View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

View Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out.

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Picture of the day: Bartra gets a chance

Picture of the day: Bartra gets a chance

Marc Bartra got a good chance to stretch his legs against Real Betis.

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Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

Match Review: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

It was one of those days where all that matters to the team is winning the three points. Many expected a much more comforting performance from FC Barcelona ahead of the Champions League’s return leg against Atlético Madrid, but in the end we’ll have to settle for a poor win against Real Betis who sit at the bottom of the table. The goals came from Lionel Messi (2) and an own-goal, while Ruben Castro scored for Betis. More after the jump.

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Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

Submit Your Ratings: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

Here is your chance to rate the players of today’s match. Show us what you think of their performances by selecting and clicking on the stars after each player. You can rate the players after the jump. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

The Result: FC Barcelona 3-1 Real Betis

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 3

Real Betis: 1

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Real Betis

Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Real Betis

totalBarça welcomes you all to Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis!

Saturday, April 5, 2014 @ 18:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs. Real Betis

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs. Real Betis

Barcelona host last-placed Real Betis tomorrow in the 32nd match of La Liga. Only seven games remain, as Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, and Real Madrid remain locked in what has been the tightest title race in recent memory. The Catalans have been navigating rough waters lately: Severe injuries to key players Víctor Valdés and Gerard Piqué, a tough home draw to Atlético Madrid, and the shocking transfer ban imposed by FIFA earlier this week. Barça badly need a win – fortunately, Real Betis are not the most difficult opposition.

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Martino: “Focus is on Betis”

Martino: “Focus is on Betis”

Much has been going on lately at the club, both on and off the pitch, and now is not the time to lose focus. FC Barcelona will face Real Betis tomorrow in La Liga, a game that may seem easy to some, but Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino looks to have learned from Real Valladolid’s lesson. “We can’t take Betis lightly. They have great players who play with heart and courage, and will fight until the last minute. We have to understand that they are suffering and that they’ll try to recover against us,” he said. Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid will face Villarreal CF and Real Sociedad respectively in this upcoming round, which means that a win against Real Betis may prove to be as important as ever. “Our whole focus is on Betis. It is the most important game and one that could allow us to stay alive in La Liga.” More after the jump.

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Stat of the Day: 4.4

Stat of the Day: 4.4

The last ten meetings between FC Barcelona and Real Betis at Camp Nou have witnessed 44 goals, a 4.4 goals per game ratio. Real Betis have failed to defeat the Catalan club at their home ground in all of those games, with Barça winning eight and drawing twice. The team also managed to score three or more goals in eight of these games, while Betis found the net in only seven. Things are looking good also in the sense that Gerardo Martino’s men are the league’s strongest attacking force, scoring 89 goals, and will now face the team with the second most goals conceded, 61.

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Puyol called up for Betis game

Puyol called up for Betis game

19 players were called up the league match against Real Betis on Saturday, and surprisingly the Captain Carles Puyol (35), was included in the squad list despite not having received his medical clearance yet. Piqué, Valdés, Dos Santos, and Cuenca are all out injured, while Jordi Alba is suspended, and Afellay out for technical reasons. Check out the 19-man squad list after the jump.

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Martino: “This team never makes excuses”

Martino: “This team never makes excuses”

FC Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino handled the press after Sunday’s game against Real Betis. He started off saying that the first 30 minutes were not to his satisfaction: “We played the game that Betis wanted to play in the first 30 minutes. They left a lot of space and their pressure forced us back.” He also praised the opponents by saying: “[They] deserved a goal in the first half hour of the game.”

Read more statements from Tata after the jump.

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View Your Ratings: Real Betis 1-4 FC Barcelona

View Your Ratings: Real Betis 1-4 FC Barcelona

You’ve had your chance to rate the performance of the Blaugrana and the results are now tallied up. Take a look at how the totalBarça community ranked the squad and see how the ratings played out.

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Players’ reactions: Real Betis

Players’ reactions: Real Betis

Yesterday evening FC Barcelona won their La Liga away game against Real Betis with 1-4. Read what Cesc Fàbregas, Pedro Rodríguez and captain Carles Puyol had to share after the match.

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The Highlights: Real Betis 1-4 FC Barcelona

The Highlights: Real Betis 1-4 FC Barcelona

Watch the highlights from last night’s victory against Real Betis after the jump!

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Match Review: Real Betis 1-4 FC Barcelona

Match Review: Real Betis 1-4 FC Barcelona

That was easily one of the most entertaining games of the season. While the final 4-1 score-line suggests the match was comfortable, viewers knows that to be untrue. Real Betis were brilliant during the first 35 minutes, completely prohibiting FC Barcelona from playing their game. However Betis’ gung-ho mentality, which I respect deeply, was unsustainable and as both mind and legs tired, the home side succumbed to defeat. For Barça, it’s a great way to go into the two-week international break still undefeated.

