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Suarez & Messi Run Riot As Barca Thrash Betis

Spanish La Liga 

Result: Barcelona 6-2 Real Betis 

Date: 20 August 2016

Venue: Camp Nou

Luis Suarez bagged a hat-trick, while Lionel Messi contributed with two goals, as FC Barcelona thrashed Real Betis 6-2  in their opening La Liga game.

The home side went ahead after six minutes when Arda Turan continued his fine form by turning home Jordi Alba's cross from close range.

Barcelona continued to dominate, but Betis leveled matters in the 21st minute thanks to a superb free-kick from Ruben Castro.

Luis Enrique's charges nearly restored their lead after 30 minutes but Lionel Messi's effort from close range rattled the crossbar.

However, Messi was not to be denied seven minutes later, as the Argentine found space on the edge of the area rifling the ball past Adnan.

Barcelona managed to add a third goal just before the break when Sergi Roberto picked out Luis Suarez, who fired past Adnan with a superb finish.

The La Liga champions grabbed a fourth goal 10 minutes into the second half as Messi turned provider to to tee up Saurez for the simple finish.

Messi then bagged his second and Barcelona's fifth three minutes later with a fine low finish from the edge of the box.

With Catalan giants comfortably leading, Enrique brought on Munir El Haddadi and new signing Lucas Digne for the final 20 minutes.

Suarez completed his hat-trick in the 82nd minute, as the Uruguayan curled a wonderful free-kick into the top corner for Barcelona's sixth goal.

Betis did grab another consolation a few minutes later as Castro grabbed his second goal of the match with a fine finish into the bottom corner.

 

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