Barcelona power past Real Betis

Barcelona moved back to the top of the La Liga table after coasting to a 4-0 victory over Real Betis at Nou Camp on Wednesday.

Barcelona 4-0 Real Betis
Ceballos almost scores Betis opener
Westermann scores OG after missed penalty 
Messi makes it 2-0 within minutes
Suarez adds two more after half-time

Match Summary

Despite Barca dominating the opening exchanges, Dani Ceballos nearly gave Betis the lead after dispossessing Dani Alves.

The hosts were awarded a penalty just before the half-hour mark, and even though Neymar missed from the spot, Betis' Heiko Westermann was given the own goal from the rebound.

Lionel Messi had the simplest of finishes to make it 2-0 within minutes, and Barca's dominance continued in the second half as Luis Suarez continued his good form with another brace to seal a dominant victory for the home side.

Match Report

Barca soon set about controlling possession, although the first chance of the match fell to Betis. Dani Alves was dispossessed by Dani Ceballos, who headed straight for goal, only for Alves to recover and pull off a last ditch tackle.

Barca almost responded immediately when Luis Suarez found Neymar in the box, but the Brazilian's header could only pick out Adan in goal.

Just before the half-hour mark, Barca were awarded a penalty for Adan taking down Lionel Messi, who was arriving to deal with a cross. The keeper punched the ball clear but caught the Argentine on the follow through.

Neymar smashed his penalty against the bar, but Ivan Rakitic spared his blushes after helping to convert the rebound. Rakitic got caught up with Betis' Heiko Westermann, who was eventually given the own goal.

The hosts doubled their lead just four minutes later, as Neymar played in Messi, making his 500th Barcelona appearance, who converted the simplest of goals.

It took only 60 seconds of the second half for Luiz Suarez to make it 3-0, finishing in the bottom corner after good work from Sergio Busquets on the edge of the box.

Barca continued to create more chances, with the woodwork saving the visitors on three separate occasions as Messi struck the crossbar twice and Alves just missed out with a chip over the keeper.

Their fourth goal finally arrived seven minutes from time, Suarez and Neymar combining again before the Uruguayan finished from close range.