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Sunday 4 December 2016

Watch: Rampant Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi run riot against Real Betis

Barcelona 6 Real Betis 2

Published 20/08/2016 | 20:59

Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi celebrate a goal against Real Betis
Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi celebrate a goal against Real Betis

Barcelona began their La Liga title defence with a convincing 6-2 defeat of Real Betis.

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The Catalans are pursuing a third successive Spanish championship, and followed their recent Spanish Super Cup defeat of Sevilla with another one-sided win, owing largely to Luis Suarez's hat-trick.


Arda Turan gave Barca the lead in only the sixth minute from close range after Messi's cut-back, while Betis equalised through Ruben Castro's fine 21st-minute free-kick, but - when Lionel Messi restored Barca's lead in the 37th-minute from 25 yards - the hosts began to dominate.

Suarez scored the first of his three goals with an angled strike in the 42nd minute to make it 3-1. He added his second in the 56th with a routine tap-in after being set-up by Messi, one minute before the Argentinian's second, from just inside the area and again after being gifted too much space.

Suarez's third came from a 20-yard free-kick as good as Ruben Castro's.

The Betis forward reduced the deficit with a powerful finish in the 84th minute, but it proved little more than a consolation to his team.

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