Lionel Messi marked his return for Barcelona with two goals and an assist on Sunday but it was still not enough as his side were beaten 3-4 by Real Betis in their La Liga clash at Camp Nou.

Hard as Barcelona tried, they could just get it right as they were reduced to 10 men in a 4-3 home defeat to Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday.

Barcelona were always trailing after Junior Firpo opened the scoring in the 20th minute.

Joaquin Sanchez made it 2-0 for Betis before halftime. After Messi pulled one back from the penalty spot, Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen let a shot by Giovani Lo Celso slip through his hands to restore Betis' two-goal cushion.


Messi briefly rekindled the comeback in the 79th when he threaded a pass forward for substitute Munir El Haddadi, who laid off for Vidal to reduce the deficit to 3-2.

But Barcelona was left with 10 men in the 82nd when Ivan Rakitic earned a second booking for a hard tackle on Lo Celso.

A minute later Junior led another attack for Betis from the left flank, passing for substitute Sergio Canales to slide and push his cross home.

Messi scored his second goal in stoppage time but it was not enough to get his team a point.


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