FC Barcelona made lightwork of Real Betis as the Catalans scored four past the Andalusian side who were reduced to 10 men in the first half. Goals from Andreas Christensen, Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Guido Rodriguez (OG) helped the Catalans defeat Real Betis in yesterday’s fixture.
Edgar Gonzalez, who was sent off by referee Del Cerro Grande for receiving two yellow cards made The Andalusian side vulnerable as they lost their defensive shape which allowed FC Barcelona to exploit spaces with ease.
With this win, FC Barcelona comfortably sit on top of the table 11 points clear of second-placed Real Madrid with six games to go. Barcelona only need 7 points from the remaining six games to secure the Laliga title while Robert Lewandowski leads the Pichichi race with 19 goals and Marc Andre Ter Stegen leads the Zamora trophy with 24 clean sheets.
Without a further due, let’s look at the top performers of yesterday’s game, If you are unfamiliar with the Matchday awards, Here are the official title names of BarcelonaLatest Matchday Awards, named after all-time Barcelona greats.
- Best Player of the Opposition – “Mutual Respect”
- Best Substitute – “Súper Luuk” (Luuk de Jong)
- Best Defender – “El Tiburón” (Carles Puyol)
- Best Midfielder – “El Cerebro” (Iniesta)
- Best Forward – “El Pistolero” (Luis Suarez)
- Player of the Match – “La Pulga” (Leo Messi)
Mutual Respect – German Pezzella
When disaster struck Real Betis last night and The Andalusians lost all the momentum, The Argentine world cup winner held his own at the back for Real Betis and tried his best to contain the onslaught that FC Barcelona produced. The Argentine CB played the whole game attempting 20 passes and achieving 1 successful tackle while clearing numerous dangerous crosses that reached the Betis penalty area.
Súper Luuk – Lamine Yamal
The 15 year old La Masian starlet, Lamine Yamal became the youngest ever debutant for FC Barcelona last night when the youngster entered the pitch of Camp nou in the 80th minute with home fans roaring on for the La Masian. In his 10 minute stint, Lamine produced a shot at target and created two chances for his fellow teammates. He was unlucky not to come away with something but he is just getting started.
El Tiburón – Andreas Christensen
The Danish CB started against Real Betis after a long injury layoff and Andreas just picked it right where he left off, scoring for the Catalans in the first half while attempting 46 passes and achieving 1 successful tackle and 2 clearances in his 60 minute spell.
El Cerebro – Sergio Busquets
The veteran midfielder and Barça’s captain once again held the midfield against Real Betis, orchestrating the flow of the game while producing defense splitting passes to create chances for his fellow teammates. Sergio came up with an inch perfect pass to pick up Raphinha which led to the third goal.
El Pistolero – Robert Lewandowski
The Polish striker scored yet another goal for FC Barcelona taking his tally to 27 goals in all competitions (19 Laliga goals). Robert leads the Laliga Pichichi race with two goals above Karim Benzema. Lewandowski had more chances to score on the night but he was unable to come up with more goals but the Polishman had a great game off the ball as well, constantly dropping deep to link up the play while creating spaces for his fellow attackers with his great off the ball movements.
La Pulga – Raphinha
The Brazilian was on another level in this game where he recorded an assist with a beautiful curling cross to set up Andreas Christensen for the opener while chipping the goalkeeper for his goal on the night. Raphinha became a constant threat in the right wing making Juan Miranda and Abner’s day a little more difficult.
With this goal and the assist, Raphinha now has 21 G+A in this season ( 10 goals 11 assists) which is highly admirable. In comparison Neymar recorded 24 G+A in his 1st season at Blaugrana and Raphinha still has 6 matches to go above Neymar’s numbers. With all the criticism that Raphinha is facing this season it’s time to accept that in the absense of Dembele, Raphinha has done a great job at the right wing.
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