Barcelona lost at Betis home in fourth, despite the presence of Messi
MADRID – Barcelona lost for the first time in all competitions more than two years after leaders of the Primera Liga lost 4-3 Real Betis at Camp Nou on Sunday despite Lionel Messi's return from injury and resignation of Ivan Rakija.
The young winger gave the young man a deserved victory in 20 minutes after the end of the counterattack, while captain Joaquin doubled the lead in 35 minutes after another spectacular junior lead.
Messi kicked off a penalty kick in the middle of the second half, but Betis managed to pull two goals before Giovanni Lu Celso after an unusual offense Mark-Andre-Terre Stegen put the ball into the net.
Arturo Vidal quickly responded to the home side to redouble the gap, but after Rakech dropped two hits, Sergio Canales made a score of 4-2.
Messi added another goal in stoppage time, but Betis held his first win at Camp Nou since 1998.
The defeat left Barcelona with 24 points of 12 games, one in front of Atletico Madrid and Deportivo Alaves came third.
The morale at Camp Nou before the match was good for Messi's return, which was interrupted in Sevilla three weeks ago, and since then the Catalan team has won four games and withdrew once without a goal in history.
The Argentine striker opened the scoring in the first minute but did not get the ball well and Betis started to keep up with Barcelona's possession, which is unusual at Nou Camp.
Betis lost a few chances before Junior opened the score, and former goalkeeper Espanyana Pau Lopez saved the opportunity from Clement Lenglier to finish the score before Joaquin managed to score 2-0.
Barcelona coach Ernesto Balverde included coach Vidal instead of Brazilian Artur, but Betis continued to create opportunities.
It was Barcelona's first defeat at home since losing 2-1 to Alaves in September 2016 and for the first time four times in the league got the 4-2 defeat of Deportivo Corune in April 2003.