Apr 5, 2014 at 5pm UK at ​Camp Nou
Barcelona
3-1
Real Betis
Messi (15' pen., 86'), Figueras (67' og.)
FT(HT: 1-0)
Castro (68')
Reyes (60'), Amaya (77')

Half-Time Report: Lionel Messi gives Barcelona the lead against Real Betis

Lional Messi gives Barcelona a 1-0 lead over Real Betis after the first half of their La Liga match at the Camp Nou.

A penalty from Lionel Messi has given Barcelona a 1-0 lead in their La Liga match against Real Betis this evening.

The hosts started strongly and almost opened the scoring when Adriano found Xavi on the edge of the box, but the midfielder saw his low drive kept out by Antonio Adan.

They were then given a penalty moments later after Alexis Sanchez was brought down in the box by Jordi Figueras. Messi stepped up to take the spot kick and calmly slotted the ball home.

Barcelona continued to dominate and should have doubled their lead when Adriano drilled a low ball across the six-yard box that Dani Alves turned wide of the post.

Messi came close to adding a second minutes before the break, but after picking the ball up just outside the box, he bent an effort just wide.

Pedro Rodriguez of FC Barcelona celebrates with his team mate Lionel Messi after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match against Malaga on January 26, 2014
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