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Submit Your Ratings: Real Betis 1-4 FC Barcelona

Submit Your Ratings: Real Betis 1-4 FC Barcelona

Here is your chance to rate the players of today’s match. Show us what you think of their performances by selecting and clicking on the stars after each player. You can rate the players after the jump. Let’s see how you all do!

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The Result: Real Betis 1-4 FC Barcelona

The Result: Real Betis 1-4 FC Barcelona

RESULT:

Real Betis: 1

FC Barcelona: 4

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Picture of the day: Real Betis’ sorry pitch

Picture of the day: Real Betis’ sorry pitch

This is the state of the pitch at the Estadio Benito Villamarín. Xavi will not be pleased.

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Live Match Chat: Real Betis vs FC Barcelona

Live Match Chat: Real Betis vs FC Barcelona

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between Real Betis and FC Barcelona!

Sunday, November 10, 2013 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time

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Martino: “We expect a very difficult match”

Martino: “We expect a very difficult match”

Real Betis may be sitting dead last in La Liga, but that doesn’t correlate to tonight’s match being among the easier in La Liga. Real Betis are struggling with what so many ‘smaller’ clubs have before; a campaign on both domestic and European fronts with a thin squad. But Betis play an aggressive, quick football that has certainly given Barça issues over 90 minutes several times. Gerardo Martino seems prepared for such. “I expect Betis to come out for us, especially playing at home. They have some great players, and although their league results haven’t been too good, they’re doing well in Europe. We expect a very difficult match.

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Match Preview: Real Betis vs FC Barcelona

Match Preview: Real Betis vs FC Barcelona

Back to La Liga action on Sunday night, FC Barcelona head to Seville to take on Real Betis, aiming to remain at the top of the table at the end of the 13th round of games. Both teams go into the match following wins in Europe, although their La Liga form has been almost polar opposites.

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The Highlights: FC Barcelona vs Real Betis

The Highlights: FC Barcelona vs Real Betis

Watch the highlights from last night’s game between FC Barcelona and Real Betis after the jump!

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Player Reactions: FC Barcelona 4-2 Real Betis

Post-Match Review: FC Barcelona 4-2 Real Betis

Post-Match Review: FC Barcelona 4-2 Real Betis

Last night FC Barcelona took on seventh-place Real Betis and defeated them with an impressive, though slightly shaky, 4-2 scoreline. Betis pressed and attacked well, exposing the continuing frailties of Barcelona’s defense, but ultimately the blaugrana attack, led by Andres Iniesta and substitute Lionel Messi, proved to be too much for them.

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Vilanova: “The team showed great character”

Man of the Match: FC Barcelona 4-2 Real Betis

The Result: FC Barcelona 4-2 Real Betis

The Result: FC Barcelona 4-2 Real Betis

RESULT:

FC Barcelona: 4

Real Betis: 2

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Live Match Chat: FC Barcelona vs Real Betis

Live Match Chat: FC  Barcelona vs Real Betis

totalBarça welcomes you all to the Liga game between FC Barcelona and Real Betis!

(Sunday May 5, 2012 @ 21:00 Barcelona time – Convert to local time). We also have the return of the Match Countdown Timer at the right side of the main page above the Search bar!

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Busquets and Abidal cleared to play, Pedro out

Busquets and Abidal cleared to play, Pedro out

Éric Abidal and Sergio Busquets have both been cleared to play by FC Barcelona’s medical staff following training on Sunday morning, which was the final session before the visit of Betis this evening (21:00). The two players, along with Messi, were able to train normally with the rest of the group. Pedro, meanwhile, did specific training work separate from his teammates.

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Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Real Betis

Match Preview: FC Barcelona vs Real Betis

Avoiding the blame-game for the time being, the main thing learned from the previous few matches is that errors cost games. Defensively, there were three errors committed throughout the second leg against Bayern Munich, and they all resulted in goals. Offensively… there was no end in sight. Pedro had a good shot on goal, in a single unexpected long distance attempt. Dani Alves broke through the box with no one covering him, but then hesitated to finish it, waiting for someone to break into the box, to pass it to. The problem is that the Bayern defense recovered during his wait. The rest of the attempts were either similar or less important.

There are many reasons as to why these displays happened, and there are many theories as to how they can be addressed, but the one sure thing is that regardless of the scoreline against Betis in La Liga, Barça will not claim the title on Sunday night.

Real Madrid had battled to a 4-3 score at the Bernabéu against Valladolid, and so pushes our party to at least next week, if we manage to draw and win our next two games (including Sunday’s Betis game). So how will Barça bounce back after the German hammering?

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