Lionel Messi's brace failed to rescue Barcelona from losing 4-3 to Real Betis

Lionel Messi's brace failed to rescue Barcelona from losing 4-3 to Real Betis

- Barcelona suffer 4-3 defeat to visiting Real Betis at the Camp Nou on Sunday evening

- A Lionel Messi's brace and a goal from Arturo Vidal failed to stop the Catalans from losing their second game of the season

- Meanwhile, a goal each from Junior Firpo, Giovani Lo Celso, Joaquin and Sergio Canales ensured Betis claimed their fourth win of the season

Spanish League champions Barcelona suffer second La Liga defeat following their 4-3 loss to struggling Real Betis at the Camp Nou.

Junior Firpo opened scoring for the visitors in the 20th minute after connecting with William Carvalho's pass.

Coach Quique Setién's men doubled their lead through Joaquín in the 37th minute with Cristian Tello setting up the goal the away team.

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Though, the hosts kicked off on a high with Lionel Messi, who recently returns from injury fired a shot towards the opponent's goal but the ball failed to reach its target.

The Béticos however finished the first half of the clash with a two-goal advantage heading to the dugout for the break.

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Both sides return for the second half of the game but the away team were not ready to let go of their lead as they gave their hosts a run for their money.

Barca reduced their deficit in the 68th minute through a Lionel Messi's penalty kick, but three minutes later Giovani Lo Celso increased his side's lead.

Former Blaugrana star, Tello with his second assist of the night as Betis ensured they maintain their two goal lead in the game.

Second half substitute Arturo Vidal registered his name on the scores sheet in the 79th minute as they hope to avoid defeat in the match.

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With less than nine minutes to the end of regulation period, Ivan Rakitic was handed marching order after receiving a second yellow to as the home team were reduced to ten men.

Real Betis took advantage of their numerical strength just two minutes after red card was shown to Rakitic to make the scores 4-2 in the 83rd minute - Sergio Canales the goal scorer.

Messi completes his brace in the game after netting his side's third goal but it wasn't enough to rescue them from their second defeat of this season.

The Catalans are however sitting atop of the table with 24 points from 12 games - just one point better than Atletico Madrid and seven better than Real Madrid at the moment. recalls that Barcelona maintained their unbeaten run in this year's UEFA Champions League following their 1-1 draw against Inter Milan at the San Siro.

The Spanish League champions opened scoring for the first time in the game through Brazil youngster Malcom in the 83rd minute.

Barely three minutes later, Mauro Icardi equalised for the home team to help them avoid another defeat in the hands of the current holders.

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