Betis supporters applaud Messi brilliance

Mar 19, 2019, 00:46
Betis supporters applaud Messi brilliance

His stunning individual goal against Betis on Sunday was his 21st of the season, while he also set up the second goal of Lionel Messi's hat trick with a brilliant backheel.

Lionel Messi produced yet another moment of magic for Barcelona on Sunday evening, giving them the lead with a ideal free-kick away to Real Betis.

And just when it looked like he had scored his finest goals of the night, Messi notched his final strike that brought fans in the stadium to their feet.

Suarez suffered a sprained ankle in their 4-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday
Suarez suffered a sprained ankle in their 4-1 win over Real Betis on Sunday

Loren Moron pulled one back for Betis in the 82nd minute but Messi replied with a sumptuous first-time lob in off the crossbar to complete his treble and the Betis supporters responded by chanting the Argentine's name and bowing down to him.

Barcelona has another La Liga matchup against Espanyol at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, March 30 at Camp Nou in Barcelona. "I am grateful, we are always treated well when we play here", Messi told reporters after being asked about the Betis fans' reaction.

Barca now have a 10-point lead over Atletico Madrid and a 12-point lead over Real, and their talisman Messi has played a considerable role in their dominant title defence.

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They also only registered three more shots than their opponents - 16 compared to Betis' 13 - although only three of the home side's efforts hit the target.

"We were playing against a team that treats the ball very well but the coach read the game perfectly from a tactical point of view".

"The boss read the game very well, tactically it was flawless and we didn't suffer, just the opposite".

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He scored the second goal for Barcelona in the 45th minute thanks to a superb assist he got from Luis Suarez.

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