Sunday 20 October 2019

Griezmann on form as Barca fight back to hammer Betis

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Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann. Photo: Albert Gea/Reuters
Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann. Photo: Albert Gea/Reuters

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Antoine Griezmann responded to the challenge laid down by coach Ernesto Valverde with a brilliant display as Barcelona came from behind to thrash Real Betis 5-2.

Valverde called for Griezmann to be more involved in the game following an ineffective debut in the opening-day loss at Athletic Bilbao, and the Frenchman delivered with two goals and an assist at the Nou Camp.

Barca went into the game without the injured Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele and found themselves a goal down early on, but Griezmann equalised shortly before half-time and curled in a superb second early in the second half.

Goals from Carles Perez and Jordi Alba made sure of the points before Griezmann set up Arturo Vidal for the fifth.

Real Valladolid were among the weekend's surprises, grabbing a 1-1 draw away to Real Madrid.

Napoli and Fiorentina opened the new Serie A season in style with a seven-goal thriller on Friday night, with Lorenzo Insigne's brace putting the seal on a 4-3 win for Napoli.

Juventus also got off to a winning start against Parma in Maurizio Sarri's competitive debut, Giorgio Chiellini scoring the only goal.

Borussia Dortmund remain top of the Bundesliga following a 3-1 win over Koln on Friday, with Jadon Sancho, Achraf Hakimi and Paco Alcacer scoring for the visitors.

The early leaders remain two points above defending champions, Bayern Munich, who beat Schalke 3-0 on Saturday, with Robert Lewandowski scoring all three.

In France, Rennes finished the weekend as surprise Ligue 1 leaders after a 2-0 win over Strasbourg yesterday. The north-west club have three wins from three.

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