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Barcelona BCN
Griezmann 40', 49',Carles Perez 55',Alba 59',Vidal 76'
Betis BET
Fekir 14',Loren Morón 78'

Barça rampant against Betis as Griezmann steals the show

Barça rampant against Betis as Griezmann steals the show

Barcelona vs Real Betis: as it happened!


GAME OVER! What a showing in Griezmann's first game at Camp Nou.


Griezmann with the shot now after a good ball in from the right.


Three minutes of added time.


Carvalho booked for kicking Roberto on the break.


Ansu Fati drives through and gets taken down but ref says it was fair.


Ter Stegen gets himself into a spot of trouble but he manages to play it out. 


Semedo now with an effort. He drives it wide of the post. Barcelona really unstoppable in this second half.


Junior Firpo on to face his former side. Rafinha makes way.


That's the goal of the game! Loren with the finish from miles out. Simply incredible strike.


Revenge for last year's defeat at the hands of Betis.


It goes in off the post. And Arturo Vidal finishes and also ends Betis' hopes if they already weren't finished.


What a finish from Arturo Vidal. Griezmann plays it across to him and he buries it in the top corner. 


Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old kid coming on for Barcelona.


Busquets off for Arturo Vidal.


Cross down the right from Emerson and that's a very strange decision. Drives it a mile over the endline.


Busquets down injured. He's grabbing his leg but unclear as to his issue.


Perez on the counter after Canales coughs it up. He loses it in the penalty area though.


Barcelona call off the dogs for now.


Still 25 minutes for Betis to deal with Barcelona and they are rampant at the moment. 


Alba with the fourth. Another really nice move as Alba breaks down the left and slides home with his left. 


Semedo drives forward from the right now and strikes but it's blocked for a corner.


Perez with the finish! Barcelona putting presure on and Perez slots home with his left.


So close from Perez. Alba slides in and wins it back and Barcelona counter. Ball ends up at Perez feet on the left. He cuts inside and strikes. Side netting is the result! 


That was an incredible finish. Betis all of a sudden struggling massively to get back into this game.


GRIEZMANN!!! Curls it into the bottom corner.


Griezmann slides in to stop a Betis counter. He gets the ball but ref blows for the free and Griezmann wants to know why.


Ball out wide to Perez from Griezmann. He scoops it wide. He was under pressure but probably should have done better.


We have started the second half. No changes, it seems, but Arturo Vidal was warming up for quite some time in that first half.


Ball burst! We have a delay and then the referee blows up for the half.


One minute of injury time to be played.


Corner is taken as it's headed in towards goal and headed out before it's cleared.


Lenglet is down with an ankle injury.


How did he miss? Rafinha with the chance. Perfectly whipped cross and he just whiffs completely.


GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! Griezmann pokes it home. Sergi Roberto with the perfect pass and lovely run from Griezmann. Dani Martin gets a hand to it but he can't keep it out.


Ball launched forward and Rafinha is fouled by Emerson.


Some really strong pressure by Barcelona with a shout for a handball on Canales that the ref waves away. Meanhile, a few close calls outside the box too as Betis get a little nervous.


What a chance! Alba crosses to Rafinha afer a lovely through ball by Busquets. Last second knee prevents the sure-fire goal.


Griezmann tries to get on the end of a cross but it's cleared.


Chance for Betis as the cross comes in but it's over Loren's head. 


Fekir with the shot from a free. He really packs some punch in those shots. Ter Stegen gets down and saves.


Pique on Loren. The Betis player gets there first and Pique gets booked.


Fekir just sold a couple of Barça players with a drop of the hips. Free as Busquets pulls him down.


Carles Perez on the left now. He wants a corner after ball out over the line but ref says goalkick.


Betis get a little bit cute with playing it out from the back. They lose it and Griezmann's pass is intercepted and cleared.


Lenglet prevents Loren from breaking! Free for Barcelona.


Fekir lands a blow to Busquets' face as he tries to push himself off and the midfielder tries to catch him. Free for Barcelona and the end to a nice counter.


Corner with a shout for handball albeit a very tame one. Loren the culprit but it hit his chest. Cross comes in then and it's way over Piqué's head at the back post.


