Betis scare Barca before Sanchez & Messi claim the points

Barcelona 4 – Real Betis 2 (La Liga, January 15, 2012) (Alternative highlights) After 10 minutes Xavi opened the scoring on his 400th appearance after Cesc Fabregas had hit the post. Two minutes later it was 2-0 as Lionel Messi converted a delicious Alexis Sanchez cross. Betis halved the deficit on 32 as Ruben Castro tapped in from close range. Betis clawed back level after the break courtesy of a wonderful strike from Roque Santa Cruz. Betis were reduced to ten men when Mario collected a second yellow in the 71st, and Barcelona were quick to capitalise when Alexis Sanchez scored four minutes later with a low shot into the near post. Barca sealed the win three minutes from time when Lionel Messi converted from the spot.

Prior to the match Lionel Messi showed off his new Ballon d’Or to the Nou Camp.

Post-match interview: Pep Guardiola.

Individual highlights: Lionel Messi.

Skill of the Week: Andres Iniesta’s great ‘Cruyff Turn’ vs Betis.