La Liga: ‘Super Sub’ Lionel Messi guides Barcelona to a comeback victory

Barcelona was lagging behind Real Betis with a goal until Talisman Lionel Messi came off the bench to level things within two minutes of his introduction, setting the pace for a vital victory for the Culers. 

The home side took the lead in the first half when Borja Iglesias finished from close range in the wake of a quick counter.

In dire need of something extra, Kirman introduced Messi in the 57tj minute.

Messi, rested by manager Ronald Koeman, was sent on in the 57th minute, and pray to tell his impact was felt immediately as he brought Barcelona on leveled terms almost immediately. 

Soon after, Victor Ruiz’s own goal put Barcelona ahead. 

Ruiz made up for his mistake with an equalizer minutes later.

It seemed like the host was set to take something away from the encounter, but Trincao’s late strike sealed a sixth successive away win for the visitors.

The victory moved Barcelona up to second in the Spanish top flight, leveled on points with third-place Real Madrid, seven points behind Atletico Madrid, who have two games in hand. 


Real Betis 2 – 3 Barcelona 

Real Sociedad 4 – 1 Cádiz 

Ath Bilbao 1 – 1 Valencia 

Osasuna 2 – 1 Eibar 

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