Loren breaks, or tries to. Semedo stops him and wins the ball back cleanly. Sergi Roberto with the strike on the break but it's deflected over for a corner.


Perez tries to go around Tello and concedes the goalkick instead.


Barcelona dispossess Canales and the fans ge behind them! They try to cheer them on. That early good start seemed to have ended and while they have plenty of the ball, they're not creating chances anymore.


Corner for Barcelona. Headed out and back in again and wide.


That was their first shot on goal! Fekir with the finish down low. Busquets with the crazy crossfield pass. Low and struck clean from Fekir. 1-0.


Rafinha gets the ball from Rafinha and strikes the ball with his left. Into Dani Martin, who dives down to save. Comfortable but good from Barcelona.


Cross from the left now and Sergi Roberto finds him very advanced! Heads it up into the air.


Ball back by Alba nearly catches out Ter Stegen as Emerson puts him under pressure. He kicks it out for a throw as Betis try to respond to some early pressure.


Good lord! What a lovely move involving about five players. Real one-touch football with a number of lovely flicks including Rafinha, Griezmann and Alba. They can't get a shot away but they've looked good early.


Griezmann curls one just wide now. Took a knock of Sidnei's shin on the way out. Corner! 


They haven't missed Messi or Suárez too much. Some nice pressure on Betis but no goals yet.


Sergi Roberto breaks down the right and sends a cross high and over everyone. Makes its way out to the elft and Barcelona pick it back up again.


Rafinha took that shot well after touch with his right and strike with his left.


Rafinha with the shot now after they do win it back high up the field. Bobbles up to Dani Martin and he grabs it.


Very tame start from both sides. Barcelona put the visitors under pressure though and try to just speed things up.


Barcelona win it bck and try to work it out from the back. Early feeling out stage underway as Griezmann comes deep for a pass and links with Rafinha. He seems to be playing on the left.


Betis on the ball early to start!


We are underway at Camp Nou!

Messi and Suárez sitting together with their kids in the stands.

Teams in the tunnel and we are nearly ready for action. Sighting of Dembélé, who obviously is in his civvies due to injury.

Interesting too from Valverde that he starts Busquets and De Jong. He will really try to control this game from there with no Messi and Suárez to keep the Betis defenders occupied.

Fekir gets his second start after playing against Valladolid last weekend. They had Robles sent off so we didn't really get to see the real Betis. They'll be hoping for no red cards early tonight.

Barcelona are stuck for forwards and they might have run out of patience with Dembélé. A move for the Brazilian that includes Dembélé might work to unlock the deal.

Piqyé celebrates 500 games for Barcelona tonight! A legend is right.

Dani Martin, the youngster Betis bought from Sporting Gijon, starts with Joel Robles suspended. He was sent of for hauling down Sandro last weekend. Borja Iglesias is also out with an ankle injury as Loren - goalscorer last week - gets the start.

Real Betis XI: Dani Martín, Emerson, Bartra, Sidnei, Pedraza, William, Guardado, Canales, Fekir, Tello, Loren.

So it remains a 4-3-3 for Valverde, who leaves 16-year-old Fati on the bench! That would have been an incredible story if he started. We will still might see him but it will have to be in a substitute's role.

Griezmann leads the line for Barcelona as expected.

Barcelona XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba, De Jong, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Rafinha, Griezmann, Carles Pérez.

Barcelona also missing Ousmane Dembele after the debacle that ensued following the Bilbao game. Luis Suárez is out after suffering injury in the first half of that game. And Neymar still plays for PSG.

Rafinha was suffering from stomach issues too but he should be fine. Griezmann will start and maybe Carles Perez beside them in attack.

A timeline of the Messi injury:

He suffered a calf injury on his first day back training.

He missed the game against Athletic Bilbao.

He returned training fully but didn't feel comfortable.

Ernesto Valverde cautioned that they would take their time with him.

Messi missed training on Saturday ahead of the game and was not mentioned in the squad today.

Barcelona host Betis in the unusual environs of the relegation zone and are without star names with last season's 4-3 loss in the background.

Hello and welcome to our live online coverage of Barcelona vs Real Betis! Kick-off from Camp Nou at 21:00 CEST but we will have team news and build up ahead of the game.


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