penalised for pulling back Jordi Alba as he tried to drive into the area.

"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.

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