Barcelona 2-0 Real Betis: Barca Provide Professional Performance on Emotional Camp Nou Evening
Barcelona claimed maximum points during their opening fixture of the 2017/18 La Liga campaign with a 2-0 win over Real Betis with the first courtesy of visitors defender
The evening started in emotional circumstances following the atrocities that took place in the city and surrounding Catalunya on Thursday, with all of those in blue and red displaying ‘Barcelona’ in place of the usual shirt identification and observing a moment of silence before proceedings commenced.
But as things began the majority of those inside the understandably emptier and quieter than usual Camp Nou were almost given the perfect start as former Everton winger Gerard
Deulofeu, as he had been doing throughout the opening 30 minutes, found space on the right flank and surged into the Beticos area before firing a low cross across the face of goal which faintly glanced the outstretched toe of left-back Tosca and past the spread Adan to give the Catalonians their well deserved lead.
Things got even better for the Catalonians inside the amphitheatre of excellence just moments after their man’s defensive heroics, as within a blink of an eye the hosts had doubled their lead thanks again mainly to
That was until Messi reunited his friendship with Adan’s right upright after being found in space on the edge of the Betis area and unleashing a curling effort towards goal, but the sublime playmaker was only left to be left disappointed by the woodwork for the third time of the evening.
Following the maestro’s chance the game’s tempo then dropped again and first-match fatigue began to surface, particularly by Roberto whose
As the La Liga clash entered the final 10 minutes it was again time for Messi to reacquaint himself with the post, this time being denied from the upright after a thunderbolt of an effort from 25 yards – an attempt which wouldn’t have caused a shock if it had ripped the stanchions from the turf.
But the opening fixture of the 2017/18 season was a night in which the magician was not to get onto the scoresheet, however the Catalonian giants proved they are still able to switch up the gears even with notable stars missing from the starting XI.
Whether it is enough to trouble Real Madrid in the long run, however, remains to be seen.
?? FCB XI:
1. Ter Stegen
20. S. Roberto
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) 20 August 2017