Barcelona secured a late but vital three points away to Real Betis

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Barcelona secured a late but vital three points away to Real Betis in a five-goal thriller on Sunday night, putting them joint-second in La Liga alongside Real Madrid.

Ronald Koeman’s side dominated possession in the first half before being caught out after 38 minutes when Borja Iglesias finished off a counter attack. For all their dominance, La Blaugrana went into half-time trailing.

It was Los Verdiblancos who again looked more lively after the break but Lionel Messi equalised as an impact substitute after 59 minutes, before slipping through Jordi Alba whose cross was enough to force an own goal 11 minutes later.

They lapsed again, however, and Betis drew level when Victor Ruiz headed home from a free kick after 75 minutes. The game opened up in the closing stages as a result, but it was Barcelona who capitalised when Francisco Trincao curled home a winner with three minutes remaining.

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