Watch: Rampant Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi run riot against Real Betis
Barcelona 6 Real Betis 2
Barcelona began their La Liga title defence with a convincing 6-2 defeat of Real Betis.
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.
You don't get more Barcelona than this, really. Suarez' goal to make it 4-1. pic.twitter.com/5kDEbe8Blr— Freebets.co.uk (@freebetscouk) August 20, 2016
Not a bad way for Suarez to complete his hattrick https://t.co/ky0Dgax1Q2— Football Daily (@footballdailyuk) August 20, 2016
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.