Messi scores in 500th game for Barcelona

Barcelona returned to the top of the Spanish La Liga with a 4-0 win over Real Betis. The match saw Lionel Messi make his 500th appearance for the club and he managed to get on the score sheet.

Barcelona went ahead in controversial fashion in the 29th minute when Real Betis keeper Adan collided with Messi as he went for the ball, replays though showed the Betis keeper had managed to reach the ball first before the collision but the referee awarded a penalty

Real Betis were furious with the decision and Neymar slipped while taking the penalty and subsequently hit the cross bar the rebound though saw Real Betis Westerman put the ball into his own net while trying to defend.

Barcelona’s second was classy with Messi scoring after Neymar had ran into the box before making a cut back for the Argentine to score.

Barcelona made it three just after the halftime break with Suarez scoring after Busquets had brought the ball down well before feeding Suarez  who finished.

Seven minutes from time Suarez added his second and the fourth for Barcelona after a good move that Suarez,Adriano and Neymar exchange the ball well.

The win puts Barcelona on 38 points with a superior goal difference over 2nd placed Atletico Madrid and two points ahead Real Madrid.

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