Barcelona had to come from behind twice to overcome Real Betis at the Benito Villamarin arena following a frantic affair that saw either side reduced to 10 men.
The hosts got off to a quick begin after var helped award a penalty within the fifth minute after Clement Lenglet was adjudged to have handled the ball within the area.
Sergio Canales stepped up to convert the penalty to allow Betis an early lead.
However, the lead only lasted two minutes after
Lionel Messi fantastically found Frenkie de Jong darting into the area before the dutchman brought the ball down together with his chest before volleying home.
Betis restored their lead shortly before the 30 minutes mark once Nabil Fekir was sent through on goal before finishing with a long-range effort to create it 2-1.
They looked smart for their lead but in first-half stoppage time, Barcelona stricken once more through the unlikely source of Sergio Busquets, who reticulate his 1st goal of the season.
Despite several decent possibilities, Messi struggled to urge past Betis goalkeeper Robles, who attained a number of sensible saves to deny the Argentine.
With twenty minutes left on the clock, it had been Lenglet who went from zero to hero once giving Barcelona the lead for the first time with a header from a free-kick.
It all began to fall aside for the hosts once Fekir received two yellow cards in fast succession to urge himself sent off. Lenglet’s rollercoaster of a performance concluded up with the Frenchman seeing red for a second yellow card offense.
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