Lionel Messi scores twice in vain for Barcelona
Barcelona suffered their first home defeat in La Liga for more than two years, the champions losing 4-3 to Real Betis despite Lionel Messi scoring twice on his return to action.
First-half goals from Junior and Joaquín gave the visitors a 2-0 lead before Messi pulled one back from the penalty spot midway through the second half.
However, Barcelona goalkeeper then let a shot from Giovani Lo Celso slip through his hands and although substitute Arturo Vidal reduced the deficit on 79 minutes, Ivan Rakitic was sent off moments later and Sergio Canales made it 4-2 soon after.
Messi finished off a flowing move in stoppage time to make it 4-3, but Betis held on to inflict Barcelona’s first defeat at the Nou Camp in La Liga since they lost 2-1 to Alavés in September 2016.