Sunday , May 22 2022

Real Betis shock Barcelona in the record-breaking surprise thriller at Camp Nou


The magical plan of Quique Setieen has paid off.

Prior to the match, Real Betis manager Quique Setien insisted that his team should not worsen their style of play due to their collision with the league leaders of Barcelona.

"We will try, but I do not know if we can do it, Barcelona has been doing it for 25 years and Betis only a year and a half," Setien admitted.

"The fact is not always the same, we want to have the ball so we can push on the field, that's what we're going to do: play our football, but we can and try to steal the ball from them."

And that worked.

The return of Lionel Messi from the accident was not enough to frighten Betis, who, after a rainy afternoon, showed 4-3 winners after a tense and tense experience.

It was the first time Barcelona had come home in LaLiga since their defeat in Alaves in September 2016 793 days ago. It was the first victory of Betis against Barcelona in Camp Nou since 1998. The victory also awarded Setién the recognition that he is the only coach he has won in Santiago Bernabeu and Camp Nou for the last ten years.

Betis managed 15 shots, five less than Barca, but eight were at the finish, compared with a five-member team.

The property was largely balanced, but Betis's ruthlessness in the break made a difference when he finished the weekend shock.

Junior Firpo opened a scoring for the visitors at the 20th minute before the 37-year-old Joaquín doubled the lead in the 34th minute.

Giovani Lo Celso, who helped an extraordinary mistake from Ter-Stegen, and Sergio Canales also got to the winning list, which meant that Messi's landmark and other Arturo Vidal was not enough to win the Barcelona mark.

The defensive weakness was a parallel theme for Barce this season, and today's result has done nothing to resolve Ernesto Valverde's concerns about his stern.

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