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Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona LaLiga week 20: goals, as it happened

Messi and Suárez both scored braces, while Rakitic also netted, as Barça demolished Real Betis with a second-half onslaught.

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Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Real Betis vs FC Barcelona - Estadio Benito Villamarin, Seville, Spain - January 21, 2018   Barcelona’s Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi celebrate a goal with team mates     REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona: match summary

Barcelona tightened their grip on the LaLiga title with an emphatic second-half performance at the Benito Villamarín. 

Real Betis kept the leaders at bay until half-time. But Barça gained momentum at a frightening rate after Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring just before the hour-mark. He raced on to Luis Suárez's inviting pass and slotted the ball under Adán and in. 

Leo Messi doubled Barça's lead five minutes later, springing the offside trap and beating the 'keeper after Rakitic has dispossessed Fabián. Suárez scored for the seventh consecutive Liga match after another five minutes had passed. The Uruguayan volleyed in to the bottom corner from 12 yards out. 

Messi and Suárez both scored again as Betis crumbled. Barcelona have now scored 40 goals in the second half of matches and conceded four and show no signs of relenting in their steely pursuit of the league. 

Real Betis 0-5 Barcelona: as it happened

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